Governor Noem announces program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19

PIERRE, S.D. – On Monday, Governor Kristi Noem announced the launch of UpSkill, a program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19.

UpSkill consists of 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.

“South Dakota is poised to bounce back from COVID-19 stronger than ever before. For those looking for a new career path as we get back to normal, UpSkill is here to help you,” said Governor Noem. “This educational program will provide a clear pathway to stable careers.”

Through the UpSkill program,  participants will earn credentials at little or no cost. Participants must be eligible for re-employment assistance through DLR and be deemed a dislocated worker.

The Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are partnering to support UpSkill participants.

Dislocated workers in South Dakota are encouraged to apply for the UpSkill program immediately. After completing an UpSkill program, participants can enter a new career field, advance in their current field, or continue their education.

UpSkill is funded through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding.

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.

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

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