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Registered Apprenticeship in Belle Fourche

Being an apprentice in South Dakota allows you to earn money while preparing for your career.

A Registered Apprenticeship gives you:
  • Improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the employer
  • Incremental wage increases as skills improve
  • On-the-job training and occupation focused education
  • Career advancement
  • Industry issued, nationally recognized credentials
  • Opportunities for college credit and future degrees
  • Post-secondary training without the debt
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Belle Fourche High School Career & Technical Education Center


The courses offered in the new building include:

  • Welding
    • Intro to Welding
    • Welding 1 & 2
    • Advanced Welding
    • Manufacturing (Metals)
    • Ag Mechanics (Engines supplied by Briggs and Stratton are put together by students.)
    • Into to metals (8th Graders)
  • Agriculture/FFA
    • Intro to AFNR (Agriculture, Foods, Natural Resouces)
    • Ag Sales
    • Animal Science
    • Advanced Animal Science
    • Natural Resources
    • Ag Leadership
    • Into to Ag (8th graders)
  • Business
    • Accounting A & B
    • Internship Experience (Partnership with Depart
    • Personal Finance
    • Computer Technology
    • Intro to Business (8th graders)
  • Family and Consumer Science (FACS)
    • Intro to Hospitality
    • Nutrition/Wellness
    • Child Development
    • Culinary Arts (Commercial grad kitchen utilized)
    • Intro to FACS (8th grade)
Courses offered in the Carpentry Building include:
  • Architecture/Construction (4’x 8’industrial panel router utilized)
  • Drafting & Design (3D printer utilized along with a laser engraver)
  • Mechanical Drafting (Computer-Aided Drafting CAD)
  • Residential Construction (Full-sized house built on site.)
  • Intro to manufacturing in wood (8th grade)

The School District’s future plans are to build a “State-of-the-Art” 12-month greenhouse for hydroponics and a fish farm for aquaculture.


Build Dakota Scholarship Fund

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE – FOR YOU AND FOR SOUTH DAKOTA Build Dakota gives students entering South Dakota tech schools an opportunity to plan a foundation for their future. You’ll come out of school with no student debt and a set of skills in high demand, so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and start your career right away. PROGRAM DETAILS
  • Both in-state students and out-of-state students are eligible for the scholarships.
  • Scholars of all ages are welcome to apply.
  • The scholarships will support tuition, fees, books and other required program expenses in the eligible technical institute programs.
  • Recipients of the scholarships will commit to living and working in the state, in their field of study, for three years following graduation.
  • In the first five years, a projected 300 scholarships will be awarded annually. Beyond the first five years, the endowment will support approximately 50 full-ride scholarships.
STUDENT COMMITMENT In accepting scholarship awards, recipients will agree to:
  • Enroll full-time in a technical institute program determined as a high-need workforce area in South Dakota.
  • Following graduation, work full-time in the field of study in South Dakota for a minimum of three years.

Educated Work Force

  • Black Hills State University (BHSU) representing over 4,244 Students
  • BHSU offers 81 academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree  degrees in Business, Accounting, industrial and sustainability
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology representing over 2,895 students
  • SDSM&T offering engineering degrees in electrical, environmental, geology, mechanical, science, mining, and energy
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute representing over 1,050 students
  • WDTI offers diplomas in welding, machinist, plumbing, HVAC, building, criminal justice and medical

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at