UpSkill program helps dislocated South Dakota workers find careers

The State of South Dakota has started a new program to support workers who have lost their job because of COVID-19.

UpSkill participants can chose from among 22 online certificate programs in high-demand fields, including business, healthcare, information technology and manufacturing. The programs will begin this fall at the state’s four technical colleges and are at little or no cost to participants.

The state Board of Technical Education and Department of Labor and Regulation are partnering to support UpSkill participants. Participants must be eligible for re-employment assistance through DLR and be deemed a dislocated worker to use the UpSkill programs.

After completing an UpSkill program, participants can enter a new career field, advance in their current field or continue their education.

UpSkill is funded as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

More information can be found at www.SDUpSkill.com.

Participating technical colleges include Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, and Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City.

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