2014-2015 Catalog & Handbook 
    May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Student Support

The function of Student Support occurs prior to, during, and after the student enrolls at the institution. These functions include a wide range of services including career development, diagnostic testing, prior learning evaluation for advanced standing, various types of educational placement assessments, admissions, orientation, housing assistance, ongoing support services, advisement, the graduation process, and records management.


Choosing a career and meeting life’s challenges can be difficult.  To help students meet these challenges, Southeast Tech provides both Career/Academic and Personal Counseling services.

Career and Academic Counseling

Because much of a person’s lifetime is spent at work, career satisfaction is very important. Feeling challenged, satisfied, and rewarded in a job can mean that work and personal needs are being met which contributes to one’s sense of well being. Sound career decisions are based upon information and personal choice. Counselors/advisors are ready to assist prospective students with one of life’s most important decisions.

Personal Counseling

Southeast Tech offers professional Mental Health Counseling services to meet the various needs of students on campus. Free Mental Health Assessments and Counseling are available when life’s issues get in the way of personal and/or academic success. There are two counselors available on campus, one located in the Sullivan Health Science Center, Room 200G and one in the Mickelson Center, Room 121. Counselors can be contacted via email, phone or walk-ins, and the services provided range from traditional, face-to-face counseling to distance counseling methods (email, chat, telephonic or webcam). Please call 605.367.4821 or 605.367.4450 for additional information.

Please note that students requesting/receiving counseling services need to inform the counselors of any/all legal involvement as a provision of services. Recommendations and reports, as requested by the student, attorneys, and/or court of law are beyond the scope of practice provided by counselors here at Southeast Tech.

STI Student Advisors

At Southeast Tech students have two advisors: Faculty Advisors and Student Success Advisors.  These two advisors work together to assist students in meeting their educational goals.

Faculty Advisors

Each student enrolled in a program is assigned a faculty advisor from the student’s program of study. Students should meet regularly with their advisor to plan their program and review their progress toward attainment of their academic goals.

Student Success Advisors

All STI students are assigned a Student Success Advisor once they have registered for classes. The Student Success Advisor serves as the student’s institutional-level advisor by helping students navigate institutional as well as personal concerns. Student Success Advisors encourage and support students in completing their courses and program(s) at Southeast Technical Institute.

Student Success Center

The first year at Southeast Tech is filled with many opportunities and choices. The Student Success Center can guide students in making their academic journey a success! Also known as a ”one stop shop”, the Student Success Center is home to several programs and services that are there to assist students in their transition to post-secondary education. Services include advising, counseling, disability and tutoring services, job placement, housing, library services, student government and student activities, and more! The Student Success Center resources provide a support system to help students navigate to graduation.

Student Success Seminar

All new STI students are required to complete a Student Success Seminar course taught by a Student Success Advisor. The course develops academic success skills (note-taking, reading, study skills, etc.), assists students in connecting with other students on campus, and instructs students on what Southeast Tech services are available to them. The course also covers important life and employability skills (time management, communication skills, financial responsibility, etc.) The Student Success Seminar course also shows students how to access required processes and institutional information on the STInet student site. Lastly, STI policies, rules, and procedures are covered in the course.

Note: Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 9 post-secondary credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA at another college or university are not required to take the Student Success Seminar course.  However, all students entering STI directly from high school are required to take the seminar course regardless of post-secondary course completion.


Southeast Tech offers an on-campus housing option for full-time students through an apartment complex adjacent to the Technology Center. The 52-unit complex houses 202 students in a 4-bedroom apartment setting. Students who would like more information about STI Housing can contact housing staff at (605) 367-5769, e-mail housing@southeasttech.edu, or visit STI Housing’s website at http://www.southeasttech.edu/futurestudents/stihousing/.

Students who wish to live in an off-campus setting are responsible for making their own living arrangements. Southeast Tech does have information to help students find off-campus housing, but does not approve nor recommend any specific off-campus housing facilities for student use.

Students should begin their housing search early to ensure that suitable accommodations can be found. Those students who move to Sioux Falls or the surrounding area in order to attend Southeast Tech are advised to register their new address with the Admissions Office.

Placement Services

The purpose of Southeast Tech is to provide educational experiences to prepare persons for employment. Once these skills are acquired, it is the function of the Career Center Office to assist in the student’s transition from school to work. However, it is the responsibility of the student to commit personal effort in searching for employment opportunities.

The Career Center Office assists students and alumni by informing them of employment opportunities and assisting them in presenting themselves effectively as job candidates.

The Career Center Office also assists employers in finding qualified candidates to meet their employment needs. Each year, numerous representatives from business, industry, health, and government contact the Career Center Office to list full and part-time job openings.

For full or part-time placement assistance, students should contact the Career Center Office located in the Student Success Center in the Mickelson building.

Tutoring Services (STI Success Lab)

Southeast Tech’s Success Lab offers free tutoring services.  The service is designed to give individualized attention to students who want to improve in their coursework. Southeast Tech’s tutoring program is a peer-to-peer tutoring program and uses top notch Southeast Tech students as tutors.  Students can complete an online tutor request form by logging into STInet. 

Click on the Student Tab >Student Support and Services >Student Success Center>Success Lab - Walk-In Tutoring – or simply click on the >Tutor Schedule to see when walk-in tutoring sessions are being held.  No appointments are necessary.

Southeast Tech also provides Smarthinking, an online tutoring program, to students who cannot come to campus or who wish to have access to tutors up to 24 hours a day.  Students can connect to live educators from any computer that has Internet access, no special software installation or equipment is required.

For more information about tutoring, please call 605-367-5691.

Adult Education and Literacy Services

The Hovland Learning Center offers free individualized instruction and teacher-directed classes in basic skills development for math, reading, and English as well as GED preparation and academic preparation for entry into post secondary training programs. Contact the Hovland Learning Center for more information at 605.367.7997.

Disability Services

Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for certain classroom accommodations. Disabilities may include hearing, visual, physical, psychological and learning impairments. Accommodations may include additional testing time, private testing rooms, readers, note takers, interpreters, and taped/digital texts. Students must provide the Disability Services Coordinator with recent written documentation of a disability before qualifying for services. Contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 605.367.4450 for more information.