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BSC alum improves bank’s processes using IT training

Posted: Apr 16 2021
Tyler Ness BSC automation student standing in front of computer server
Originally from Bismarck, Tyler Ness (’06) knew what degree to pursue in college from a very early age.
“I knew I was going into IT back when I first played on a computer as a kid. I love working with technology and figuring out how things work.”
That’s exactly what he does now as a bank applications administrator working at First International Bank & Trust where he’s been for the past five years. Ness’ latest project there involves automating processes for updating transactions and accounts and generating reports that had previously been done manually.
“The old way consisted of several checklists that contained daily tasks that were critical in getting completed. We found a product that could eliminate manual work that was being done.”
Ness said his associate in applied science degree with a technology support specialist focus from BSC was instrumental in preparing him for his current position.
“The program I originally enrolled in may be different these days, but I enjoyed it as you took classes in different IT subjects like networking, programming, web/graphic design and more. I use the knowledge I learned from all my BSC classes to this day.”
After completing his associate’s degree, Ness earned a bachelor’s degree through Dickinson State. 

“I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to earn my bachelor’s through a flexible program that was easy to fit into my existing work schedule.”Tyler Ness working on computer server
The field of IT is ever evolving, and BSC is on pace to keep up with the changes. In the fall of 2019, BSC added cybersecurity and information technology to its offering of bachelor of applied science degrees. 
With hands-on experience, Ness finds the work stimulating.
“Approaching each task is interesting as it may require designing a flow chart, working with the relevant business units on learning more about what they’re doing, sometimes just totally re-working the entire process from start to finish and thinking outside the box.”
Learn more about BSC’s bachelor of applied science in cybersecurity and information technology.