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USD Graduates First Student from Technical Leadership Program

Max Kruse, University Center Sioux Falls Student Max Kruse received a B.S. in technical leadership, a new program administered and taught through University Center-Sioux Falls.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota announced that its new technical leadership program graduated its first student. Max Kruse received a B.S. in technical leadership, an educational curriculum administered and taught through University Center-Sioux Falls (UC-SF).

The new program is designed to offer a seamless educational transition for students who have already earned an associate of applied science degree at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls to enter the bachelor’s degree program in technical leadership at USD.

Credit hours earned at Southeast Tech can be transferred to the USD technical leadership program, reducing by up to half the number of credit hours necessary to complete the USD bachelor’s degree.

Kruse, a Sioux Falls resident and software developer for Midco, completed the management emphasis of the leadership program. According to Kruse, his studies at UC-SF helped broaden his perspective and grow as a leader in his organization.

“By completing the technical leadership program, I feel equipped to move up in my position,” he said. “My degree helped me learn at a higher level and more global scale, and will allow for new challenges and increased income potential in the future.”


Officially called South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center, the center is a face-to-face course delivery and research location, providing area residents local access to the state’s public university system. UC-Sioux Falls emphasizes non-traditional and adult learners and works with the Sioux Falls community toward economic development, life-long learning and professional development.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News