Eagle Creek Software Services announced a partnership with the state of South Dakota and city of Vermillion to bring 1,000 rural high-tech jobs to the state.
As a start, the company is building a $10 million technology center in Vermillion which will house 200 of these jobs.
“This is a great day for South Dakota and the resurgent technology business in America,” said SD Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “With a $10 million investment in the Vermillion community and new career path for University of South Dakota students, we are on track to create meaningful jobs that will benefit the community and make South Dakota more globally competitive in the information technology sector.”
Through a partnership with the Board of Regents and the University of South Dakota (USD), the newly launched Information Technology Consultant Academy will provide eligible students with a scholarship and a strategic career track to employment as an IT consultant.
“Technical skills are only one piece of core IT competencies. Today’s IT reality requires an understanding of U.S. business practices, communications skills beyond technology and a focus on time-to-market. By better educating our workforce, Eagle Creek Software Services can create a more sustainable and scalable IT solution while growing jobs in America,” said Ken Behrendt, president of Eagle Creek Software Services.
The IT Consultant Academy at USD will create a well-trained local workforce in South Dakota who can take advantage of high paying jobs. Graduates of the certificate program can expect to make between $40,000 to 45,000. Students with a master’s may earn in between $50,000 to $60,000.
“The challenges of today’s job market call for new skills and approaches,” said James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota. “Our mission as a university should be to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly high-tech workforce. We applaud and are proud to partner with Eagle Creek on this innovative project. The Information Technology Consultant Academy will put students on a career path for success.”
“Vermillion is already known as a destination for world class higher education,” said Steve Howe of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company. “This announcement further positions our city as a leader in technology and a global force in the IT industry. Vermillion is proud to be on the forefront of South Dakota’s technology surge.”
Minneapolis-based Eagle Creek Software Services employs more than 300 consultants, and has developed a services delivery model which they call the “Dakota Model.” It utilizes U.S.-based project centers in North Dakota and South Dakota, and this latest project in Vermillion is being labeled as an expansion of the Dakota Model.