SD board points to steady retention at tech schools

PIERRE, S.D. – Students at South Dakota’s four technical institutes are staying at their respective schools, according to a report released Wednesday.

© A Western Dakota Technical Institute student measures pipe during an electrical workshop at the school on Oct. 16, 2017.

The 2017-2018 retention rate was 78 percent – the same as the year before.

“Our institutions have continued to emphasize the importance of student success, and it’s continuing to yield positive results,” said Nick Wendell, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education. “If we can help students find their fit academically and socially, the likelihood that they will be retained, persist to graduation and ultimately get placed in a meaningful career, increases. A retention rate in the high seventies is good for our students, our system and our state.”

Also on Wednesday, board members honored Gov. Dennis Daugaard for supporting workforce development and technical institutes.

They commended the governor for his team’s role in establishing the board and the Build Dakota Scholarship program and for supporting facility investments.

The governor was presented with the first-ever Friend of Technical Education Award. The award recognizes those who promote the value of technical education.

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