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2021 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 22, 2021

CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-7228, or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-2593


2021 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced

PIERRE, S.D. – Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $690,245, have been awarded to four South Dakota public school districts. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools.


“Career and technical education is crucial in helping young people successfully prepare for their futures,” said Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson. “These grants will expand students’ experiences in the classroom and with employers in their communities. I commend these districts for providing these opportunities.”


The purpose of the grant program is to make transformative change in career and technical education programs offered in South Dakota middle and high schools. High quality CTE programs give students the knowledge, skills, and experiences to be prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business and industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs.




Award amount

Brookings School District

Industry-grade robotics and mechatronics equipment for manufacturing program


Edmunds Central School District

Ag innovation lab and curriculum development

$142, 454

Mitchell School District

Updated technology in automobile technology program


Rosholt School District

Build CTE facility to house welding and automotive technology programs