South Dakota’s tech schools have solid year-after-graduation success

Capitol News Bureau
KELO Technical College

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — There was welcome news again Wednesday from South Dakota’s four public technical institutes.

Of 2,377 students who graduated last year, there were 1,257 with jobs in their fields in South Dakota this year.

Another 390 were continuing their educations, while three enlisted in the armed forces.

Campus leaders from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, Mitchell Technical Institute and Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City presented a joint report Wednesday.

They proudly told their story to the state Board of Technical Education. The Legislature established the panel two years ago after a statewide vote supported the concept.

“This is our first look at this,” Dana Dykhouse of Sioux Falls said about the report. He is board president. “Well done.”

Placement is a top measure used in deciding whether to continue programs, Mitchell Tech President Mark Wilson said.

The board learned that tech-school graduates in the medical fields, especially nursing, most often continue to four-year programs in pursuit of bachelor degrees.

The meeting at Lake Area was simulcast on sd.net.

You can read the report including data for each of the four campuses at https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/bcuploads/Item9doc1%20(1).pdf.

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