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For Immediate Release: September 13, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

EPSCoR grant funds awarded to schools

Six schools across South Dakota will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand, and develop new opportunities in secondary career cluster programs.

The funded projects will focus on the following career clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; Information Technology; Health Science; and Agriculture Science.

Projects range from dual credit opportunities in information technology to cutting-edge courses in pre-engineering and biosciences.

Proposal objectives correlate with the goals and objectives of the department’s High School 2025 initiative and efforts to encourage students and families to learn more about career opportunities and prepare for postsecondary education.

Funding for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grants is provided through the National Science Foundation, and the recipients were selected by the South Dakota Department of Education. Applicants were encouraged to collaborate by combining resources to provide secondary career and technical education opportunities in regional, multi-center or cooperative approaches.

The Department of Education received 19 applications to fund projects during this grant cycle.

EPSCoR funds were awarded to the following:

· Black Hills State University

· East Dakota Educational Cooperative

· Edgemont School District

· Mid-Central Educational Cooperative

· Platte/Geddes School District

· Vermillion School District