Impact of Build Dakota on technical institutes

  • 10/23/2015

People used to think that only people who can't go to a 4 year university go to technical institutes.

But according to Mike Cartney, president at Lake Area Technical Institute, that notion is getting corrected.

“It’s falling away at the national level,” he said. “Technical education isn’t very different from traditional education, it’s just a different way of learning. Today, 80 percent of students are hands-on learners and benefit from the hands-on environment of a technical institute.”

The Build Dakota scholarship program covers a student’s tuition provided they enter a high-need program at one of the state’s four technical schools and pledge to work three years in South Dakota after graduating. Dustin Baertsch, an admissions counselor for Western Dakota Tech, said the program has been fantastic for recruitment.