Enrollment is up at Mitchell Technical Institute this fall after a slight decrease last year. This year’s total number enrolled is 1,224 compared with 1,208 in Fall 2017.
This year’s growth comes despite a planned 20% reduction in the Power Line Construction and Maintenance program for the 2018-19 school year. The reduction was deemed necessary after careful study of recent placement data for graduates from the program. Last year the decision was made to reduce the class size for the Class of 2019 in order to give more students a chance at jobs.
Showing the greatest gain in enrollment this year is the Construction and Manufacturing division. Electrical Construction and Maintenance is now the largest MTI program by enrollment with 95 students and is a popular option with plentiful jobs in the region. Ag-related programs also show strong enrollment trends this fall.
The Build Dakota scholarship program continues to generate heightened interest statewide in technical education. There are currently more than 100 students attending MTI in both first- and second-year programs whose school expenses are completely covered by the full-ride scholarship program, or the companion Double Edge employer program.
MTI is one of four technical institutes in the state, founded in 1968. More than 18,000 students have graduated from the school since it opened. Recent placement data indicates that 98% of the Class of 2017 found employment or were continuing their education within six months of graduating and 81% of those opted to remain in South Dakota.