Bismarck State College Is Officially A Polytechnic Institution
In a press conference held at Bismarck State College on Wednesday, December 1st top school officials shared the details of BSC officially becoming a Polytechnic institution.
It was explained how the Polytechnic advantage will help students going forward. Hands-on, practical and purposeful learning. Flexible career pathways that will fit its students better. Professional connections to enrich their careers. Overall a more flexible, affordable, and transferable experience at Bismarck State College.
This model allows students to combine multiple academic programs (skill sets) to create customized, college degrees with industry-recognized credentials. These specialized programs and credentials are created in partnership with industry professionals and can be short-term, flexible, and adaptable to meet the needs of both the student and industry.
A polytechnic institution is supported by the private sector because it incorporates industry knowledge and skills into the education of the student's future workforce and provides a direct transition into the workplace. In the end, this will help produce sustainable economic development on a statewide level.
Students are attracted to a polytechnic institution because each career pathway is customizable to all their needs. Including opportunities to earn credentials, certificates, associate and bachelor's degrees. This process can actually begin in high school for the student, offering a seamless transition from K-12 to higher education to a high-demand career. Opportunities such as Bismarck Public Schools career academy which works through a partnership with Bismarck State College. There are also considerable cost savings to the student, taxpayer, and private sector.
They hope to break ground on a new polytechnic building in 2022, with the facility open for students in 2024.
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