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The Utah Board of Higher Education selected Jordan Rushton as the third president of Dixie Technical College today, following an extensive national search. Rushton has served as interim president of Dixie Tech since April 2022.

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or the academic year just concluded, Dixie Technical College is delighted to announce that graduation rates remain strong and have increased for the third year in a row. Not only did Dixie Tech see continued growth in student enrollment, but more of our students are completing their programs and graduating than ever before.

Last year, according to data provided by the Utah System of Higher Education, 84% of certificate seeking students graduated. This is the highest level ever achieved by Dixie Technical College. The rate was 78% in 2021 and 60% in 2020. At the same time, the number of graduates increased from 550 in the 2021 academic year to 674 this year. Since Dixie Tech moved to its current campus on St. George’s Tech Ridge in October of 2017, the number of program graduates per year has gone up 120%.

This rapid increase is the result of many factors, but Interim President Jordan Rushton, who previously spent four years as Vice President of Instruction, has made it a priority to see more students graduate. The number of graduates have increased every year since 2017, with the exception of 2020 where some graduations were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dixie Tech continues to expand by enrolling
more students, offering additional cohorts.

“While we celebrate all the growth we are experiencing at Dixie Tech, I am even more pleased with the improvements we have seen across campus in student graduation rates,” said Jordan Rushton, the Interim President of Dixie Technical College. “Often, times of rapid growth result in negative student outcomes. We have made absolutely sure that even during these times of growth, our quality and commitment to student success has continued to grow as well.”

Dixie Tech is truly grateful to everyone on the team who has made contributions toward increasing the graduation rate. The growth is in no small part the result of exceptional instructors providing students with exceptional training. Dixie Tech graduates get hands-on training at an accelerated pace, enabling them to obtain high-wage and high-demand jobs.

The cohort model at Dixie Tech also plays a major role in helping more and more of our students to complete their programs. This model, championed by interim President Rushton and previous college President Kelle Stephens, provides students the structure and network so essential to their success.

Dixie Tech continues to expand by enrolling more students, offering additional cohorts in our programs, and always ensuring that students are on the path to successful program completion.

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