MTI student featured in national article for graduating debt-free

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Jordan Scheier is proud to call himself a Mitchell Technical Institute student, but he never expected to be thrown into the national spotlight for it.

Scheier, 20, found himself the center of an article written by nationally known NerdWallet — a personal finance website — at the end of January. He, along with eight other students across the nation, were featured for having a customized education.

The article focused on students who "skipped dorm rooms and a ton of debt." And Scheier, a recipient of the Build Dakota Scholarship, was just who they were looking for. Scheier will graduate debt-free in May with a degree in electrical construction and maintenance.

Scheier said he was selected by the site and interviewed more than six months ago. But since time ticked away, he wasn't sure if the article was going to be published.

But, on the final day of January, it hit the web.

"It got circled around a little ways, but it's just kind of cool that we got to represent this area and show people more about technical education," Scheier said.

And as a Build Dakota scholar, Scheier was even more proud to show off his accomplishments. Build Dakota Scholarships award students who are entering high-need workforce programs in South Dakota technical institutes with full-ride scholarships.

It's a scholarship Scheier, who is also the student body president at Mitchell Tech, is especially grateful for.

"I can't complain, can't complain at all," he said.