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SD Department of Education March 2016  

  New! Workforce Education Grant applications now available

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Grant fund through SB 235. Part of that fund, up to $1.5 million, was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools.

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts 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 and 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.

Grants will be awarded for the first time in the spring and summer of 2016. The maximum individual grant application amount will be $300,000. The Workforce Education Grants will be awarded through a competitive submission and review process. As such, grant teams are expected to make significant and meaningful improvements to career and 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.

Applications will be accepted in two rounds, with deadlines as follows:
April 1: grant projects up to $50,000
June 3: grant projects up to $300,000

Find more information, including the grant application, on the Workforce Education Grant webpage.

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