Industry partnerships help Build Dakota scholarship program

  • 11/12/2015

To combat the need in South Dakota for highly-skilled technical workers, the Build Dakota scholarship program is giving one million dollars a year in scholarship funds to each of the state's technical institutes over five years.

That money is used to help students prepare for the workforce in programs targeted as vital to the future of South Dakota industries, paying their way in exchange for an agreement to work in state for three years.

But according to Lake Area Technical Institute president Mike Cartney, the brilliance of the program doesn't stop there. Many companies are partnering with Build Dakota, splitting the tuition bill to support students who will then sign on to work for that company for three years.