Daugaard Awards Equipment Grants To Tech Schools

September 14, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he is awarding over $860,000 in Future Funds to fund equipment needs in Build Dakota-eligible programs at South Dakota’s four technical institutes.

“These Future Fund grants will help ensure that students at our state’s technical institutes are being trained on the most up-to-date equipment – the kind of equipment they will be expected to use once they enter the workforce,” Gov. Daugaard said.

The grants will go toward Build Dakota-eligible programs where student enrollments exceed equipment capacity for the 2017-18 school year. Programs receiving the equipment fund grants include diesel technology, precision machining, building trades, welding and manufacturing technology, licensed practical nursing and surgical technology.

Grant totals are as follows:

Technical Institute


Lake Area Technical Institute

$          226,635.00

Mitchell Technical Institute

$          400,000.00

Southeast Technical Institute

$          169,900.00

Western Dakota Technical Institute

$            68,000.00

TOTAL Future Funds Awarded

$          864,535.00

The Build Dakota Scholarship program aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals. The program was announced in late 2014. The scholarship is funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and $25 million in future funds committed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

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