Community-Based Job Training
Mitchell Technical Institute Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) Grant "SD Energy Training"
The primary purpose of the U.S. Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training Grant program CBJT grants was to build the capacity of community colleges to train workers and develop the skills required to succeed in high growth/high demand industries. Mitchell Technical Institute was awarded a CBJT Grant in February 2009 to expand training for workers in a variety of energy related careers. The grant award period of performance started in February 2009 and ended in February 2013. Highlights of this project are outlined below:

Key PartnersSouth Dakota Workforce Investment Board; Sinte Gleska University, South Dakota Department of Labor; Rosebud Economic Development Corporation; South Dakota Rural Electric Association; Black Hills Corporation; High Plains Technical School; and South Dakota Department of Education; Office of Career and Technical Education.

  • Start-up of the first ever Wind Turbine Training program in South Dakota
  • Expansion of Power Line Construction & Maintenance and Propane & Natural Gas Technology programs
  • Creation of an Outreach Trailer equipped to provide career awareness and exploration activities to middle and high school students throughout South Dakota and surrounding states
  • Development of in-house OSHA trainer and training program
  • 1,835 participants received grant supported training  
  • Over 9,600 students, instructors, and community members participated in grant funded capacity building activities focused on building awareness of energy related careers
  • Offered an off-campus Wind Turbine Technology training program in cooperation with Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD, primarily for Native American students.  
  • Development of self-sustaining training programs able to continue operations after grant funding done
  • Creation of Wind Turbine Technology competency model and career ladder
Grant Amount$1,993,723 (direct funding from US Department of Labor)

Leveraged Amount: Over $6,700,000 in leveraged resources were contributed towards this project through funding, personnel, and equipment provided by Mitchell Technical Institute, project partners, and other donors. 

For more information contact:
John Heemstra
Mitchell Technical Institute
Outreach Coordinator
(605) 995-7204