Greetings! Thank you for visiting our Dream it. Do. It. page. Let us begin by introducing ourselves. We are South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions, an organization founded by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Our mission is to help small to mid-sized manufacturers in South Dakota prosper and grow. To do this, we consult with companies in areas of strategic planning, lean enterprise, process improvement, plant layout, training, collaborative robots (cobots) and more.
One of the biggest challenges South Dakota manufacturers face today is developing a pipeline of workers for the future. Often, people are either uninterested in manufacturing or do not have the proper skills needed for the task. With appropriate training and career awareness opportunities, we can strengthen and build powerful industry talent.
The first step in introducing students to the innovative world of manufacturing is to develop a fun, interactive way to expose kids to the industry. We are conducting a middle school video contest to allow students to research, interview, and film successful manufacturing facilities all while learning about possible career paths in manufacturing.
While the video contest is a great start to the vision, it is only the beginning! We have big plans for the future and look forward to unveiling more ideas, projects and programs as time goes on.
We want to thank everyone involved in the video contest this year and extend an invitation to those interested in getting involved next year.
Curious what others have been saying?
“This has truly been an authentic, real-world learning opportunity for my students.” (Jeff Sand, Mt. Vernon teacher)
“This was an excellent learning opportunity for our students!” (Tricia Holland, De Smet teacher)
“It provides him with a unique perspective into opportunities he may not otherwise be aware of.” (Yankton parent)
“I would like him to participate again. He learned a lot about video production, time management, and teamwork. It was a great experience for him.” (Harrisburg South parent)