Build Dakota Roadshow

The Build Dakota Roadshow is continuing to make stops at high schools within the region to talk to seniors about available scholarships. To hear more from students across the state about their experience, listen to the soundbites from the full news article provided by WNAX.

Companies are Fighting Over These Students’ as SD Scholarship Gives Opportunity to Avoid Dropout, Debt

26-member-class of Menno High School has approximately half planning to attend one of South Dakota’s four technical colleges, with several applying for the Build Dakota Scholarship. The Build Dakota Scholarship Program was created with the goal to increase the number of skilled workers entering into high-need sectors of the workforce within the state. With the scholarship program’s past success, employers are already contacting schools offering the full-ride scholarships.

To learn more about the scholarship, explore and read the full news article from the Mitchell Republic.

Cohort 7: 2021-2022 Annual Report

From enrollment numbers to partners and resources to student success stories and to looking at the future, this comprehensive annual report explains the ins and outs of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund and its long-term impact throughout South Dakota.

View the 2021-2022 annual report (PDF) to learn more.

Program Offers Students Free Schooling, Job Opportunities

The “Build Dakota Roadshow” is an event sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the Yankton Thrive organization. The roadshow consists of 30-minute interactive assemblies at eight area schools for students and parents to learn ways the program can connect them with training, employers and jobs — at no cost to them.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must attend a high-need career program at one of the state’s four technical colleges, and in return, students agree to work in that field in South Dakota for three years.

To learn more about the scholarship, explore and read the full news article from the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.