Grant money awarded to BHSSC will support adult students’ career goals
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative was recently awarded a three-year grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, providing adult students education and training for future careers.
STURGIS, S.D. — The grant money funding will help provide support to adult education students so that they can enter into and succeed in post-secondary programs that ultimately lead to wages for families to be self-sufficient.
The grant money totals about $190,00 a year -over a three year period and will provide staff (a career navigator), support services, along with funds for students’ school credits and expenses.
The project, entitled “Workforce Connections,” will be implemented through the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills, beginning next month.
The grant provides a career navigator to help students decide the next step to pursuing their future career.
Gloria Pluimer, BHSSC Director of Education and Workforce Development, says, “The support to help them choose the right field so that the money that they are expending for that education and training is a worthwhile investment in something that not only pays a living wage for them to be able to be financially secure, but also so that they are in a career field that they enjoy.”
Career counseling, advocacy and guidance, along with financial assistance, will support students’ interests, strengths, and aspirations leading them to making informed decisions about their post-secondary subject choices and career pathways.
The grant will support those students who are pursuing a GED as well as those who have a high school diploma or GED, but who need to brush up on their academic skills before entering post-secondary education such as an apprenticeship, technical college or university.
The goal is to have the students complete their degree or certification in their chosen area of study.
Pluimer says, “And the beauty of this grant is that it will provide us with the opportunity to provide continual support for these individuals, so it’s really important that they understand that we are here to help them to complete everything that they are pursuing so that they can be successful.”
BHSSC received several statements of support from entities that will collaborate on this project, including Elevate Rapid City, SD Departments of Labor and Human Services, SD Statewide Family Engagement Center, Western Dakota Tech, Black Hills State University, SD School of Mines and Technology, Consumer Credit Counseling of the Black Hills, Love INC, OneHeart, and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.
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