Awards & Designations

Awards & Designations

Don’t just take our word for it. Mitchell has been recognized as a great place to live, learn, earn, and do business.



DWU listed as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs

Mitchell Teacher Honored with Milken Educator Award, a National Recognition


Mitchell Recognized by South Dakota Hall of Fame

Local Executive Honored for Community Service to Schools

Broadband Communities Magazine names two Mitchell companies as Top 100 Fiber-to-the-Home Leaders

SmartAsset Names Mitchell Technical Institute #2 Best Community College in the Nation

Mitchell Technical Institute Recognized for Excellence in Distance Learning

Mitchell Named 4th Most Successful City in South Dakota by Zippia

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital receives 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

Second Chance High Director named Life Changer of the Year

Mitchell Technical Institute Named Among Top 150 in the Country

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes Avera Queen of Peace

DWU’s Online Bachelor’s Program Ranked by U.S. News & World Report


Second Chance High Director Shane Thill Nominated for Life Changer of the Year

Mitchell Named a Top 7 City by the Intelligent Community Forum

Davison County Ranks High for Income Mobility

MHS Instructor Named Sanford PROMISE Ambassador

Dakota Wesleyan Nursing Program Named One of the Best

Art Instructor Marica Shannon Named ‘Unsung Heroes’ Finalist 

Dakota Wesleyan University Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of Best Regional Colleges

Julie Olson, MHS Biology Instructor, a Top 50 Finalist for Global Teacher Prize

Mitchell Technical Institute Cited for High Graduate Wages, Earning Power

Dakota Wesleyan University Featured Again as ‘College of Distinction’ 2015-2016

Mitchell Technical Institute Wins National Career Readiness Award

DWU Professor Named to Fulbright Specialist Roster

Mitchell Technical Institute Ranked Top for Online Programs

Mitchell Named Smart21 City for Third Consecutive Year


Intelligent Community Forum Names Mitchell a Smart 21 City

DWU Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Nationally Recognized for Excellence

Gertie Bell Rogers Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School

Mitchell Named a Smart 21 City by the Intelligent Community Forum


MHS Instructor Clayton Gropper named Athletic Trainer of the Year by SD Athletic Trainers’ Association


Governor Daugaard Honors Mitchell as 2011 Large Community of the Year 

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Named Top Performer by Joint Commission

Mitchell School Board Receives First-ever Award of Excellence by Associated School Boards of South Dakota