SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls is sending its newest nursing lab to towns across South Dakota in an effort to boost rural health care.

The lab is a converted semitrailer that has mannequin-like robots, hospital beds and other amenities.

It's one of two mobile units the tech school will deploy to offer health care training opportunities to students who live far from the Sioux Falls campus.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports that the lab is making its first stop in Chamberlain next week. About 10 students taking nursing classes online will practice clinical work in the mobile lab.

Nursing Program Director Kristin Possehl says improving health care in small towns begins with education.

The $500,000 mobile lab is being paid for with federal grant money.

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