Campus Closed Through May

Campus Closed Through May

April 7, 2020

On Monday, April 6, Governor Noem announced that she is asking all K-12 institutions and the four technical institute campuses to remain closed through the end of May due to the expanding Coronavirus health emergency.  To align with guidance from Governor Noem, all four technical institute campuses will continue to be closed to the general public now through Friday, May 29, 2020. 

As a result, Southeast Tech will continue to provide all remaining course and lab instruction for the spring semester online.  

All lecture-based courses and lab-based courses are now, or have in the last two weeks, been in the process of moving to an online/hybrid course delivery format to allow students the ability to access course material at a distance.  Faculty are working hard to deliver lecture and lab training to students utilizing video demonstrations, simulation software, video conferencing, and other virtual tools.  Clinicals, internships, and work-based experiences will continue through the remainder of the semester, where possible.

Unfortunately, due to the latest extension of the campus closure dates, our graduation ceremony on Friday, May 8, will also need to be postponed.  Further details will be provided when a decision regarding a graduation date is finalized. 

Additionally, Summer Session campus-based courses, which are scheduled to start on May 18, will be impacted.  Academic Affairs leadership will be reaching out to faculty this week to determine if proposed on-campus summer courses may be moved to an online/hybrid delivery format.  Approximately 40% of our current summer offerings are already scheduled to be delivered online. 

I know that, once again, this is difficult news, but this is an unprecedented time, and I hope you agree with me that we need to continue to put the safety of our entire Southeast Tech campus community at the forefront of all of our decisions.  As a result, we need to continue to minimize activity on campus and expand our use of online and video conferencing tools to accommodate student learning. 

Thank you again for all of your outstanding assistance and support as we work together to help our students through this challenging time.