Douglas School District Receives Portion of Grant to Enhance Career and Technical Education


Press Release


Douglas School District Receives Portion of Grant to Enhance Career and Technical Education

In a historic move, the South Dakota Department of Education has awarded 36 grants totaling $6.4 million to school districts to purchase innovative, industry-grade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Among the recipients, Douglas School District has been awarded $243,744.00 of this grant to advance its CTE initiatives.

These funds will allow Douglas students to work with state-of-the-art equipment, aligning with various fields, including government and public administration, tourism and hospitality, architecture and construction, manufacturing, and STEM. The new resources will provide cutting-edge equipment, opening new opportunities for both students and educators.

Douglas High School Principal Beau Voegeli emphasized the importance of the district's CTE program. "Our students are eager for career readiness. The mission of preparing them for an ever-changing world through the latest equipment is essential. This grant brings exciting prospects for our students and teachers alike and we would like to thank all parties involved for this opportunity," Voegeli stated.

CTE programs integrate academic knowledge with technical skills, preparing students for careers through hands-on training and industry-aligned curriculum. By emphasizing real-world applications and essential employability skills, CTE programs equip students with the tools they need to succeed in post-secondary workforce pursuits.

The scale of this unprecedented, one-time grant opportunity was made possible by funds available to the department through the American Rescue Plan and the federal Perkins grant.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Jade Temple

Douglas School District

Communication Coordinator

[email protected]

Phone: 605-923-0000