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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
Jessi Eidson,  Development & Alumni Coordinator
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

Aberdeen Chrysler LogoAberdeen Fire RescueAbra Auto Body
Agc Sd Hhu New Logo W Tag LineAgtegra Cooperative LogoAjs Automotive
Apex Iron Works
Avantara Lake Norden
Medical Laboratory Technician/medical TechnologistB & R Truck Repair
Gettysburg, SD
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Beadle Auto Group LogoBeck Motor Company LogoBethesda
Bjm.jpg LogoBlaines Body Shop LogoBrookings Auto Mall Logo
Brookings Health System LogoCity Of Brookings LogoBrown Clinic Logo
Bx Civil & Construction LogoC&b LogoChildren's Dental Parkway Ortho Logo
ChsCommunity Memorial Hospital LogoCone Ag Logo
Coteau Des PrairieCrestone Companies Logo (002) NewDakota Granite Logo
Dakota Land Design LogoBuilddakota DakotalandmanufacturingDaktronics Logo
Descologo4cDouglas County Memorial Hospital Logo SsDynamic Engineering Logo
Eastman Inc. East River ContractingEsco New Logo W Tag
First Rate ExcavateFloyds Trucks LogoFousek Truck Service
Gettysburg, SD
Gail & Delores Miller
Charitable Fund

Sd Community Foundation
Gcc Logo
General Equipment And Supplies Logo
Gevo LogoGood Samaritan SocietyGraco Logo
Gray ConstructionGrossenburg Implement Logo 2Harris Machine Company
Harr MotorsHenriksen Auto Body LogoHf Jacobs Construction Logo
Hora Repair Logo UpdateHortonJack Links Logo
Jaeger Farms
Highmore, SD
Jays AutobodyJohnson Feed Logo
Lake County International Logo UpdatedLiberty Superstores LogoLien Transportation
Loiseau Construction LogoMadison Regional Health LogoMaher Dental Logo
Malloy LogoMarshall County Sheriff UpdatedMart Brothers Construction Logo
Milbank Ford LogoMills ConstructionMobile Mechanic, LLC
Beresford, SD
Mobridge Regional HospitalMonument HealthMorris
Mustang Seeds LogoNew Horizons Construction
White, SD
North American Truck And Trailor
Northside Imp LogoOverweg RepairPedco
Prairie LakesPrmPremier Equipment
Prostrollo LogoRay's GarageRdo Equipment Co Logo
Ronglien Excavating Inc.
Big Stone City, SD
Route 15 Body Works LogoRapid Precision Manufacturing New Logo
Sanford Health Logo WinnerSheyenne Transport LogoSmile Solutions Logo
South Branch Farms LogoSd 811Sd Community Foundation
Sd Department Of Transportation LogoSelect Service CenterService Plus 2
Simco Sioux InternationalStans Est2015
Stemper Auto Body LogoStern Logo UpdatedStewart Construction
Watertown, SD
Terex LogoTitan Design & Construction LogoTitan Machinery
Tony Arnold Construction LogoTracy’s Paint & Body Inc.
Parkston, SD
Transource Logo
Twin City Die Logo UpdatedVanderhaagVan Laecken Orthodontics Logo
Verne Little ConstructionMedical Laboratory Technician/medical Technologist
Wagner Community
Memorial Hospital
Watertown Development Company New Logo
Watertown FordWatson
Webster Scale
We Agribusiness Rgb Logo


Additional Companies Interested in Cohort 10 Fall 2024 Partnerships

Coming soon!