PIERRE – Eight South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling more than $1,091,000, have been awarded to seven South Dakota public school districts and one private non-profit organization. 

In the Brookings area, $16,625 is going to the Deubrook Area School District. The money will be used for expansion of the agriculture, food and natural resources program through the construction of a greenhouse and the development of an aquaponics program.

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools. 

The purpose of the grant program is to provide 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 prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.

“I commend the recipients of these grants for thinking big as they seek to grow their career and technical education programs,” said Laura Scheibe, the South Dakota Department of Education’s director of career and technical education. “CTE programs help students effectively connect their K-12 education to real-world career opportunities.”

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