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Outside Funding Agencies

This is a list of possible funding sources for Western Dakota Tech students. Interested individuals must contact the lender for eligibility requirements.

Career Learning Center

730 East Watertown Street Rapid City, SD 57701

The CLC offers a variety of education, training and employment programs. An experienced career counseling staff assists individuals of all ages in determining what area of employment fits their interest, aptitude, and skills. Edu- cation and training services at the CLC include basic education, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language.

National Farmworkers Jobs Program

Erin Zimmerman
221 S. Central Ave. Suite 33 Pierre, SD 57501
605-494-3608 or 800-224-5336 Ext: 529

This program monetary stipends to help with living expenses while enrolled in school. Individuals must have worked

in the agricultural industry within the past two years. Additional requirements apply. Call the above number for more information.

Tribal Funding

Higher Education Grant Program & Adult Vocational Training Program Both programs offer financial assistance to help defray some of the costs of tuition, fees, and books. The amount awarded will depend on the results of your Financial Aid application. The Higher Education Grant Program funds only Associate in Applied Science de- grees that can be built upon for a Bachelors degree at a college or university. The Adult Vocational Training Pro- gram funds many of the Diploma pro- grams available at WDT. To determine eligibility, contact the education office of the tribe in which you are enrolled.

Workforce Training

Lynette Engle, 605-394-2322
Kevin Dary, 605-394-2300
Melanie Garstenshlager, 605-394-2314
Samantha McGrath, 605-355-3505        
Jennifer Gross, 605-394-2329

2330 N Maple, Suite 1
Rapid City, SD 57701

WIA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) is an employment and training program providing services to improve skills for youth and adults that could result in employment and/or in- crease in earnings. They offer education and job training programs that can help in overcoming employment barriers.


  1. Must meet income eligibility
  2. Must have barriers to employment
Veteran's Affairs

Debbie Toms, 605-718-2958
Lenora McCollum, 605-718-2415
Andrew Kapelewski, 605-718-2957

Western Dakota Tech
800 Mickelson Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703

The Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 provides up to 36 months of education- al benefits to be used for degree or certificate programs. Chapter 35 provides educational benefits to children of 100% disabled or deceased veterans.

Chapter 1606 provides educational benefits for individuals in the National Guard. The monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training, length of service, category, and if DOD put extra money in MGIB Funds.


  1. Must be eligible to receive MGIB or Veteran’s Education Assistance Program
  2. Must have had an Honorable Dis- charge (Chapter 30 only)
  3. Must have a diploma or GED and possibly 12 hours of college
VA Vocational Rehabilitation

Paul Barnes
2050 W. Main St., Suite 8
Rapid City, SD 57702

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is a program that assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to achieve employment or enhance their ability to function independently at home and in the community.


  1. Must have a combined VA compensable disability rating of at least 10 percent, as a result of active duty military service on or after September 16, 1940
  2. Must have received or will receive a discharge or release from active duty under other than dishonorable

Vocational Rehabilitation

2330 N Maple, Suite 2 Rapid City, SD 57701

The Vocational Rehabilitation program assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment. In order for people with certain disabilities to become employed, they must have vocational skills needed by employers. If lacking such skills, training may be provided on-the-job, through supported employment, at a vocational technical school, or at a college or university.


  1. Must have a disability that significantly interferes with getting or keeping a job
  2. Must need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome these barriers to employment
Health Professions Opportunity Grant

Health Professions Opportunity Gran (HPOG) Pathways to Healthcare Professions (PHP) is a federally funded grant program designed to help qualified TANF and low-income students obtain a professional career in a high demand healthcare field.

Western Dakota Tech students entering the following programs may be eligible to receive scholarship funds:
Practical Nursing

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