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Issue Brief

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education blends academic and career skills with hands-on learning, giving students a competitive edge.
CTE Education
Published: December 4, 2023

High-quality technical education programs create opportunities for students to discover their interests and talents. These programs tap into students’ passions, leading them to solid careers that will build fulfilling lives.

Career and Technical Education programs can boost graduation rates by keeping students engaged in learning and focused on their future.

Educators must be involved in decision-making at all levels in these programs, especially as advocates for funding. Students need up-to-date equipment, support services, and assistance in getting important certifications.

Ready, Set, Grow!

SDEA provides high-quality professional learning to improve your professional practice, support student success and excellence, and build community with other members across South Dakota.
A student with a white dry-erase board covered in math equations behind them smiles at a teacher whose back is to the camera.

Build your career and find opportunities to lead.

Whether you're focused on your classroom, community, or capitol, we have tools to help you transform teaching and learning.

It's about our kids.

The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is a professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.