South Dakota State News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday April 20, 2022

CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, 605-773-7228, or Ruth Raveling, 605-773-2593

Announcement of 2022 Workforce Training Scholarship Recipients

PIERRE, SD — Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,418,942, have been awarded to public school districts in South Dakota. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of this fund was intended to provide grants for vocational and technical education programs in secondary schools. Additional grants were awarded this year because the program is supplemented by $360,042 in federal dollars made available to the Department of Education through the US bailout.

“Vocational and technical education provides young people with hands-on learning opportunities and helps them connect their classroom experience to their education and career options after graduation,” said the Secretary at the Education, Tiffany Sanderson. “I commend these districts and their industry partners for providing cutting-edge programs in our middle and high schools.”

The goal of the grant program is to bring about transformative change to vocational and technical education programs offered in middle and high schools. High-quality CTE programs equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to prepare for post-secondary education and the job market. Partnerships between secondary education, post-secondary education, business and industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs.


  • Belle Fourche School District $98,575
    • Buy heavy equipment simulators to enhance architecture and construction and agriculture, food and natural resources programs

  • Bon Homme School District $225,000
    • Construction of a CTE laboratory to expand the current space

  • Bridgewater-Emery School District $225,000
    • Construction of a new CTE building

  • Brookings School District $150,000
    • Buy equipment to improve the health science curriculum

  • Canistota School District $40,400
    • Update and redesign hospitality program, teacher training

  • Florence School District $225,000
    • Construction of a new building to expand the STEM and Ag, Food and Natural Resources programs

  • Mitchell School District $111,467
    • Purchase of equipment to expand the architecture and construction program

  • Spearfish School District $225,000
    • Construction of a new CTE building

  • Tea Region School District $118,500
    • Build a greenhouse and start the Ag, Food, and Natural Resources program


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