Perhaps it’s partially a reflection of the costs of their urban settings. Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls had two of the highest annual costs for students in 2015-2016, according to a report that will be delivered Tuesday to state government’s new South Dakota Board of Technical Education.
For students who didn’t live with their parents, Western Dakota topped the list of 13 tech schools in the region, with an average cost of $20,590 in 2015-2016. Likewise, Southeast Tech was near the top at $19,080.
By comparison, Lake Area Technical Institute at Watertown was roughly middle of the pack at $15,756. Mitchell Technical Institute rounded out South Dakota’s four public tech schools at $15,380.
Lowest on the price list were Salina Area Technical College in Kansas at $12,929 and Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington at $14,404.