Industry Partners

Building the Program

The Build Dakota Scholarship Fund was set up to help overcome the workforce shortage South Dakota faces. While the generous donations we’ve received have made—and will continue to make—a significant impact, industry partners help extend the benefit even further. Here’s how.

For students

For Students

  • Businesses sponsor students and commit to paying a portion of their program expenses. Build Dakota picks up the other portion. The student gets a free degree, and the employer gains a skilled scholar.
  • Secure employment prior to graduation.
  • Potential on-the-job training and part-time employment while in school.

For Businesses

  • Cost-effective method to give current employees advanced training.
  • Pipeline of new talent from South Dakota tech schools.
  • Guaranteed work from qualified, highly-skilled graduates.
  • Free advertising on the Build Dakota website.

For businesses

For South Dakota

For South Dakota

  • Surge in skilled workers who help fill the state’s workforce shortage.
  • Highly-trained scholars committed to staying in South Dakota.
  • Thriving local businesses that have committed, quality workers.

Find an Industry Partner

The Build Dakota Scholarship Program is fortunate to have support from businesses in varying fields. We’d like to thank the following industry partners for helping make this program flourish!

If you want to learn more about partnering businesses and potential employment opportunities, click any of the links below.


12th Street Auto

Sioux Falls, SD Chad Kaiemink (605) 357-8881


3 B's Heating and Air

Philip, SD Heather Hanson (605) 859-3045


Ace Construction

Groton, SD Jade Weig (605) 380-4187

Adams Thermal


Statewide Margaret Pennock (605) 336-9338

Agronomy Plus

Mitchell, SD Pat Fetral (605) 999-7678

American Medical Response

Pierre, SD Kandace Kritz (605) 945-0390

AO Express

Brandon, SD Katie Hiemstra (605) 770-5600

Applied Engineering

Yankton, SD Julie Oien

Aurora Brule Health Community

White Lake, SD Dan Guericke (605) 249-2216


Sioux Falls, SD (605) 339-3366


Watertown, SD Lynna Speier (605) 886-8431


Sioux Falls, SD Pam Hilber (605) 322-8955

Avera Gregory Hospital

Gregory, SD Katie Biggins (605) 835-9611

Avera Sacred Heart

Yankton, SD Sara Kortan (605) 668-8000

Avera St Luke's

Aberdeen, SD Jenna Trevor

Avera St. Mary's

Pierre, SD Kat Haarstad (605) 224-3278


Banner Engineering

Sioux Falls, SD Sarah Meusburger (605) 692-6342

Beck Motors

Pierre, SD David Lemieux (605) 240-5912

Bethesda Home

Webster, SD Dawn Rithmiller (605) 588-3204

BJM Enterprises

Valley Springs, SD Mark Roozboom (605) 757-6220

Blooming Hills Grain & Farm

South Shore, SD Becki Steinocker (605) 398-6173

Bowdle Healthcare Center

Bowdle, SD Fern Hoffman (605) 285-6146

Brandt Holdings

Brown Clinic

Watertown, SD Bonnie Friske (605) 884-4231


Dell Rapids, SD Alice Ann (888) 854-7157


C&B Operations, LLC

Corsica, SD April Star (605) 946-5444

Central Farmers

Charley's Welding & Auto

Kennebec, SD Tiarra Bowar (605) 869-2220


Mitchell, SD Mark Van Dyke (605) 990-7058


Pierre, SD Jennifer Johnson (605) 224-5935

Clark Engineering

Sioux Falls, SD Georgia Rice (763) 545-9196

Climate Control

Aberdeen, SD Cam Schock (605) 225-9822

Concrete Materials

Brig Schilling (605) 336-5760

Coteau Des Prairies

Sisseton, SD April Heib (605) 698-4616


Watertown, SD Kayla Grismer (605) 753-8340

Crestone Builders

Watertown, SD Eric Skott (605) 878-3555

Cutler Ranch

Frederick, SD Dillon Cutler (605) 329-2734


Dahme Construction

Aberdeen, SD Hugh Dahme (605) 225-3917

Dakota Fluid Power

Sioux Falls, SD Steve Lindeman (605) 338-9982

Dakota Provisions

Huron, SD (605) 352-1519

Dakotaland Manufacturing

Watertown, SD Larry Tupper (605) 882-3508

Dave Hahler Automotive

Webster, SD Loren Schoenbeck (605) 345-4792

Deffenbaugh Homes

Sioux Falls, SD Jesse Deffenbaugh (605) 360-5678

DeJager Plumbing and Heating

Brandon, SD Berwin DeJager (605) 366-4009

Denning Transportation

Chancellor, SD Ward Denning (605) 221-8492

Diesel Machinery

Sioux Falls, SD Kathy Derr (605)212-1963

Dynamic Engineering

Watertown, SD Becky Ryback (605) 886-5545


East River Homes

Watertown, SD Hosanna Hoekman (605) 237-6587

Electric Supply Company

Sioux Falls, SD Bob Jarding (605) 360-6888

Electronic Systems, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD Jamie Baker (605) 575-9110

Elkton Electric

Elkton, SD Justin Bushman (605) 690-0167

Ethan Coop

Ethan, SD Lori Schulz (605) 227-4224


Fair Manufacturing

Yankton, SD Denna Nanninga (605) 653-3247

Fall River Health Services

Hot Springs, SD Marcie Largent (605) 745-8910

Famers Implement and Irrigation

Watertown, SD Emily Voelker (605) 692-6153

Fiegen Construction

Sioux Falls, SD Jenny Van Oort (605) 335-6000

Firesteel Healthcare

Mitchell, SD Carey Brenner (605) 996-6526

First Rate Excavate

Sioux Falls, SD Mary Swanson (605) 331-5626

Flandreau Sioux Indian Tribe

Flandreau, SD Anthony Reider (605) 997-3891

Fountain Springs

Rapid City, SD Kristine Harvey (605) 343-3555

Frank Brothers

Gregory, SD Roger Frank (605) 830-2794

Frontier Motors

Winner, SD Cody Haiar (605) 842-1880


Glacial Lake Energy

Watertown, SD Danielle Spors (605) 753-1968

Golden West Telecommunications

Wall, SD Savannah Williamson (605) 279-2161

Good Samaritan Society

Sioux Falls, SD Marti Robinson (605) 323-0850

Good Samaritan Society/Deuel County

Clear Lake, SD Luke Wanous (605) 874-2159


Sioux Falls, SD Tammy Wierenga (605) 333-6767

Grand Electric Coop

Bison, SD Cole Nash (605) 244-5211

Grand Prairie Foods

Sioux Falls, SD Mary Swanson (800) 456-0532

Gray Construction

Watertown, SD Dustin Brownell (605) 886-3102


Halme, Inc.

Bryant, SD Jeff Halme (605) 628-1313

Harr Motors

Aberdeen, SD Colin Herron (605) 225-3078

Hartman & Pahl Operations

Pierre, SD Gene Hayes (605) 940-4665

Hartung Electric

Elkton, SD Harold (605) 690-5863

Hoffman Diesel

Sioux Falls, SD Chris Hoffman (605) 331-3980


Britton, SD Denise Wieker (605) 448-3307


Huron, SD Shawn Martin (605) 353-6315



Iron Horse Ag Services

Faith, SD (605) 967-2944


J&C Construction

Emery, SD Chris Ruden (605) 933-2403

Jack's Links

Alpena, SD Tatum Tebay (605) 849-8800

Johnson Bros. Excavating

Madison, SD Carolyn Johnson (605) 256-3955

Johnson Controls

Sioux Falls, SD Bryan Lund (605) 361-0680

Journey Group

Sioux Falls, SD Jolene Smith (605) 274-2829


Kadoka Nursing Home

Kadkoa, SD Heidi Coller (605) 837-2247

Kennebec Telephone

Kennebec, SD Tiarra Bowar (605) 869-2220

Kibble Equipment

Huron, SD Jessica Pierce (605) 352-8519

Kolberg Pioneer

Aberdeen, SD Jerry Graham (605) 229-0283

Koletzky Implement

Yankton, SD (605) 665-3872

Konechne Heating and Cooling

Platte, SD Gary Konechne (605) 337-3375

Krier & Blain

Sioux Falls, SD Troy Johnson (605) 331-4100

Krueger Construction

Fort Pierre, SD Ryan Krueger (605) 222-2523

Kyburz-Carlson Construction

Aberdeen, SD Tammy Spellman (605)225-6161


Lien Transportation

Aberdeen, SD Nancy Aman (605) 225-3814

List Electric

Yankton, SD Ryan List (605) 668-9430


Madison Regional Health System

Malloy Electric

Sioux Falls, SD Michelle Schrempp (605) 336-3693

Manbull Farming

Colome, SD (605) 842-3297

Marmen Energy

Brandon, SD Leah Jaeger (605) 582-4500

Marshall County Healthcare Center

Britton, SD Sheila Sutton (605) 448-2253

Marv's Body Shop

Sioux Falls, SD Evan Kindt (605) 339-2241


Vermillion, SD Alex Johnson (605) 658-8931

Michael J. Fitzmauriece Veterans Home

Hot Springs, SD Brad Richardson (605) 890-1641


Sioux Falls, SD (800) 888-1300

Midwestern Mechanical

Sioux Falls, SD Christine Therkildsen (605) 339-3963

Mills Construction, Inc.

Brookings, SD Marlene Schram (605) 697-3100

Mills Property Management

Brookings, SD Emily Hagen (605) 697-3175

Mobridge Hospital

Mobridge, SD

Monument Health

Rapid City, SD Morgan Kuper (605) 755-1224

Morton Buildings

Morton, SD Heather Hess (309) 263-3619

Mueller Lumber

Mitchell, SD Bob Mueller (605) 996-9175

Muth Electric

Mitchell, SD Amanda Graves (605) 996-3983

Myrl and Roy's

Sioux Falls, SD Mike Kane (605) 334-3204


Nolz Dragline

Sioux Falls, SD Ed and Deanna Nolz (605) 334-5876

North American Truck & Trailer

Sioux Falls, SD Patrick Rierson (605) 332-7112


Oban Construction

Ipswich, SD Laurie Oban (605) 426-6942

One Way Service Pros

Deadwood, SD Jeff Rath (605) 722-8101

Overweg Repair LLC

Kimball, SD Corinne Overweg (605) 778-6483


Palisade Healthcare Community

Garretson, SD Theresa Klumper (605) 594-3466

Pioneer Memorial Health

Viborg, SD Lindsey Hauger (605) 326-3077

Platte Care Center

Platte, SD Cordell Muilenberg (605) 337-3131

Prairie Heights

Aberdeen, SD Denise Mack (605) 225-2550

Prairie Lakes

Watertown, SD (605) 882-7000

Prairie States

Sioux Falls, SD Darby Parsons (605) 728-7723

Premier Equipment

Huron, SD Terry Stevens (605) 352-7100

Providence Acres

Hoven, SD Brett Huber (605) 649-7819


Quality Tool

Brookings, SD Dave Groom (605) 696-5676


R&L Construction

Lebanon, SD Rick Simon (605) 765-9635

Rapid City Medical Center

Rapid City, SD Jessica Karnes (605) 721-8313

Rapid Precision Manufacturing, Inc.

Britton, SD Kayla Stutelberg (605) 448-2290

Raven Industries

Sioux Falls, SD Tanya Foster (605) 575-0545

RDO Equipment

Redfield Energy, LLC

Redfield, SD (605) 302-0090


Sioux Falls, SD Sarah Kreyer (605) 275-9666

Ry's Auto Center

Platte, SD Susan (605) 337-3152


Salem Mennonite Home

Freeman, SD Shirley Knodel (605) 925-4994


Sioux Falls, SD Meghan Gorsuch (605) 312-9154


Webster, SD Isaac Gerdes (605) 345-3336

Sanford – Winner

Winner, SD Laura Windsperger (605) 842-7228

Schmidt Country Inc.

Marion, SD Gloria Schmidt (605) 648-3631

Scull Construction

Rapid City, SD Jim Scull (605) 342-2379

SD 8 1 1

Rapid City, SD Larry James (605) 339-0529

SD Department of Correction

Pierre, SD Missy Johnson (605) 280-2816

SD Department of Transportation

Pierre, SD Heidi Olson (605) 773-6943

SDN Communications

Sioux Falls, SD Vernon Brown (800) 247-1442


Watertown, SD Seth Berg (605) 753-2589

Shaeffer Oil

Winner, SD Lori Schaeffer (605) 842-3424

Sime Repair

Milbank, SD Kent Sime (605) 432-9300

Simplot: Pinnacle Ag

Aberdeen, SD Cole Carda (605) 228-9385

Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln

Sioux Falls, SD Lori Jordan (605) 965-3636

Sioux Falls Speciality Hospital

Sioux Falls, SD Lauren Wolf (605) 444-8217

Sioux International

Freeman, SD Tod Ihnen (605) 925-4247

Sioux Steel

Sioux Falls, SD Juli Jess (605) 336-1750

Sorlien Electric

Tea, SD (605) 368-7371

South Dakota Development Center

Redfield, SD Jaime Morgan (605) 472-4212

South Dakota Partners

Aberdeen, SD Jerry Graham (605) 229-0283

Stern Oil Company

Freeman, SD Gino Whitledge (605) 925-7999

Stoneybrook Suites

Brookings, SD Erica Wilcox (605) 692-1013


Roslyn, SD Madeline Cornell

Summit Contracting

Platte, SD Corey Rabenberg (605) 337-2841

Sunkota Construction

Sioux Falls, SD Dustin Schouten (605) 338-9110

Superior Heating and Cooling

Sioux Falls, SD Perry Rea (605) 940-1321


Tarell Bould Construction

Burke, SD Tarell Bould (605) 830-4565

Tennant Electric

Faulkton, SD Brandon or Carrie Tennant (605) 598-4298

Terex Utilities

Watertown, SD Halley Larson (605) 956-3202


Mitchell, SD Charlie Carlson (605) 996-7548

The Grinder

Castlewood, SD Lynn Hoitsma (605) 520-0039

Titan Machinery

West Fargo, ND Sarah Kenz (701) 356-0130

TLC Olson Construction

Huron, SD (605) 352-7894

Trail King

Mitchell, SD Lisbet Padon (800) 843-3324

Turkey Ridge Construction

Hurley, SD Chris Eisenbeis (605) 327-3195

Twin City Diecasting Co.

Watertown, SD Molly Heaton (605) 956-7429


Ultimate Automotive

Sioux Falls, SD Sara (605) 367-9088


V Bar D Farms, Inc.

Freeman, SD Dan Van Driel (605) 670-1332

Vander Haag's

Sioux Falls, SD Brad DeBoer (605) 336-6737

Vern Eide Acura

Sioux Falls, SD Justin Lake (888) 854-7157

Vern Eide Mitchell

Mitchell, SD Craig Engelland (605) 770-2516

Vollan Oil

Baltic, SD Bruce Vollan (605) 351-7161


Wagner Community Jill Frei

Wagner, SD Mike Frei (605) 384-3646


Milbank, SD Scott Leininger (605) 880-5750

Watertown Development Company

Watertown, SD Chris Schilken (605) 884-0340

Watertown Ford Chrysler

Watertown, SD Brandon Lee (605) 886-5844

Webster Scale

Webster, SD Joel Shoemaker (605) 345-3881

Westendorf Electric

Woonsocket, SD Allan Westendorf (605) 770-4277

Westhills Village

Rapid City, SD Maryann Petrotto (605) 342-0255


Sioux Falls, SD De Ann Albers (605) 336-0405

Wildrose Dairy, LLC

Brandt, SD Jogchum Andringa (605) 881-3901


Yankton Sioux Tribe

Yankton, SD Dana Sanderson (605) 941-0804

Contact the Colleges

Southeast Tech offers more than 70 pathways to today’s most innovative fields. Here, you’ll find career-focused two-year programs that prepare you with the skills you need to jumpstart your career in high-need industries.
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At Mitchell Tech, students learn and perform in settings that mirror real-world workplaces. In two years or less, you’ll understand the complexities of your chosen field and have the hands-on experience to get started.
Mitchell, SD
Lake Area Tech offers small, interactive classes, new technology and cutting-edge programs to prepare students for the current workforce demands. Learn by doing and work with the most advanced equipment in your field of study.
Watertown, SD
Western Dakota Tech—the only technical institute in the western South Dakota region—offers programs in some of the fastest-growing fields and industries. Through internships and industry partners, students graduate ready to make an immediate impact.
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