Community & Family Services
Offers educational programs to extend the school day and to promote partnerships among families, educators, and community members. Services include early childhood education, after-school programs, and family education.
Empowers children and adults with disabilities to plan their lives, supported by best-practice direct services in education, employment, medical coordination and care, residential life and transportation, including statewide leadership in training and services for people with autism and their families.
Encourages creation of quality employment regionally by strenghtening the overall business climate, through the efforts of the West River Business Development Center and Black Hills Community Economic Development, Inc.
Education & Workforce
Development / CLC
Guides South Dakotans toward self-sufficiency through education that leads to improved employment. Instructional offerings include adult basic education, National Career Readiness Certification, and community education classes throughout the Black Hills.
Provides direction for a wide variety of South Dakotans, including those seeking assistive technology for coping with disabilities or aging, youth with disabilites transitioning to life beyond high school.
Technology & innovation
in education (TIE)
Leads schools in practices that improve instruction, assessment, professional development, faculty leadership, and educational technology use. TIE coordinates online courses, regional workshops, and South Dakota's largest annual educators' conference.
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative also coordinates contracted services
, specific to needs identified by schools. Speech therapy, psychological services, and physical and occupational therapy are common requests.