Workforce Education Grants

Workforce Education Grant Report
LEA Grant FAQs
ARSD 24:10:47 Workforce Education Grants


In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund through SB 235. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools.

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts and private, nonprofit entities who provide specialized training in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. High quality CTE programs give students the knowledge, skills and experiences to be well prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business & industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs. These grants will efficiently increase the number of students with access to high quality career and technical education programs in the state.

The Workforce Education Grants are awarded through a competitive submission and review process. As such, grant teams are expected to make significant and meaningful improvements to Career & Technical Education programs; applications should not be one-off projects for small equipment purchases, teacher training, student transportation, or similar activities. The Workforce Education Grants are one-time awards. If additional grants are available in the future from the fund, districts will not be re-awarded funds to sustain the initial award.

2018 Grant Award Winners

  • Estelline School District
  • Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy
  • Mitchell Development Corporation
  • Milbank School District
  • RTEC, Inc.
  • Sturgis Brown/Meade School District

Workforce Education Grants – 2019 Dates

  • Grant Release – February 11, 2019
  • Office Hours for questions and assistance – March 6 and 20, 2019
  • Grant Applications Due – March 29, 2019
  • Awards Announced - April 22, 2019
  • Contracts Due – May 31, 2019
  • Projects can begin – June 1, 2019

Contact

General questions about the Workforce Education Grants can be directed to:
Kara Schweitzer, Regional Specialist
Division of Career & Technical Education
Kara.Schweitzer@state.sd.us
(605) 220-3381

The Regional Career Development Specialists on DCTE’s secondary CTE staff will be happy to discuss potential grant ideas. Contact information, by region and content expertise, is located at http://doe.sd.gov/octe/cte.aspx.

For questions on financial accounting related to grant awards, contact:
Susan Woodmansey            OR                Bobbi Leiferman
Division of Finance & Management            Division of Finance & Management
susan.woodmansey@state.sd.us               bobbi.leiferman@state.sd.us
(605) 773-4748                                      (605) 773-5407