college students at the annual scholarship reception


Mission Statement

The Southeast Tech Foundation is committed to building a solid foundation for tomorrow’s workforce. Through community involvement, our workforce needs will be fulfilled by providing financial resources that allow our students to meet their potential.

Promoting positive community and economic growth in the Sioux Empire.

Southeast Tech NOW Campaign Puts Focus on Workforce Development

In fall 2018, President Bob Griggs announced the Southeast Tech Foundation’s first-ever capital campaign to raise $6.2 million. Unlike traditional fundraising efforts, the Southeast Tech NOW campaign primarily centers on workforce development, not new construction. It is aptly named Southeast Tech NOW (New Opportunities in Workforce Development). David Long of Sanford Health and Tom Kelly of Gage Brothers Concrete serve as co-chairs for the campaign.

According to Kelley, “In today’s rapidly changing work environment, it is critical to develop funding to be used for the creation of more responsive academic programs, so students can be equipped with future-proof skills.”

The funds will be used to help Southeast Tech respond to the changing needs of industry with adjustments in academics and new and expanded programs, equipping students with the skills they need for today’s jobs.

There is also one building component to the campaign – renovations and an addition to the Ed Wood Trade & Industry Center, which will house a new Veterinary Technician program starting in Fall 2020.

To date, the foundation has raised $3.2 million.