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Build Dakota Match Fair

Southeast Tech is excited to share information about our Sponsor A Scholar Program. This program is a great opportunity for your company to leverage Build Dakota Scholarship funds to help you connect with a prospective student coming into your field. 

If your company hires students from one of these programs, then we would like to invite you to our Build Dakota Match Event:



Automotive Technician

Civil Engineering Technician

Collision Repair & Refinish Tech

Computer Network Security

Computer Programming

Computer Technician

Construction Management

Diesel Technician



HVAC/R Technician

Land Surveying Science

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

LPN to Registered Nurse (RN)

Mechanical Engineering Tech


Network Administrator

Plumbing/Mechanical Systems

Software Support Specialist

Surgical Technology

System Administrator


The Build Dakota Match Event on February 22, 2018 is your opportunity to meet prospective students from these programs that are interested in connecting with a sponsor. At this event your company can meet and interview potential students that are enrolled to attend Southeast Tech in the fall and are interested in securing a Build Dakota scholarship by making a commitment to a sponsoring company.  To register, please complete the registration form below.

There will be an informational meeting for companies starting at 11:30. Table set up will begin at 12:00 with the match event starting at 12:30.  The event will be conducted similar to a job fair where the students will rotate through the company tables. Interview rooms will be available if needed. Please register for this event no later than February 9, 2018.

What is Build Dakota?

Build Dakota is a scholarship program created through a $50 million investment funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million contribution from the South Dakota Future Fund.

Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to skilled scholars entering high-need workforce programs at Southeast Tech. Build Dakota is a full ride scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, books, fees, tools and laptop.

How Sponsor A Build Dakota Scholar Works

Industry partners who sponsor a Build Dakota Scholar with an investment of $8,000 to cover college expenses will receive matching funds from the Build Dakota Scholarship to offer a student selected by the company a full ride Build Dakota Scholarship. 

Your Company May Be Eligible to Receive a Grant!

The Southeast Tech Foundation was awarded a $50,000 grant from Forward Sioux Falls that would offset some of the cost of employer contribution of the Sponsor A Build Dakota Scholar program. Companies that sponsor a student to attend to Southeast Tech are eligible to receive one of 19 - $2,500 Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota grants.


To be eligible for this grant, your company needs to be a member of Forward Sioux Falls, The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce or the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Companies that bring forward a new student to enroll at Southeast Tech will get priority consideration for the Forward Sioux Falls Grant. Companies that do not have a student identified can meet a student at our Build Dakota Match event on February 22, 2018. 

Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant Application

Southeast Tech has had an overwhelming response to the Build Dakota Scholarship with over 200 applications for the Fall 2018 semester.  Not securing a sponsor does not take the student out of the consideration to receive a Build Dakota Scholarship, however securing a sponsor guarantees the student will be awarded a full ride scholarship to begin their education.*

For more information about this event, please contact Chellee Nemec at 605-367-7464 or

Please select which program(s) you are willing to sponsor a student from. To select more than one program, select Ctrl on your keyboard when making selections.