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Governance

The South Dakota postsecondary vocational education system was conceived through the 1963 Vocational Education Act and subsequent state legislation. Western Dakota Tech is one of four technical institutes in South Dakota, it operates under a dual governance system. Tuition and state fees, program approval, and bonding issues are decided by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education. Policy, hiring, local fees, and operations are governed by the Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education, the same board that governs the K-12 district in Rapid City. The Western Dakota Tech President reports to the local School Board of the Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) District.

The state Board of Technical Education members are appointed by the Governor. Local board members are elected by the citizens of Rapid City. Agendas and minutes of both local and state board meetings are available for public review and all meetings are open to the public. In addition to its regularly scheduled meetings that include Western Dakota Tech business, the local board holds quarterly meetings on the Western Dakota Tech campus.

For more information about the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, meetings, agendas, and minutes:

Visit the SD Board of Technical Education Website

For more information about the RCAS Board of Education, meetings, agendas, and minutes:

Visit the RCAS Board of Education Website

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