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For Immediate Release: May 25, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Board of Education approves new technical school programs

Three South Dakota technical institutes will offer new programs in the next two years. The South Dakota Board of Education approved the programs at a meeting last week.

“The decisions to add the programs stem from both student demand and the needs of the surrounding communities,” said Jeff Holcomb, director of Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.

Southeast Technical Institute will begin offering Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technology and Pharmacy Technician programs in 2006-07. The programs should help meet the needs of Sioux Falls’ fast-growing medical community.

END Technology will be a two-year program, and Pharmacy Technician will be an 11-month program. According to Holcomb, Southeast was encouraged by local organizations to pursue both programs. Initially, 30 students will be accepted in each program.

Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City will add a Field Engineering Technician program in the fall of 2006. The program will result in an associate of applied science degree. Graduates will be able to work for many private and government entities wanting to monitor and sample remote resources.

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown will add to its Welding Technology program. The new program, which takes effect this fall, will offer students in the existing Welding Technology program the option to continue their education and obtain an associate’s degree.