Superintendent Kirk Easton and the Spearfish School District hosted a public forum on Wednesday, September 29 at Creekside Elementary to discuss the planned Career and Technical Education Center that will begin being constructed this upcoming Spring next to the Spearfish High School.
The new sixteen-million-dollar CTE center will have the potential to house more than thirty classes in sixteen different career clusters, including family and consumer sciences; medical sciences classrooms and labs; a STEM lab; an information technology classroom; a building trades shop where students can learn about construction, plumbing, electrical and HVAC; and classroom and shop space for woodworking, automotive, and welding. Additionally, the building will feature a presentation area that will hold at least one-hundred-fifty to two-hundred people, that can be used for everything from sports banquets to special lectures from experts in various fields.
The Spearfish School District CTE center will be an asset to students, local businesses, and the entire Spearfish community. Because of the significant positive impact the center will have on workforce development here in Spearfish, SEDC serves on the CTE Advisory Committee for the project.
SEDC recently participated in the inaugural “Fuel the Growth” Economic Development Training Certification Workshop hosted by Black Hills State University (BHSU), Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance and the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the BHSU-Rapid City Campus.
SEDC Marketing and Administration Coordinator Cayley Schmitt completed the three-day course and SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken taught the class on workforce development. The course was attended by dozens of economic development professionals from across South Dakota and surrounding states and included education on various topics such as economic development finance, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, community and real estate development, strategic planning, organizational management and ethics.
Fuel the Growth is one of several new strategic training programs being established by Black Hills State University to address workforce development needs for economic growth and prosperity in the Black Hills region.