At Southeast Tech, what you learn outside the classroom is as important as what you learn inside of it. That's why we have a number of student clubs and organizations that will help you get involved on campus, learn in an extended classroom, and begin to make connections in the industry you are pursuing.
Student Government Association (SGA)
Southeast Technical Institute’s Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the student voice on campus and strives to make Southeast Tech a more enjoyable place to learn and attend classes. By becoming a member of SGA, students receive opportunities to participate in committee work based on individual interest and a wide range of campus and community activities.
SGA activities during the year may include Fall and Spring picnics, Talent Show, Casino Night and several other campus and community service events. Representatives who serve on Student Government are selected from every program area. In total, about 70 students serve the campus through Student Government with nine members serving as the Executive Board.
How to Join:
Tell your advisor
Tell your program advisor you want to join Student Government.
Email Student Activities Coordinator
Have your program advisor send an email to the student activities coordinator.
Place on roster
The student activities coordinator will place your name on the roster.
Clubs at Southeast Technical Institute allow students to get involved on campus and link to other students with similar interests. While at Southeast Tech, plan to participate in one or more of these special interest clubs, or, start your own!
Approved student clubs may reserve space on campus and are allowed to promote their club through several means of advertising.
Please Note: These clubs are ran by current students and may or may not be available or active every semester due to interest.
The Film Club brings together students who love to make movies and videos and learn more about the ins and out of filming. The group meets on a weekly basis and tries different methods of filming at various places on campus. This club is open to any student and is perfect for those in the Digital Media Production or Media Design program.
The Gamers Club brings together students who love to game. The group meets on a weekly basis - all games are encouraged. Games include but are not limited to: board games, card games and video games. Tabletop games are also available in small gaming groups.
Roots is Southeast Tech’s Multicultural Club. Its goal is to create an inclusive environment for all cultures on campus. Members play games, discuss cultural clothing and seek to communicate with other languages and dialects. Anyone is welcome to join!
Southeast Pride is Southeast Tech’s LGBT club that encourages a safe environment for LGBT students and allies on campus. The group meets weekly and provides a safe place for students/allies as well as campus programming.
The Veterans Club at Southeast Tech provides support to military veterans, spouses and dependents through the education process. It also promotes awareness of Veterans’ needs to Southeast Tech and the community. Students participate in various campus and community events.
Associated with Academic Programs
Southeast Tech offers students in more than a dozen academic programs the opportunity to enhance classroom education with competitions, guest speakers, tours and other forms of approved learning with on-campus student organizations. Approved student organizations are linked to specific program areas and their purpose is to complement the mission of Southeast tech and further enhance the program's educational goals.
Approved organizations may use the institute’s name as part of the organizational title and are allowed to promote their organization on campus.
SDAF is a college-level chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Art. Through this organization, students have the opportunity to learn more about graphic art from professionals in the field, as well as through quarterly newsletters, monthly meetings, and field trips. Students have opportunities for leadership, organization, communication and scholarship as they learn new ways to use their business, marketing, or graphic communications skills. SDAF membership is open to any student at Southeast Tech who is interested in learning more about graphic art.
ATA joins Digital Media Production Students together through continuing educational development, improvement and expansion of the ATA program and profession for the betterment of the motion graphics and animation industry. The organization strives to encourage camaraderie between students and provide a means to interact with local and regional professionals.
AITP is dedicated to using the synergy of information technology partnerships to provide education and benefits to students planning careers in information systems or related fields. The organization also works with industry to assist in the overall promotion and direction of information technology. AITP Student Chapter members have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with professionals in the community who work in information technology fields. They enjoy personal growth, professional development and they gain knowledge of the industry.
The Civil Engineering Technology Student Organization was formed to promote the personal, ethical, educational, professional development and responsibilities of the Southeast Tech Civil Engineering students. These objectives are developed through student organized, student developed and student-run meetings. In addition to regular meetings, guest speakers from the civil engineering community are invited to speak to the group each month. Student projects are encouraged both for campus development and local non-profit survey, such as city and campus park improvements, layout of ball fields, layout of golf courses, etc.
This organization was formed to promote the personal, ethical, educational and professional development responsibilities of the Southeast Tech Construction Management students. These objectives are developed through student organized, student developed and student-run meetings. In addition to regular meetings, guest speakers from the construction community are invited to speak to the group each month. One of the highest priorities is promoting industry involvement.
Students enrolled in Sports Turf Management at Southeast Tech are destined to be employed in the sports industry on golf courses, football fields and other recreational playing fields. Members of GCSAA will benefit from additional exposure to professionals in the industry as they see practical applications of their skills.
The Early Childhood Student Organization serves as an organization for students interested in learning more about the profession of early childhood. Information is shared, and students are encouraged to become a member of the Siouxland Association for the Education of Young Children (SAEYC), a local chapter of the State of SD and the National group (NAEYC). The organization strives to encourage camaraderie between students, build team / leadership skills and offers opportunities for students to be part of service projects in our community.
NALP is ideal for horticulture and sports turf management students. A national seminar in Louisville and a competition/job placement fair is held on a rotating basis for members. Participants mesh with industry representatives, which may lead to job or internship placement. On a local level, students participate in field trips, community service and team building activities.
SME was formed to promote interaction between students in industrial programs and professionals in manufacturing fields. In addition to regular meetings, tours are arranged to allow students to see how their training is put into action in the real world. This also opens up the opportunity for students to make contacts with engineers and employers in the area. Throughout the year, members of SME are involved with projects that benefit the chapter, the campus and the community.
This is the professional club for students in trade, industrial and health occupations. Membership in SkillsUSA offers students opportunities to participate in activities, as well as to compete in their vocational area at the local, state and national Skills Competition. There are also competitions in speaking, job interviewing and job demonstration skills.
The Southeast Tech Student HVAC Association is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through the advancement of technology related to heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation. The Southeast Tech student chapter provides students continuing educational opportunities, including monthly meetings with demonstrations from professionals in the HVAC field.
The Student Chapter of SFHBA is an organization of students studying to work in the construction industry in the areas of architectural, engineering or construction technologies. Members of this organization interact with the Sioux Falls Home Builder’s Association Chapter by participating in their activities throughout the year. These activities include events such as Habitat for Humanity, the Sioux Empire Home Show and the Sioux Falls Parade of Homes. Members may also receive scholarships from SFHBA.
The Southeast Tech Student Practical Nurses Association was formed to protect the practice and education of practical nurses and to promote the LPN as an important member of the health care team. All LPN students will be encouraged to participate in the student organization and to contribute and grow through professional development activities. These activities will include continuing educational opportunities through SkillsUSA, and professional speakers and workshops provided by the South Dakota Practical Nurses Association annual convention.
The Southeast Tech Law Enforcement Student Association serves to advance the student’s knowledge of the law enforcement profession outside of the classroom and as a resource to bring together students and faculty in order to promote the advancement of the Law Enforcement Science Program. It promotes networking and interaction with law enforcement agencies to further the student’s understanding and knowledge of the legal system. Students will set and enhance professional and ethical standards of the program, reach out to the community through public service and promote camaraderie and friendship within the program.
Southeast Tech’s Surgical Technology Organization encourages each member to work toward achieving the title of Certified Surgical Technologist. This supports standards of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).