What is the difference between a diploma and an AAS degree?
Students enrolled in the diploma track are required to take 7 credits of General Education courses, whereas those students pursuing an AAS degree are required to take 16 credits. Diploma programs can generally be completed in one year, while AAS programs are two years in length.
What are the benefits of a technical college versus a 4-year university?
- Smaller faculty to student ratio
- More hands-on “technical” experience
- General education courses that are more relevant to a career choice
- Better employment rates
- Degrees can be earned in two years or less
- Less total cost because you spend less time in school
If there is an emergency and I can’t reach my student, who do I call?
Call the Center for Student Success at 605.995.7178. They will be able to assist you in finding your student and delivering your message. Regular office hours during the Fall and Spring semesters are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
I am paying for my student’s education and would like to see his/her grades. Can you send me a grade report?
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Mitchell Tech is only allowed to release grade reports or records to parents whose students have signed a written consent form. See the Compliance page for more information. A student’s grade report may be viewed in the MyTech portal with the student’s login information. No grade reports are sent via postal service.
How do students receive their financial aid?
Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Mitchell Tech/Other Scholarships and Stafford Student Loans are applied directly to the student’s account for tuition and fees only. Please keep in mind that your student is responsible for paying for his or her books, tools and supplies when purchased.
What are the housing options for my student? Do you have residence halls?
- There are student apartments available as a housing option for Mitchell Tech students. Campus Tech Apartments near the Mitchell Tech Technology Center, offer single and multi-person units. More information including floor plans and application with FAQs is available from Mills Property Management.
- The Admissions office at Mitchell Tech will provide students with a list of additional housing options in the Mitchell area at their request. You can also find a list of available housing on the Mitchell Tech website.
What is the placement rate for programs at Mitchell Tech?
Over the last five years, 99% of graduates in the labor market were either employed or continuing education within six months of graduating, and more than 92% of employed graduates started their new careers in a training-related position. See MTC’s most recent graduate outcome data here.
What activities are available for my son or daughter to participate in?
Several clubs are offered which encourage leadership development and participation. These include:
- Student Representative Board
- Skills USA
- Student Veteran’s Organization
- Intercollegiate Rodeo
- Intramural sports including women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, flag football, and bowling.
These clubs provide many activities for Mitchell Tech students throughout the school year including dances, bowling parties, picnics and more.
Will my son or daughter receive individualized attention from the instructors?
- At Mitchell Tech, the student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. In addition to relatively small class sizes, instructors have posted office hours indicating when students can speak with them one on one. Instructors encourage students to talk to them individually when they need help.
- Each student will also be assigned an academic advisor, typically an instructor in their program, who will meet with them periodically to assess their progress in the program, as well as addressing any needs the student may have.
Does Mitchell Tech provide insurance for my son or daughter while he or she is attending Mitchell Tech?
For all students, good health is essential to achieving educational goals. Without adequate coverage, unexpected medical expenses could alter a future dramatically. It is recommended that all of our students have health insurance while attending Mitchell Tech. Health insurance is a requirement for the Radiological Technology and Radiation Therapy students. Mitchell Technical College does not carry insurance for students who may be injured while attending courses and participating in lab activities. If your student is covered under your insurance policy you may want to check with your provider to see what requirements they have for him/her to stay covered while in college. Dropping classes or withdrawing from school can have an impact on insurance coverage.
For more answers to your questions, feel free to email us.