• Manager

  • Leadership

  • Independent Contractor

  • Sales

  • Small Business Owner

  • Enterprising Entrepreneur

The Mitchell Technical College Entrepreneurship* program is a unique opportunity for skilled tradespeople to put their passions to work for them. Presented in a two-days-per-month format spread over a full school year, the Entrepreneurship program is an opportunity for students pursuing their first associate degrees to extend their education, or for those who have already begun their careers – or even already started their own businesses – to learn skills that will help them succeed as sole proprietors or larger-scale enterprises. The program is ideal for students who have already earned an A.A.S. degree in Architectural Design & Building Construction, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Machining & Manufacturing, Progressive Welding Technology, Diesel Power, Animal Science, Automation Controls/SCADA, the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or another technical field. Enrollment preference is given to those applicants who have completed that training at Mitchell Tech.

The Entrepreneurship program consists of courses designed to develop strategic thinking and planning, professional selling, leadership, and project management. The eight entrepreneurship courses and four leadership courses will equip graduates with the necessary skillset to launch and manage their own businesses or manage existing technical businesses.

Students who apply to this third-year program will be eligible for a single scholarship that covers 50% of their tuition and fees.

The Entrepreneurship program consists of 12 courses over two semesters delivered in two days of classes monthly, with assignments to be submitted between sessions. The mixture of Entrepreneurship and Leadership coursework will encourage students to develop strategic thinking, business model development, professional selling, strategic leadership and planning skills that will assist them in creating and leading successful entrepreneurial ventures.

*Prerequisite program completion is required prior to enrollment.

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Award: AAS Degree

First Semester
ENTR200Strategic Thinking3 credits
ENTR205Business Model Development3 credits
ENTR210How to Build a Startup3 credits
ENTR215Professional Selling3 credits
LDR201Principles of Leadership3 credits
LDR206Leadership Development3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Second Semester
ENTR225Business Plan Development3 credits
ENTR230Market Analysis3 credits
ENTR235Advisory Boards3 credits
ENTR240Customer Development3 credits
LDR221Project Management3 credits
LDR226Strategic Leadership and Planning3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits



Pre-requisite completion of Architectural Design & Building Construction, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Machining & Manufacturing, Progressive Welding Technology, Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology, Diesel Power – Light Truck Technology, Animal Science or Automation Controls/SCADA or the Culinary Academy of South Dakota.


This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech


At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information in accounting, management, marketing and quantitative analysis
  • Confirm an entrepreneurial business idea by engaging in critical thinking, analyzing situations, constructing and selecting viable solutions to solve problems
  • Market the entrepreneur and their ideas
  • Identify personal attributes that enable best use of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Explore and implement entrepreneurial leadership and management styles


Ryan Van Zee




$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated) $540




Rod Bowar Memorial Scholarship

Rod owned Kennebec Telephone Company, providers of telephone, cable TV and internet service to Kennebec, Presho and rural Lyman County. He joined the company in 1977 and purchased it in 1998. Rod was passionate about providing the best opportunities possible for his family and community. He served on many different boards and committees, including serving on the Mitchell Technical College Foundation Board. Two of Rod's children were Mitchell Tech grads, and his businesses employ multiple Mitchell Tech graduates.
2.5 GPA or greater



SD Pork Producers Scholarship

Culinary of South Dakota student 2.5 GPA



Bryan Roth Memorial Scholarship

Roth Family

2.5 GPA Wi-Fi Broadband Technology student



SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.



SSB Culinary Excellence Scholarship

2nd year Culinary Student



East River Electric Power Co-op Scholarship

East River Power Cooperative

East River Electric Cooperative has been providing scholarship funds to Mitchell Tech since 2003. This scholarship is provided annually for a student in the Power Line Construction and Maintenance program. The scholarship will be awarded in fall semester and applied to the recipient's account for the Spring semester.
Electrical Utilities Substation student
Electrical Utilities Substation student

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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