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For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

State Board of Education Approves New Programs for Tech Institutes

The South Dakota Board of Education has approved four program expansions at the state’s technical institutes. The programs will begin this fall.

Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City will offer a Paramedic Specialist associate-in-applied science (AAS) degree, which will complement the existing Fire Science program.

Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls will offer a new Early Childhood Specialist program. Southeast will provide both a two-year AAS degree and a nine-month diploma program.

The board also approved a pair of program expansions at Southeast Technical Institute.

Southeast will offer a nine-month Health Information Services program, which will prepare students to manage and coordinate the flow of patient information in health care settings, and the institute will offer a two-year Mechatronics Technology degree, which integrates mechanics, electronics, hydraulics and computer control systems to meet industry demands.

In addition, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown provided the board with an update of its improved Agriculture program. Faculty members have restructured the curriculum to offer additional, specialized options while still providing students with a common foundation in agricultural education.

“All of these programs will provide skilled workers for critical need areas within South Dakota industries,” said Mark Wilson, director of curriculum, career and technical education for the South Dakota Department of Education. “Students and employers alike will benefit from these expansions and updates.”