South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard granted Western Dakota Tech, and 17 Black Hills area public school districts, $2 million to implement a dual credit system.
The system will allow students to take college level classes while still in high school. If they choose to take the courses, they will receive college credit at Western Dakota Tech.
"There is research behind the fact if we are able to give these dual credit opportunities to these students, they have those credits in hand; when they graduate from high school they're much more successful," said Dr. Tim Mitchell, Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent.
Rapid City school board members will discuss exactly which classes will be offered for this program at their next meeting, which will be next Tuesday.