SD Upskill

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 choose 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. 

At Lake area Technical College in Watertown, certifications are offered this fall in accounting, agriculture, banking, community health care worker, entrepreneurship, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, medical coding, networking and cyber security, and programming. Certifications are between 16 and 18 credits and will take 2 semesters to complete.  

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

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