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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
Morgan Johnson, Foundation Development Officer
605-882-5284  Ext. 308
Tracy Hlavacek, Foundation Director
605-882-5284 Ext. 268

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