Noem testifies to senators on $30M DSU cybersecurity program

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem testifies to a senate committee on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Pierre, S.D. The Republican governor is pushing lawmakers to allot $30 million to increase a Dakota State College cybersecurity program.Stephen Groves

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday added the drive of her presence to a legislative committee weighing her proposal to ship $30 million to increase a Dakota State College cybersecurity program.

The Republican governor made a uncommon look in a legislative committee to pitch lawmakers instantly on the proposal, which would come with the development of a cybersecurity lab in Sioux Falls, double the enrollment dimension of this system and increase a cybersecurity expertise coaching program for highschool college students.

“I imagine that we’re constructing in the direction of cybersecurity and expertise being the subsequent large trade within the state of South Dakota, which may be very thrilling for us as a result of that’s the precise form of careers that our children need,” she informed reporters.

Dakota State’s enlargement can be funded by a mixture of donations and state funds. Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is contributing $50 million, whereas Noem has proposed a $30 million allotment from the state finances. The town of Sioux Falls can be donating $10 million for the lab.


Lawmakers on the Senate State Affairs committee authorised Noem’s request for $30 million. It’ll subsequent proceed to a vote within the Senate.

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