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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Technical institutes a focus of state Board of Education meeting

South Dakota’s four technical institutes were a focus of the South Dakota Board of Education meeting today at the Sioux Falls Public School District’s Career and Technical Education Academy. The board reviewed items such as new and expanded program requests, an accreditation review and the statewide facility plan.

The board approved Western Dakota Technical Institute’s request to begin a new Library Technician program next year, and to add a diploma option to its collision repair program. The board also approved updates to the electrical trades program. The updates reflect the latest industry advancements and workforce needs.

The Library Technician program will be the first of its kind in the state.

The board also heard a report on Mitchell Technical Institute’s recent review by the Higher Learning Commission. “We spent an immense amount of time and energy preparing for this and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result,” said MTI President Greg Von Wald. During the review, MTI received high praise for its recent facility upgrades and expansions as well as strong programs in emerging industries, including renewable energy, agriculture and health care.

The Department of Education’s Director of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education Mark Wilson presented the board with Phase II of the Technical Institute’s Statewide Facility Plan. Phase II of the state plan makes MTI’s move of all its existing programs to the South Campus the first priority in that plan. His recommendation was approved by the board.