Eligible Programs

The Perks of a Technical Career

A steady job, great salary, fulfilling work—it doesn’t take a master’s degree. Or a four-year degree. You can accomplish all this and more as a technical college graduate.

The South Dakota workforce is growing, especially in specialized industries. Technical programs are fast, affordable, flexible, and they prepare you for a high-demand position.

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High Demand. High Pay.

Build Dakota Scholars will have the opportunity to secure employment for key industry partners prior to graduation. And they can expect to earn salaries similar to these.

Median Pay for Careers with a Technical College Degree

Program Options

Find Your Future

These high-need fields of study have been approved for the 2021-2022 Build Dakota Scholarship Program. Download the full list.

Agriculture

A degree in agriculture can take you just about anywhere in the industry. You can work inside or outside doing anything from teaching and research to working with animals.

Automotive

For people who enjoy cars, working with their hands and solving problems, a career as an automotive technician can really drive your future.

Building Trades / Construction

A degree or certification in the construction trades can lead to employment as a construction manager, cost estimator or building inspector.

Energy Technician

Careers waiting for you include renewable energy technician, wind turbine installer, solar electricity system installer and more.

Engineering Technician

Engineering technicians can work in several specialized areas, including electrical and electronics engineering or civil engineering.

Healthcare

Technical colleges offer a variety of healthcare-related programs including Nursing, Med/Fire Rescue, Technicians and Paramedics.

Information Technology / Computer Information Systems

Focus on utilizing technology to help businesses run as efficiently as possible.

Precision Manufacturing

Precision machinists may work in the computer, automotive, agriculture or other industries—including manufacturing plants, machine shops and inspection organizations.

Welding

Welders specialize in fabricating products by joining together materials like steel, brass and aluminum. Welding skills can be applied to manufacturing, construction, creative arts and more.