RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Regents says a new study shows the state needs to produce more university graduates to deal with the threat of a shortage of qualified workers.
The study indicates that 72 percent of resident students remain in South Dakota the year following college graduation to work or pursue additional education. A third of out-of-state students who attend South Dakota public universities also stay in the state.
Regents Executive Director Jack Warner says the six state-run universities are placing more people in jobs as enrollment grows.
But Warner says that although 41,000 new jobs are expected to be created in South Dakota between 2008 and 2018, the state's homegrown workforce will shrink because South Dakota's population between the ages of 14 and 44 will not grow.