A workforce summit in Rapid City is teaching educators how to attract students to the field of science and engineering.
Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research or EPSCoR, is holding the summit.
The group's charge is to strengthen South Dakota higher education and research in an effort to bring in external dollars.
EPSCoR, which is funded by multiple agencies including NASA and the National Science Foundation, spends about $13 million in South Dakota each year to hire new faculty for research projects, buy major pieces of equipment and support graduate students in the field of research.
It's an investment that South Dakota EPSCoR Director Jim Rice says has a big payoff. "There will be more jobs for more people and they're very well paying jobs and it brings a vibrancy to the quality of life in the state that I think is very important in the 21st century," Rice said.
The summit goes through Friday at the Hotel Alex Johnson.