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Career & Technical Education (CTE) machinist program Success Story

South Dakota Community Ready to Boost Business with New CTE Program

Doing business in South Dakota has always been easy. But thanks to a newly established Career & Technical Education (CTE) machinist program, one community is now making it even easier to do business in the Rushmore State.

Sturgis, perhaps best known for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally®, a community located in western South Dakota, is also a firearms hotspot. Educators and development officials recently rolled out the new CTE program to train future and existing machinists and welders. And because the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors (SH&O) industry is a major contributor to the community’s economy each year, implementing the new CTE program is critical to continued growth in the industry.

“It’s no secret that metal-related manufacturing is a large part of our industrial sector,” said Pat Kurtenbach, president, Sturgis Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). “The new CTE program allows not just our students, but professionals already in the field as well, to gain valuable training and education at a reduced cost. We’re investing in our future—our future workforce.”

“As it has been for 25 years, the SH&O industry continues to thrive in Sturgis and is growing statewide. If you’re looking for a place to grow your business, South Dakota has always been a good place to do it, but now it’s even better and easier.”

Contact Jeff Haverly