Community College draws excitement


One day after announcing the University Center in Sioux Falls is turning into a Community College, area high school students are talking. 

KELOLAND News found one such student at Roosevelt High School who is looking forward to attending classes there next fall. 

Melida Pineda, who’s graduating from high school this spring, was excited when she heard the University Center is changing into a Community College. 

“That’s a great opportunity for me,” Pineda said. “I really wasn’t sure if I was going to go to college, but now I’m almost done with school.” 

Melida says she’s excited, because it’ll be cheaper than a traditional four year school, but mostly because she’s undecided on a career path.  

“Not sure yet, but I’m planning nursing or police officer,” Pineda said. 

Because Melida doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do after high school, the Community College says that’s exactly the kind of students they’re looking for.

“Need some support, need some guidance, perhaps some tutoring, perhaps some counseling; to make sure they are heading in a solid path and can continue down that path,” Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents Paul Beran said. 

A path that’ll give graduating students one more option when it comes to a post secondary education.

The hope is to give everyone a chance at a brighter future, including the students, the institution and the community.  

“So the goal is to bring those enrollment trends back up by reaching into area high schools, and into the work place population to satisfy the needs of employers,” Beran said.  

Students at the Community College will have the opportunity to pursue two year degrees with the option to continue to work toward a four year degree. 

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