Employer Survey

Graduate Performance at Southeast Technical College

Southeast Tech graduates are in demand, beating and exceeding employer expectations. Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, conducts an employer satisfaction survey every two years, with the most recent results being compiled in 2019. 

Key Findings

2019 Employer Survey

  1. Graduates Exceed Employer Expectations

    Southeast Tech’s graduates overall scores met and exceeded employer expectations in every survey category.

  2. Survey Categories are diverse

    Skill categories include: oral skills, written skills, customer service, interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, equipment familiarity, technical skills, safety knowledge, computer literacy, basic skills, work ethic and team skills.

  3. Overall Performance Rating at highest level

    Employer’s Overall Performance Rating for graduates was at the highest level of exceeding employee expectations that the college has seen since using the survey.

  4. Graduates Excel in Top Priority Areas

    Southeast Tech met and exceeded employer expectations for the top priority areas (as indicated by employers): technical skills, work ethic, problem solving and customer service.

Overall Performance

In 2019, Southeast Tech graduates out performed employer expectations. Overall scores were higher than expected in every category. 

Bar graph displaying actual vs expected graduate performance


Priority Ratings

Priority ratings are identified by survey respondents as being most crucial. The colored portion of each graph represents satisfactory and above rankings. 

Technical Skills Work Ethic Problem Solving Customer Service
Graph of technical skills rankings Graph of Work Ethic Rankings Graph of Problem  Solving Skills Graph of Customer Service Rankings


The following scale is used for each rating:

5: Excellent    4: Very Good     3: Satisfactory     2: Unsatisfactory   1: Unacceptable