Technical Education

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. 

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With the rise of career and technical education in K-12 schools, there's one career path that often goes unmentioned - teaching.

One group is bringing a national organization to South Dakota Monday as 11 schools are taking part in the first Educators Rising conference.

Travis Lape is the state director for Educators Rising. He's also the Innovative Programs Director for the Harrisburg School District.

Jackie Hendry

Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe is joining Governor Dennis Daugaard to promote technical education in South Dakota. The all-day event (on Thursday) called “A New Day in Tech Ed in South Dakota” revolves around changing the conversation around educational opportunities. 

Governor Daugaard has made workforce development and tech ed a mainstay of his administration. He credits Mike Rowe for proving on a national scale that the world of work is more than pushing pencils and typing at computers.

Western Dakota Tech Marketing

A team from Western Dakota Tech reaches the finals in a National Science Foundation competition for community colleges. The team’s project uses electrical automation to provide organic food for communities in need. 

The project is based on a system called aquaponics. It’s a combination of aquaculture (raising aquatic animals for human consumption) and hydroponics (a method of growing plants in water rather than soil).

The South Dakota Board of Technical Education held its first spring meeting this week to set tuition for the next academic year. The board was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard last summer. 

Tuition rates for the state’s four technical institutions is set for the 2018 to 2019 school year, and it means a slight bump in costs for students. In-state students will pay 116-dollars per credit hour—a two-dollar increase from last year.

A measure that requires South Dakota high schools teach students CPR is on its way to the Senate floor. The Health and Human Service Committee passed Senate Bill 140 unanimously.

Members of a Statehouse panel are not requiring a private school scholarship fund to make donors’ names public. The House Education committee voted to kill House Bill 1125.

The House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously for a bill that creates a technical education board. The bill follows approval on Amendment R.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

University Sioux Falls officials say their school can fill a void left when a community college closed. USF is preparing to launch a program aimed at helping people learn English so they can go to college or become skilled workers. A program that used to help those students ended earlier this year. Now USF leaders say they’re resurrecting the opportunity.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lawmakers from districts in and around Sioux Falls are previewing their priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Wednesday morning a couple hundred people attended an annual breakfast from the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce to hear what lawmakers anticipate in the coming weeks.