South Dakota Trade & Vocational Schools

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So, you are beginning your search for a trade school in South Dakota! That is exciting news!

Whether you are looking to attend a school in a big city like Pierre, or in a smaller, more rural area there are definitely options. Our list of schools provides some of the most important information you may want to know before making a decision to enroll. From net price to total enrollment, you can find the best match for your needs. Our data is updated annually so you can be assured the information is as accurate as possible.

So, scroll through the list, see which ones sound like good possibilities and reach out to the school for more information.

No matter which choice you make, just know that attending trade school in the Mount Rushmore State is a great choice for a brighter future!

South Dakota Trade Schools

The vocational schools listed below are in alphabetical order and include programs from barber to welding and everything in between. No matter what career you are interested, there will be a vocational school just for you in South Dakota!

Our partner schools are those that we do receive a commission for, but they are amazing schools with lots of opportunities in all different vocations. Just click a button to reach out to any school to learn more about them.

Trade Schools By City In South Dakota

Are you looking for a vocational school in a specific city in South Dakota? Below are some of the cities that offer the most opportunities for those looking for a technical or trade school.

Partner Trade Schools Near You In South Dakota

Already have an idea of what kind of vocational training program you are looking for? Our partner schools are a great place to start!

Go ahead and select a program, enter your zip and find the schools that are closest to you in what is known as the Mount Rushmore State.

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Additional Vocational Schools In South Dakota

The  data below is from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) which is a great resources for finding trade schools all over the country.

The information shows some of the most important items you may consider when choosing a school. Much more information is provided on the IPEDS website if you want to dive deeper!

APC Crane Training

Address: Various
Cost Range: $3,000-$6,000


APC Crane training offers classroom and field training in classrooms across the country in a variety of cities. They only offer training and certification for crane operators.

International Union of Operating Engineers


With over 1,000 instructors and many locations throughout the United States and Canada, IUOE is a great choice for learning how to handle heavy duty equipment. Each location offers different types of opportunities for training and apprenticeships. Classroom instruction, simulators, and working onsite with an experienced journeyman are all parts of the training you will receive.

Lake Area Technical College

Address: 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
Enrollment: 2190
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 74%
Average Net Price: $13,069.00

Mitchell Technical College

Address: 1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Enrollment: 1193
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 75%
Average Net Price: $12,190.00

Southeast Technical College

Address: 2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
Enrollment: 2381
Housing: Yes
Graduation Rate: 55%
Average Net Price: $15,186.00

Western Dakota Technical College

Address: 800 Mickelson Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
Enrollment: 1292
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 52%
Average Net Price: $13,934.00