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For Immediate Release: July 25, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

State Board of Education approves new nursing program at Southeast Tech

The South Dakota Board of Education approved a new program today that will give students at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls an opportunity to obtain an associate in applied science degree in Registered Nursing.

Currently, Southeast Tech offers a diploma program in Licensed Practical Nursing, and many of the graduates of that program go on to obtain their RN certification elsewhere. The cost to add the RN option at the technical institute will be minimal due to the already robust LPN program.

“With strong health science programs already in place, and two of the state’s largest health-care systems based right in Sioux Falls, it’s a very natural fit for us,” said Southeast Tech President Jeff Holcomb. “As health care becomes more specialized, we’re finding that employers often encounter a shortage of Registered Nurses in particular. This will give our students another option to make themselves even more marketable.”

The new RN program will begin in spring 2012.

The state Board of Education also received updates about facility and construction projects at each of the state’s four technical institutes: Lake Area Tech in Watertown, Mitchell Tech, Southeast and Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City.