Lake Area Technical College recently hosted the Build Dakota Scholarship Lunch welcoming their Cohort 9 Full-Ride Build Dakota Students to celebrate their scholarship and partnership with their Stretch the Million partners.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is a proud Build Dakota sponsor and Stretch-the-Million 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. The program's 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. An “STM” partner, like PLHS, chooses a student scholar and then 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. In turn, 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.
This year Prairie Lakes is sponsoring five (5) nursing students and two (2) surgical tech students from LATC (pictured above) and one (1) radiology student at Mitchell Technical Institute (not pictured) through the Build Dakota Scholarship.