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Stretch the Million/Build Dakota
Industry Partner

The Build Dakota Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by generous business leaders and forward-thinking lawmakers to address South Dakota’s workforce challenges. Lake Area Technical College is proud to facilitate the Build Dakota Scholarship program that supports students entering high-need workforce fields in South Dakota. The program goal is to help close the workforce gap in these high-demand careers by graduating highly skilled workers. In an effort to ‘stretch’ the available dollars in the Build Dakota Scholarship program, we invite our industry partners to consider this unique opportunity to participate as a “Stretch the Million” partner.

How it Works

  • After choosing a student scholar, the “STM” partner commits to paying half of the expenses of their Build Dakota Scholarship. The scholarship supports tuition, fees, books, and other required program expenses in the eligible college program.
  • By accepting the full-ride scholarship with an STM partner, the student commits to working three years (minimum) for the partner, full-time in their field, in South Dakota.

Student Impact

  • Free education
  • Guaranteed employment
  • Potential on-the-job training

Business Impact

  • Alternative upskill for current employees
  • Access to a pipeline of new talent from Lake Area Tech
  • Guaranteed highly skilled employee
  • Free advertising on the Build Dakota & Lake Area Tech websites

South Dakota Impact

  • Aids in filling South Dakota’s workforce shortage
  • Scholars live and work in South Dakota
  • Local businesses thrive with highly skilled employees

Become a Stretch the Million Partner

Please contact us for more information about how to become an STM partner!

Melissa Waldner, Business Partner Specialist
605-882-5284  Ext. 263
Foundation Development Officer
605-882-5284  Ext. 308
Tracy (Hlavacek) Buisker, Foundation Director
605-882-5284 Ext. 268

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Build Dakota/Stretch the Million Partners

Abra Auto BodyAgc Sd Hhu New Logo W Tag LineAjs Automotive
Apex Iron WorksAutomatic Transmission & GearAvantara Lake Norden
Medical Laboratory Technician/medical Technologist
B&b Contracting Logo
B & R Truck RepairBanner 2Bethesda Home Aberdeen
BethesdaBjm.jpg LogoBrown Clinic Logo
Bx Civil & Construction LogoC&b LogoChildren's Dental Parkway Ortho Logo
ChsCommunity Health Center Of The Black Hills LogoCoteau Des Prairie
Crenlo Color Cmyk Commercial Go To Market LogoCommunity Memorial Hospital LogoCrestone Companies Logo (002) New
Dakota Granite LogoBuilddakota DakotalandmanufacturingDakota Tool & Sharpening
Daktronics LogoDescologo4cDouglas County Memorial Hospital Logo Ss
Dynamic Engineering LogoEastman Inc. East River Contracting
Farmers Implement And IrrigationFiegen New Logo HorizontalFirst Rate Excavate
Floyds Trucks LogoGail & Delores Miller
Charitable Fund

Sd Community Foundation

Gcc Logo
General Equipment And Supplies LogoGevo LogoGood Samaritan Society
Graco LogoGray ConstructionHalme Inc Logo 01
Harr MotorsHarrredfieldlgo (3) LogoHenriksen Auto Body Logo
HortonHuron RegionalJays Autobody
Jh Diesel RepairJohnson Feed LogoLien Transportation
Loiseau Construction LogoMaher Dental LogoMalloy Logo
Mart Brothers Construction LogoMilbank Ford LogoMills Construction
Mobile Mechanic, LLCMobridge Regional HospitalMonument Health
MorrisMustang Seeds LogoNorth American Truck And Trailor
Northside Imp LogoOverweg RepairPedco
Prairie LakesPrmHuron Pro Clean Plus
Prostrollo LogoRay's GarageRdo Equipment Co Logo
Reil Repair Logo2Logo White BackgroundRoute 15 Body Works Logo
Sanford Health Logo WinnerSd 811Sd Community Foundation
Dhslogo 2Sd Department Of Transportation LogoSelect Service Center
Service Plus 2Simco Sioux International
Stans Est2015Stemper Auto Body LogoStewart Construction
Terex LogoTitan Design & Construction LogoTitan Machinery
Tony Arnold
Turkey Ridge
Van Laecken Orthodontics LogoMedical Laboratory Technician/medical Technologist
Wagner Community
Memorial Hospital
Wagner Contracting Logo
WdcWatertown FordWatson
Webster ScaleWheatcrest Hills3


Additional Companies Interested in Cohort 9 Partnerships

STM PartnerLocation

Applied Engineering


Brookings Auto Mall


Brown Clinic

Dakota Granite

Dakota Land Design


Dakota Storage Buildings


East River Contracting


ESCO Manufacturing


Fiegen Construction
Sioux Falls

Full Circle Ag

General Equipment & Supplies
Sioux Falls

Good Samaritan Society


Gray Construction

Jarrod Smart Construction
Sioux Falls

Kennebec Telephone Co



Mills Construction

Mobridge Regional Hospital

Monument Health
Rapid City

Overweg Repair

Big Stone City

RDO Equipment

Sanford Health

South Branch Farms


Titan Machinery

Vander Haag’s Inc
Sioux Falls

Webster Scale

Yankton Medical Clinic

*Watch for updates in the coming weeks.