Ten South Dakota organizations will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand and develop new opportunities in secondary career and technical education, specifically in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, as it is commonly called.
Funding for these EPSCoR grants is provided through the National Science Foundation; the state Department of Education administers the funds. EPSCoR stands for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
Projects range from dual-credit opportunities in the information technology and robotics fields to cutting-edge courses in pre-engineering and biosciences.
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 funding applications.
Proposal objectives correlated with Department of Education initiatives related to college and career readiness, and efforts to encourage children and parents to learn more about career opportunities for students.
EPSCoR funds were awarded to the following:
• Brookings School District
• Burke School District
• Clark School District
• Lake Area Multi District
• Northwest Area Schools Education Cooperative
• Platte-Geddes School District
• Sioux Falls School District (received two grants for separate projects)
• Stanley County School District
• Todd County School District
• Yankton School District