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South Dakota KIDS COUNT Program Director Honored for Outstanding Service

South Dakota KIDS COUNT director Carole Cochran with CPCM director Carrie G. Sanderson. Carole holds her Outstanding Service Award. South Dakota KIDS COUNT program director Carole Cochran received the 2019 Outstanding Service Award by the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Pictured from left to right is CPCM director Carrie G. Sanderson and SDKC director Carole Cochran.

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota KIDS COUNT (SDKC) program director Carole Cochran was recently awarded the 2019 Outstanding Service Award by the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) for her work in the area of child maltreatment.

Cochran received the recognition at the 19th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference, which was held on Friday, Oct. 4. SDKC is an outreach center at the Beacom School of Business.

This award is given out annually by CPCM in recognition of an individual’s relentless dedication and service to South Dakota in the effort to eradicate child maltreatment. Cochran is the second person to receive this award and was nominated by Krista Herren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

For 23 years, Cochran has served as the program director of SDKC, a nonprofit organization that provides access to high quality data and research to inform policy decisions that impact children and families. SDKC publishes an annual Factbook, quarterly issue briefs and special reports throughout the year illustrating the well-being of South Dakota’s children.

“Carole has dedicated a large part of her career to understanding data surrounding child welfare in the state of South Dakota,” said CPCM director Carrie G. Sanderson. “Countless agencies and state partners benefited from Carole’s efforts. The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment is honored to present Carole with the 2019 Outstanding Services award and to celebrate her contribution to making South Dakota children safer and healthier.”


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News