Western Dakota Technical Institute

Local Community Colleges in South Dakota

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Offers a list of all two-year community colleges and technical schools within South Dakota, including brief introduction and official website address.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state of South Dakota in the United States with 176,888 residents (U.S. Census, 2017). It is located farthest southeast of South Dakota, on the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls was founded in 1857, the city status from 1883. The city is named the waterfalls in the river and is the state’s largest city. Sioux Falls is a major metropolitan area with 259,094 residents. The town has many Norwegian-speaking residents.

Business and culture

Sioux Falls is a trading center for a large agricultural district. The meat industry is significant and so is the wood, metal, mechanical and electrical engineering industries. The city has grown strongly since the 1970s and has gained great importance as an important center for retail, healthcare and financial services. The town of some universities and colleges.

Sioux Falls has more than 70 parks, including Falls Park north of downtown. A well-developed network of trails for outdoor activities follows the river course. The town has an Indigenous Museum, and the Great Plains Zoo is located in Sherman Park.


For many millennia, American indigenous peoples lived in villages in the area, leaving several burial mounds, including on highs near the river. French explorers visited the area in the early 18th century. A colony was established in 1856 by the two Dakota Land Company of St. Paul and the Western Town Company of Dubuque, Iowa, and the city was founded in 1857. The settler area was attacked by indigenous peoples and abandoned in 1862.

Fort Dakota Military Station was established in 1865 and settlers gradually returned. In 1873, when extensive construction work was started, the city had 593 residents and grew strongly. Hydropower was developed in the waterfalls and after the arrival of the railway, which led to even stronger population growth, exports of granite began.

A national economic downturn and grasshopper swamps led to economic decline in the 1890s. From 1890 to 1910, Sioux Falls was known for liberal divorce laws. A meat packing plant opened in 1909. There was a failed test operation of a nuclear power plant northeast of the city in 1966-1967.

Sioux Falls has had a steady and significantly growing population since 1900.

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown tech school claims to be the fastest growing in the region. Check out its 22 programs of study, and read about campus events.


Mitchell Technical Institute

School offers faculty and staff listings, student homepages, a list of academic programs and contact information.


Sisseton Wahpeton Community College

Chartered by the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, this college in Agency Village details its programs. Link to the Dakota Language homepage.


Southeast Technical Institute

Profile of this institute features a school calendar, admissions policy and procedure information and an overview of student life.


Western Dakota Technical Institute

Geared toward students seeking short-term technical training. School is located in Rapid City.


Western Dakota Technical Institute