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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Board approves several program updates for Technical Institutes

The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a handful of new and expanded programs for the four technical institutes.

Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls will expand its Marketing and Business Administration programs to include more options for specializations. The Marketing program will begin offering options for specializations in Marketing Design or Sales; the Business Administration program will offer additional specializations in Management or Human Resources.

“These additional options will be of great benefit to our students when they enter the workforce, offering them more flexibility to choose the specific area where they really want to hone their skills,” says STI President Jeff Holcomb.

Southeast also will begin offering two new programs next fall: Entrepreneurship and Allied Health. The Allied Health program will allow students in Health Information Services, Pharmacy Technician and Surgical Technology the chance to broaden their ranges while earning an Associates of Applied Science degree.

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown will offer a fifth area of specialization – Computer Security Specialist – within its Computer Information Systems program.

Mitchell Technical Institute will begin a new program in Industrial Maintenance Technology next fall. MTI President Greg Von Wald says the program makes perfect sense for MTI because it already offers several successful programs that are closely related, such as the Wind Turbine Technology program.

The state Board of Education also approved name changes for programs at Western Dakota Technical Institute and Lake Area Technical Institute. WDT’s Electrical and Electronic Technology program will become the Electrical Trades program. LATI’s Machine Tool Technology program will be called Precision Machining. According to WDT President Craig Bailey, the changes reflect industry updates.