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Bismarck State College will award up to 100 scholarships to North Dakota educators providing them with financial support to upskill in cybersecurity fundamentals with the goal to enhance retention of educators and improve transference of vital cybersecurity skills to North Dakota students, preparing them for the future. Educators are eligible for up to two $500 scholarships.
These non-credit courses will provide unique and valuable skills in cybersecurity fundamentals, network security, and information security. The coursework experience will be similar to what their students will learn if the course is taught within a school district. Educators will have access to all discussions, activities, assessments, etc. that would be expected of their students. A grade will not be applied to coursework; however, a quiz is required at the end of each chapter before the next chapter is released.
Cybersecurity Foundation, 48 hours, Self-paced Online, $600
Network Security Fundamentals, 48 hours, Self-paced Online, $600
Principles of Information Security, 48 hours, Self-paced Online, $650
Course start dates begin the second Monday of each month between now and May 13, 2024 with course access available for 12 weeks from the start date chosen.
Very few scholarships remain!
The scholarships are on a first come, first served basis. Once the funds have been depleted (by registering for a class), we will no longer be able to honor scholarships. Do not wait to register.
Following the successful completion of the coursework, for a small membership fee secondary and post-secondary schools can become an academy school member. As a member, certain benefits are available including access to our Netlab environment. Contact us at 701-224-5600 or
for details on how to sign up as a academy school member with BSC.
Interested in receiving three (3) continuing education credits (graduate credits) for each course?
Graduate credit is issued by Valley City State University or the University of North Dakota. For more information on graduate credit and to apply and pay go to the
website. The application for graduate credit must be completed
the first day of class.
BSC has partnered with the ND Department of Public Instruction to align these courses to meet the DPI Level 2 and Level 3 Computer Science and Cybersecurity Credentials allowing educators to teach introductory and intermediate-level computer science or cyber-related courses as determined by ND DPI at any grade level corresponding with the recipient's teaching license. These levels are key to North Dakota meeting the 2018 PK-20W Initiative to develop strong pathways that lead North Dakota students into a strong workforce for current and emerging industries. To learn more about Level 2 and Level 3 Credentials visit
or ND DPI's website at
What school district are you employed by?
Describe why you are seeking to obtain Cybersecurity training and how this professional development will support your career and/or classroom.
Have you taken an online class with a North Dakota University System institution (BSC, NDSU, UND, etc) in the past?
If yes, please indicate your Blackboard Username or Student ID:
Select all Non-College Credit Course Options you are interested in applying the scholarship(s) to. Please note, you are eligible to receive up to two $500 scholarships.
(Hover the cursor over the name of the course to read the class description.)
– 48 hours
Network Security Fundamentals
– 48 hours
I am interested in taking all courses
Principles of Information Security
– 48 hours
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