Transforming Education for Advanced Manufacturing in South Dakota (TEAM SD)

TEAM SD will implement the following strategies designed to expand and enhance the education and training strategies in the advanced manufacturing courses to provide rural or and other adults living in communities supported by manufacturing the opportunity to continue to work while building a portfolio of stackable credentials. Many of the courses in this program lattice allowing students the opportunity to switch programs or add to their credentials. 1) Develop a marketing plan, with input of employer partners, that updates the image of manufacturing and targets the non-traditional student; 2) Create a competency based education model that includes performance based assessments and internship opportunities; 3) Examine and incorporate advanced technology applications that support learners in developing new skills, provides hands-on learning activities, and allows students to complete learning outside of traditional classroom settings; and 4) Improve the employment outcomes of participants. The following credentials will be awarded: Electronic Systems Technology A.A.S degree, Energy Operations A.A.S. degree, High Performance Engine Machining Diploman and A.A.S. degree, Precision Machining A.A.S. degree, Robotics A.A.S. degree, and Welding Diploma and A.A.S. degree.

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