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(SD)-SD Technical Schools Celebrate Retention Rate, Honor Daugaard

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/06/2018 06:41 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -  This year's student retention rate at South Dakota's four technical institute's is 78%, which matches last year's rate. The retention rate measures all students who enroll one fall and return to the institution the following fall, in this case, fall 2017 to fall 2018.

    The numbers were presented Wednesday to the Board of Technical Education. Board executive director Nick Wendell says the 4 schools have continued to emphasize the importance of student success, an effort he says is continuing to yield positive results

     Wendell says if they can help students find their fit academically and socially, the likelihood increases that they will stay, persist to graduation, and ultimately get placed in a meaningful career. He calls a retention rate in the high 70s "good for our students, our system and our state."

    The Board of Technical Education also presented outgoing Governor Dennis Daugaard with the first Friend of Technical Education Award for promoting the value of technical education and serving as a champion for the state's technical institute system.

      Board members said the Governor and his team were instrumental in the establishment of both the and the Build Dakota Scholarship program, and they commended Daugaard for supporting investments at each of the institutions including renovations, new facilities and new equipment..

  Additionally, during his time as leader of the Western Governors' Association, Daugaard placed the focus of his term on workforce development and the role of technical education in preparing the workers of tomorrow.


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