Internship Success Story: Kaylee, Precious Pets

Posted on April 16, 2021

​This week, learn how Kaylee’s internship opportunity, set up via Career Launch SD, has helped her find her educational/career path after high school.

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Meet Terra: Advisor, Counselor, Coach, Mentor

Posted on April 01, 2021

Meet Terra Kerska, a Career Advisor with the Department of Labor and Regulation Sioux Falls Job Service

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Career Exploration: WHY it is important  

Posted on March 12, 2021

Marcia Hultman, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation and former teacher, takes a moment to explain WHY career exploration is so important for students.

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SD UpSkill: Preparation for Re-Employment Success

Posted on February 26, 2021

In July 2020, DLR  partnered with the Board of Technical Education to create SD UpSkill, a program which provided South Dakota’s dislocated workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 the opportunity to earn certificates from the state’s technical colleges.

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Preston: Youth Work Experience Success Story

Posted on February 18, 2021

Preston enrolled in the youth work experience program in coordination with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and Hanson High School to gain valuable job skills as a welder and was able to earn credits to count toward his high school diploma.​

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SD UpSkill: Spring Semester Courses for Dislocated Workers

Posted on December 03, 2020

​SD UpSkill, a program to help dislocated workers get back on their career paths and return to work, is accepting applications for Spring semester course offerings at Lake Area Technical College and Western Dakota Technical College through Dec. 11.

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Lauren - A Career Launch SD Success Story

Posted on November 25, 2020

Lauren’s participation in an internship program through Career Launch as a senior at Yankton High School opened her eyes to possibilities she hadn't considered.

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National Apprenticeship Week Shines Light on Registered Apprenticeships

Posted on November 05, 2020

An apprenticeship is a great, practical option for those looking to advance their skills while earning a livable wage and being debt-free. Apprenticeships help individuals gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen industry. As you explore your options as you embark on your career path, be sure to check out if a Registered Apprenticeship may fit your plans.

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Find Career Information You Can Trust

Posted on October 26, 2020

You have hundreds of South Dakota career choices open to you. How do you know where to start? Can you trust what you find? The Labor Market Information Center (LMIC) not only gathers and provides unbiased and reliable state workforce stats, but also develops career materials you can count on. Check out these Career Exploration and Planning​ resources to explore your career options and make informed career decisions.

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Bring Your ‘A’ Game: The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

Posted on October 05, 2020

Hard skills are easy to identify. They are job-specific, technical skills needed to complete assigned tasks. Often, we have the hard skills we need to succeed – this might look like years of work experience in a field, a credential or certificate, or a recommendation from a previous employer. While hard skills are an important component of success, employers know experience and mastery of technical skills aren’t everything.

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Get Work Experience. Get Hired.

Posted on September 30, 2020

Lots of jobs require experience to get hired. A lot of people think, "How can I get experience when I can't get a job?"

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Mastering the Job Search: Career Advisors Available Virtually

Posted on August 19, 2020

Career Launch SD has been working hard to build the innovative training you need to be successful in your job search, job retention, and advancement efforts. One of our recent undertakings is creating a virtual version of our popular training Job Search Assistance Program, commonly known as JSAP.

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UpSkill: A Silver Lining for Dislocated Workers

Posted on August 05, 2020

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the Board of Technical Education have partnered to offer SD UpSkill, a new program to help individuals get back on their career paths and return to work.

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Job Hunting + Career Advisor = Success

Posted on July 20, 2020

COVID-19 has affected many South Dakotans. If your career has been negatively affected during this pandemic, Career Launch SD is ready to help connect you with your next career opportunity. Don’t waste time.

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Boost Your Career to the Next Level

Posted on July 06, 2020

Interested in a Post-Secondary Education? So, you’ve got your high school diploma or a GED® credential. Maybe you just graduated. Maybe you’ve been in the workforce for a while. Are you thinking you’re ready to take your career to the next level?

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How to Discover Your Career Path

Posted on June 24, 2020

“Entering the workforce can feel intimidating.” If this describes you, that's okay because we're here to walk you through it. Career Launch SD has everything you need to get onto the right career path — and people to help you do it.

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How to Future Proof Your Career

Posted on June 11, 2020

How can you future proof your career when you don't know what the future holds? Career Launch SD is a good place to start. Our Career Advisors will help you find an education and career path that can increase your earnings and find secure and meaningful employment.

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Three Ways to Launch Your Career During a Pandemic

Posted on May 28, 2020

Businesses across the state of South Dakota are searching for candidates to fill open vacancies. This means right now is an excellent time to make plans for a new career or advancement, and Career Launch SD is here to help.

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Career Advisors (Still) Here to Help You

Posted on May 10, 2020

While South Dakotans are practicing common sense and personal responsibility to get back to normal and on the road to recovery, many people have more downtime on their hands than usual. It’s tempting to spend this extra time binging your favorite series or scrolling the web for cat videos to lift your spirits. But instead, consider using this time to reimagine your career.

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Five Benefits of GED® Completion for Career Success

Posted on April 02, 2020

Some think earning a high school diploma is the only way they can further their education or climb up the career ladder. That isn’t the case. The General Educational Development (GED®) credential is an often-forgotten route for students to take. Earning a GED credential is much more than a piece of paper. It drives students to work toward their future goals.

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Benefits of Career Exploration for High School Students

Posted on March 02, 2020

High school is an important time for personal and professional growth. It’s a time when children start to become young adults, and classes and extracurricular activities help students hone their social skills. Time moves fast in high school, that’s why student access to guidance counselors and advisors is important. Career planning now will go a long way in the future. The four years of high school are crucial for career exploration. Follow these tips to help students make the most out of their time in school.

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Internships & Job Shadowing: What You Need to Know

Posted on February 28, 2020

A student’s success relies heavily on the support and resources offered by educators, counselors and the like. Students can never be too equipped for the real world of work, and luckily there are plenty of opportunities outside the classroom for those who are interested.

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3 Tips for Helping Students Recognize Their Career Potential

Posted on January 31, 2020

Smart technology, like automation and artificial intelligence, along with the ever-growing shared economies like talent-sharing, reselling and ride-sharing businesses, are changing how the world runs. Sometimes that makes it difficult to anticipate what the future looks like for tomorrow's students.

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