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State Department of Labor grants contracts to develop apprenticeship programs

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Dakota State University in Madison, SD. DSU is one of four organizations that will develop an apprenticeship program under a contract with the state Department of Labor and Regulation.

Four South Dakota organizations will receive $35,000 each to develop apprenticeship programs for high school students. The programs are intended to generate skilled workers in high-demand areas.

The Harrisburg School District and Bear Butte Gardens will house agriculture apprenticeships.

Bear Butte Gardens, a Sturgis farm, already works with the DOL to provide training in organic farm management and commercial kitchen management. The new funding will go towards an entry level farm worker position open for student apprentices.

The Harrisburg School District will use the funding to develop new initiatives in their existing Career and Technical Education program.

The Belle Fourche School District and Dakota State University will house programs in healthcare and education, respectively.

The contracts are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Marcia Hultman is secretary of the state Department of Labor and Regulation, which administers the program.

“High school apprenticeships provide the foundation for students to choose among multiple pathways after graduation – to enroll in college, to enter an apprenticeship program, begin full-time employment or a combination,” she said.

The recipients will work with the state labor agency to develop their programs, then submit plans to the federal Department of Labor for approval.

Updated: December 29, 2022 at 12:49 PM CST
This story was updated on December 29, 2022 to include additional information about the Bear Butte Gardens and Harrisburg School District plans.
Slater Dixon is a junior at Augustana University studying Government and Data Science. He was born in Sioux Falls and is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.