TI Complaint Form – Updated Feb 2014
South Dakota’s four technical institutes – Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City – offer more than 100 associate degree, certificate and diploma programs in the state’s high-need career fields. They are governed jointly by the South Dakota Department of Education, the South Dakota Board of Education and the local school boards of the districts in which they are located.
Mission of the Technical Institutes
The mission of the technical institutes is to provide students with the aptitude, knowledge, and technical and people skills necessary for entry into and advancement in their chosen career field.
The technical institutes are able to accomplish this effectively and efficiently by utilizing industry partnerships and advisory councils. Industry partnerships give students access to the latest developments in new technologies while helping offset the costs of these technologies for the technical institutes. Advisory councils help the institutes to make adjustments when necessary, in order to ensure they are providing students with the most up-to-date and relevant industry information.
Each institute also offers a Corporate Education component, in which instructors work directly with a business or industry to design a specific training to meet their unique needs.
Progress of the technical institutes is monitored regularly through three reporting mechanisms.
Placement – This report monitors whether graduates of the technical institutes are getting jobs in their chosen career fields. It also tracks the average starting salary for graduates, and the percentage of graduates that stay in South Dakota.
Enrollment – This report keeps track of fall enrollment trends from year to year, to make sure programs are still meeting the needs of today’s students.
Retention – This report monitors the number of students who return to continue their studies from term to term and successfully earn a degree at the program and institution level.
The ability to transfer a college course gives students the flexibility of being able to take a course and know it will apply to a training program at another institution. Some courses taught at the technical institutes are fully transferable to other South Dakota tech schools. SD Administrative Rule 24:10:43:01 requires courses with like competencies be transferable among the four technical institutes. Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, Southeast Technical Institute (STI) in Sioux Falls, and Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City offer courses that meet this rule as outlined below.
24:10:43:01. Minimum standards for program approval. The following are the minimum standards for approval of programs leading to an associate of applied science degree granted by a postsecondary technical institute: (3) Associate of applied science degree courses with like competencies must be transferable among the state postsecondary technical institutes.
||Common Course Title
||# Credit Hours
|Computer Information Systems
||Introduction to Computers
||ENGL 201 (1 credit)
||MATH 101 (4 credits)
||Psychology of Human Relations/Human Relations in the Workplace
For questions about the technical institutes’ role in workforce development, contact Keley Smith-Keller at the Department of Education’s Division of Career & Technical Education at (605) 220-3714.
NOTE: South Dakota’s public universities are governed by the Board of Regents.
SD Board of Regents