Mitchell Technical Institute

South Dakota's technical schools are retaining students at a higher rate than the national average. The state's four tech schools are keeping 78% of their students. The national average is 62%. 

Nick Wendell is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education. He credits the high retention rates to transition initiatives that help students handle their first year. Wendell also says they've focused on resources for veterans and other non-traditional students. 

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell Technical Institute is getting a donation of equipment from NextEra Energy. The tech school is expecting an expansion of their Wind Turbine program with this donation. 

NextEra Energy is donating nearly $1,000,000 worth of equipment to Mitchell Tech to help students learn more about wind power.

The equipment includes two power nacelles, the powerhouse of the turbine, as well as two rotor hubs.

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In The Moment ... September 17, 2018 Show 423 Hour 1

Fifty years ago, with fewer than 200 students and a small faculty and staff, Mitchell Technical Institute opened its doors.  Part of a larger system of four institutes statewide, MTI has developed unique programs and grown to an annual enrollment of more than 1200 students.  In recent years, the growth has allowed MTI to move to a modern campus on Mitchell's south side along I-90 where students can plan for a wide variety of occupations.


Julie Brookbank, MTI vice president for marketing joins Innovation to talk about a national recognition.

In The Moment ... June 14, 2017 Show 114 Hour 1

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