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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2012
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Student leaders shadow state legislators in Pierre

The capital city welcomed about 40 student leaders from across the state today for Legislative Shadow Day.

The students are officers of South Dakota’s Career and Technical Student Organizations, and the day’s activities, including an early-morning recognition breakfast, are a part of the state’s efforts to celebrate February as National Career and Technical Education Month.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Feb. 7 as Career and Technical Student Organization Day in South Dakota, in honor of the positive contributions the groups make to their communities and the state as a whole.

During today’s event, students got an up-close, inside look at the operations of state government, policy making and elected offices.

“Many of these student leaders will become leaders within their communities,” said Tiffany Sanderson with the South Dakota Department of Education. “This is a great opportunity for them to gain experience and spark that interest.”

More than 96 percent of the students participating in career and technical education programs go on to graduate from high school. Of those graduates who took part in career and technical education programs, 76 percent continue on to postsecondary education in either a two- or four-year program.

There are nearly 700 career and technical education programs in more than 130 South Dakota school districts. CTE equips students with core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations; em¬ployability skills, such as critical thinking and responsibility; and technical skills related to specific career pathways.