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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), located on the campus of Black Hills State University, in collaboration with the School of Business and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, presented a financial program at the Red Cloud Indian School. The program, held in April, emphasized personal finance and money management and was presented to students in Tim Sullivan's high school classroom. Back row (l to r): Project SELECT interns:  Michael Dowding, Daniel Kinyon, Brandi Jangula, Ryan Chalberg, Luke Gorder, and Martin Calkins. Front Row (l to r): Anthony Flores; Patricia Dewey, Project SELECT assistant director; Shannon Allen; Shaun Nielsen; Susan D'Aniello, Project SELECT director; and Cynthia Robertson.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), located on the campus of Black Hills State University, in collaboration with the School of Business and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, presented a financial program at the Red Cloud Indian School. The program, held in April, emphasized personal finance and money management and was presented to students in Tim Sullivan's high school classroom.

Verona Beguin, assistant professor of business at BHSU, provided oversight and guidance to BHSU Project SELECT interns, Brandi Jangula and Shaun Nielsen, who developed the actual presentations.

Beguin, along with the ten BHSU Project SELECT interns, Dr. Susan D'Aniello, Project SELECT director, Patricia Dewey, Project SELECT assistant director, and Helen Merriman, SD CEO director, observed the presentations, and toured the Red Cloud campus and facilities. This is third year that SD CEO has coordinated and collaborated with BHSU faculty and Red Cloud to provide this program.

“This is a great opportunity for the interns.  I think it was a very valuable experience for all of them. It may even lead to some job prospects for a couple of them,” said Dewey.

Project SELECT Cohort VIII is an accelerated teacher licensure program for grades 7-12, offered by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU. Interns represented content in the following academic areas:  business, science, math, English language arts, art, and social studies.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 110 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s women’s business funding. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.