The goal of the Dakota Digital Academy is to coordinate, expand and enhance educational opportunities in computing and cyber sciences in North Dakota and the upper Midwest. As an organization of the North Dakota University System (NDUS), the Dakota Digital Academy facilitates and supports students who wish to pursue high value digital world skills development and education.
- Mission: The Dakota Digital Academy (DDA) was formed to provide learners with access to quality education and training to assist the citizenry, businesses, and government of North Dakota in engaging and adapting to the changing demands and opportunities associated with the rapid digitization of our society and the economy.e through DDA initiatives.
- Demand: Employees needed in government, business, and industry in sectors such as energy, agriculture, health and medical enterprises, services, technology, and manufacturing all must have skills and education in computing and cyber sciences. Training, education, and upskilling is of high importance and need not just for the youth, but also for broad swaths of the existing workforce.
- Structure: A unit of the North Dakota University System (NDUS), the DDA is organized to provide motivated learners with access to quality digital-cyber oriented education, training, certificates, and knowledge made available through collaborative efforts of the eleven institutions in the system. Partnerships with government organizations and select business and corporate are included. The intent is for the opportunities be attainable via distance education, face-to-face on a campus, and through special periodic traveling mobile courses, workshops, boot camps and seminars to the regions of the state. Prior learning accomplished through training while on the job or through private professional development programs can also be used for credits toward certificates or degrees obtainable through DDA initiatives.
- Activities: Under DDA sponsorship and beginning in the fall of 2020, faculty members at the institutions of the NDUS are carrying out design and development work for 23 courses related to digital enterprises. A new web portal under development will serve learners by providing access to courses that advance their training and education. These courses fulfill valuable learning objectives in their own right, and are also established to meet requirements towards certificates in the high need areas of Cyber Security and Software Development. The courses and certificates will have a natural appeal to college students majoring or minoring in areas such as computer science, information technology, information systems, or software engineering.