Many high school seniors may be checking out colleges this time of year, like Southeast Technical Institute. Southeast Technical Institute gave a tour on Thursday, talking about the different curriculum they have to offer, but the visitor wasn’t a new student.
U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson traveled around campus talking with students and staff.
“It was pretty cool being able to talk to him and stuff, and being able to see him in person, and see what he has to say and questions he was wondering,” Wyatt Hickey said.
Johnson plans to visit different technical schools throughout South Dakota to see how education is developing and being delivered.
“Being on the education committee, this is going to be a key priority of mine. It’s the education of workforce or education of labor committee so understanding how our workforce can move, and evolve, and progress is going to be a key priority of mine,” Johnson said.
With advanced technology, technical schools like Southeast Tech provide hands on education. But some of those educational tools come at a price.
“I mean they cost $60,000 and you want to make sure you got, of course the private sector needs to be involved, but there’s also a role for government in making sure that tuition stays low and that we have a great opportunity for these kids to work with that cutting edge technology that doesn’t come cheap,” Johnson said.
Visiting different sites gives Johnson an idea of what technical school can provide.
“They are preparing people for fantastic careers. Careers that you can pay the bills in, that you can have meaningful work in, that you can contribute to your state and community. These are great places to build a future,” Johnson said.
Representative Johnson is also planning stops in:
Rapid City – Western Dakota Tech
Mitchell – Mitchell Technical Institute
Watertown – Lake Area Technical Institute