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Recently, Southeast Tech has added another program to its already lengthy list of specialized degrees. Starting this fall, an electrician-training program will be available to all students who wish to complete an electrician degree in two years.

Many businesses in the Sioux Falls area are crying out for the need of more electricians. Getting someone who is highly trained and ready to work in this field is not that common to find. There are plenty of openings for electricians, however with not many programs in the area, there hasn’t been a large candidate pool businesses can choose from.

Getting an electrician degree at STI can also benefit you because it puts you in the area where jobs are needed. There are several electrician programs already, however close to all of them are offered outside of Sioux Falls.

The town of Sioux Falls also offers more things to get involved with and experience outside of going to class. STI would be a great environment to begin your career while developing a professional network and a great group of friends at the same time.

Saving to Splurge

It’s summer at last! Time to leave the worries of school behind and have some fun.

BUT WAIT… before you do that, it might be a good idea to think about what you can do this summer to help you be stress-free next fall. Southeast Tech is offering several great scholarships with more than $500,000 all together for Fall 2014. This is a great opportunity to save a little in the fall, while being able to splurge a bit more than usual this summer.

If you’re an incoming student, you can qualify for the True Blue, Building South Dakota, and Presidential Scholarships. Incoming students, as well as returning students are allowed to qualify for the Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarship. More information about these scholarships is available under the Scholarships Tab.

By being proactive during the summer, you can save time by having to work less during the school year. You will also see the benefits in scholarships once you’ve graduated once you start paying off your loans. Scholarships provide you with a fresh start to life once you’re ready to start your career.

Learn about your career, not about your major

It’s common these days to hear recent college grads talk about the struggles of finding a good job. So many of them have had to sacrifice their degrees for positions pertaining to skills outside their studies. It’s a shame to see so much money spent on an education that isn’t utilized in a desired career path.

For this reason alone, it is important for high-school students to look into the benefits and advantages of receiving post high school education at a technical institute. As it turns out, technical schools offer degrees in some of the most in-demand jobs in the US.
Within Southeast Technical Institution, we offer strong career placement and earlier financial freedoms. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report ranked the top three business related jobs in the United States to be Market Research Analyst, Operations Research Analyst, and Accounting, all of which are degrees or similar degrees offered at STI.

It’s important to take notice about how your future might be affected by education, especially if you have a desire to do business. Take a look at Southeast Tech for more career options related the business field.

What a kid wants.

What a kid wants.

Every day you hear parents of high school students and recent grads say, “I just don’t understand him,” or “I wish I knew what she wants.” There’s a simple answer. They want to be happy, just like everyone else.

After 12+ years in the classroom, signing up to start a new course of study just doesn’t seem attractive. In their eyes, happiness basics include enough money to support their tech habits, enough time left at the end of the day to rest, friends to chat with, their first taste of independence, and a decent job that they like.

Unfortunately, it takes more than a high school diploma to get from where they are to where they want to be. For some, the best solution is a technical education degree. The good news is, there are lots of jobs available in fast-growing companies that offer lots of room for advancement – and a salary that supports a hefty tech habit.

After 12 or more years in the classroom, tech ed is more affordable that a four-year degree and offers a quicker route to happiness, and for today’s grads, that’s something to smile about.

Dual Credit Enrollment at Southeast Tech

High school students across Sioux Falls now have an opportunity to get a head start on college with dual credit courses from Southeast Tech. This is big news for the Sioux Falls community as there has never been any dual credit enrollment offering in the area before. What exactly is dual credit and how is it beneficial for the Sioux Falls community?

Dual credit in a nutshell is the ability for students to get both high school and college credit for certain courses and under certain academic qualifications. The future is somewhat untold when it comes to certain technical careers in today’s society. The professionals in those positions are getting ready to retire with no one to replace them, a huge issue for employers and the overall health of the business market. Today’s TechEd students will meet this demand.

College or post-secondary education is a must in today’s world – no matter what or where that may be, it’s important to have a plan after high school. With dual credit options, high school students have the opportunity to jump-start their college credits and finish high school at the same time.

Check out Southeast Tech for more information about Dual Credit Enrollment courses, requirements and more information.

#techedcoffee – STI Career Expo & Career Fair Twitter Contest

@techedworks tweet a selfie to win coffee!!! We wanted to get the attention of students coming out for the career fair and what better way to do so than to have a coffee contest on twitter? Thank you to everyone that participated in the #techedcoffee contest! We loved seeing the future students and workforce of America out exploring their options.

With over seventy tweets and many selfies, a couple lucky winners received starbucks gift cards!

The students came out to Southeast Tech to explore future careers and learn more about how receiving a technical education can get them on the fast track to an awesome future!

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The Facts About Future Education

1:2:7. Do those numbers mean anything to you? They should. That is a simple ratio for job education requirement in the workforce. Let’s break it down. One job that requires a masters degree or higher must be supported by two jobs that require a bachelors degree, and seven jobs are needed that require a one-year certificate or two year degree to support those. This means the odds are of getting a job are much higher for a skilled position vs. a position requiring a four year degree. I don’t know about you but that is not the constant message we hear about education and job market these days.

According to the above video, the next generation is going to have a very grim future if everyone continues to obtain four-year degrees based upon the idea that they will be guaranteed a higher salary. Which in some cases is accurate… but not in most. You see, what you want to do and are good at will determine the success of your career – not simply having an education.

The old message doesn’t work anymore. The new message is that any person getting an education now has a choice. We are simply re-wording the message. In the video they call it “post-high school credential”. It’s about getting an education and obtaining the skills required for that job. A term they use is “gray collar job”, which means taking a job that does not require the education one received at a cost they can’t afford.

How cool is it that today’s generations gets the ability to do what they are good at and make a great salary. The idea is that if you are good at something, the possibilities are endless. You will make more, be happier and have a job that allows you to pay for your education. Check out the video, it explains the realities of the future and facts about our future workforce.

Top three reason to attend a Tech School

With graduation just over the horizon, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Should you go to a four-year school? Find a job and work your way up? Explore tech school options? As much fun as making decisions is, now is a good time to really think about what your future will look like.

While there are pro’s and con’s to every option, let’s take a look at why attending a tech school is a great option for you.

Top three reasons to attend a tech school:

1.Time: Shorter time in school, faster money options. When you put in the time to get an education, you want that time to pay off once you graduate. With most degree programs lasting only two years, Tech school will set you on your way to a great career.

2. Cost: Time is money. Literally. Whether you are financing your education or you have a little help from parents or family, there is always s a cost for a good education. A good education doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, it can be affordable. Tech schools offer the quality of a great education at a price you can earn back fast with a great career!

3. Career: While it may not seem like real life right now, there will come a day that you get to choose what you want to do with the rest of your life. Technical schools offer a ton of degree options that will allow you to get a career you want after you graduate. You can actually do what you want and get paid for it.

If those reasons aren’t enough, check out the TechEd website for more information or

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Technical Workforce in Sioux Falls

With continued growth in Sioux Falls and across the region, the need an innovative, educated and well-trained workforce has never been greater. The region’s industrial employers rely on qualified workers to compete and thrive in today’s competitive global marketplace. Where will this strong technical workforce come from?

TechEd Works for Me

We need the right workers at the right time with the right skills.

There’s a labor shortage in Sioux Falls and across the entire region. As we grow, the demand for an innovative, educated and well-trained workforce has never been greater. The region’s industrial employers rely on qualified workers to compete and thrive in today’s competitive global marketplace. Where will this strong technical workforce come from?

Technical education provides the workforce development needed to prepare workers with the necessary skills and to meet industry’s increasing need for a skilled technical workforce. But that’s not enough.

We need you.

A Workforce Initiative Partnership

Southeast Tech and Forward Sioux Falls, with the support of area businesses, are partnering to address critical workforce needs in the following targeted industries:

• Construction

• Manufacturing

• Automotive/Transportation

TechEd Works for Me is an initiative to elevate the image of technical education and position it as a fast-track solution to lucrative career opportunities in industry, while encouraging business and industry leaders to support tech ed grads with employment and advancement opportunities.

TechEd Works for Me will have a lasting impact on the community by helping to address urgent labor shortages and creating a sustainable workforce to serve the entire region now and in the future, and will raise awareness that for students, parents and our economy, tech ed works.