Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:00

Wanted: More Space to Train In-Demand Auto Mechanics

Auto technology instructor Jason Merritt sees demand for his program from both sides:

  • from students, who sit on waiting lists and fill Southeast Technical Institute’s (Sioux Falls, SD) auto tech program beyond capacity
  • from employers, who snatch up his students and give them a job before they graduate

“We’ve been growing for years, here,” Merritt said. “The lab area just can’t handle any more expansion.”

A new building planned for STI’s campus will allow automotive programs to double their capacity. Plans for the 91,000-square-foot facility include a wing for auto tech and a wing for the school’s diesel technology program. School officials plan to use the vacated space in the Ed Wood Center to expand auto body lab space.

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