The Northern Information Technology Consortium, which includes Lake Region State College, received the Director's Award of Excellence at the 42nd annual Department of Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference in Bismarck August 6.
Other colleges in the consortium are Dakota College at Bottineau, Turtle Mountain Community College, Williston State College, and Valley City State University.
The award is an acknowledgement of superior career and technical education programs in North Dakota. Accepting the award were Dr. Doug Darling, interim president of LRSC and program instructors Marlin Allery, Jason Brandvold, Curtis Hill, Diane Keller, Susan Pfeifer, Ken Quamme, Colette Schimetz, and Heidi Schneider.
Working together creates opportunities for students interested in studying Information technology, Schneider said.
The consortium provides students the opportunity to diversify skill sets by offering courses not available at one's home campus. These skills provide students with the business application and technical skills necessary to meet the growing demand for educated individuals to support the hardware, software, communications, and training needs of a business organization.
"This partnership allows us the opportunity to structure a unified curriculum that allows for sharing of courses and resources. Students see a benefit because the use of various delivery methods, such as online and Interactive Video Network, allows students the option of creating a flexible course schedule," Schneider said.
Program faculty serve as liaison between students and employers to facilitate internship opportunities. Students are placed in campus employment position to provide formal work experience.
Articulation of the two-year degree with Valley City State University gives students an option to seamlessly enter a bachelor degree program in information technology.