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UpSkill Programs Offer Certificates in High-Demand Fields

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation   
123 W. Missouri Ave.   
Pierre, SD 57501   
dlr.sd.gov   
    
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Media Contact:Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094   
  
UpSkill Programs Offer Certificates in High-Demand Fields  
 
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Board of Technical Education are partnering to provide eligible individuals occupational skills training through online, in-person, and via hybrid formats. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2022. 
  
UpSkill certificate programs are available for people who have obstacles to overcome to secure employment. Eligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to, being laid off, earning a low income, or having a disability.  
  
“Eligible participants will earn credentials in high-demand fields such as healthcare, information technology and manufacturing at little to no cost,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “After completing the UpSkill program, participants have many options available to them including a new career field, advancing in their current career or continuing their education.” 
  
For the Fall 2022 semester, over 20 certificates are available through Western Dakota Technical College, Southeast Technical College and Lake Area Technical College. Credits earned from certificate programs can integrate with associate and bachelor’s degree programs at public institutions across the state. 
  
“Enrollment in UpSkill also comes with DLR’s excellent case management and our full array of services for job seekers,” said Secretary Hultman. 
  
All applications begin at the technical colleges. Individuals interested in participating should contact the technical college offering the certificate program of interest. For a list of eligible programs and contact information, visit dlr.sd.gov/sdupskill
  
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 (WIOA) funding. 
 
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