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.

UpSkill can assist individuals who have been dislocated from their jobs due to COVID-19 by providing full tuition assistance for 24 certificate programs at South Dakota’s four technical colleges in high-demand fields, including business, health care, information technology, and manufacturing. This grant funding may be available to you if you are eligible for reemployment assistance and have lost your job through no fault of your own or were self-employed and now are unemployed due to COVID-19.

You will need access to a reliable internet connection as courses are offered online.

These credentials can open the door to a new career path or advancement in your current field. If you have been dislocated due to COVID-19 and believe a new credential could benefit you, don’t hesitate to check out the certificates available:

· Lake Area Tech: Accounting, Agriculture, Banking, Community Healthcare Worker, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical Coding, Network and Cybersecurity, and Programming

· Mitchell Tech: Dietary Management, Leadership, Medical information, and Office

· Southeast Tech: Computer Support, Java Programing, Medical Coding, Network Support, Web Programing

· Western Dakota Tech: EMT/Pre-paramedic, Phlebotomy, Plumbing

Programs begin this fall and spots are limited. To learn more and apply, visit

While you work hard to earn a new credential, Career Launch SD will be working hard to support you through your training and to assist you in meeting your employment goals. Career Launch SD is flexible and sensitive to the needs of our participants. We can help you every step of the way. If you need extra support or experience something that throws you off course, your Career Advisor will be there to help you get back on your way to finishing your credential and finding a career. If training isn’t right for you at the moment, Career Launch SD has other resources that can help you achieve your career goal now. Reach out to one of our Career Advisors to learn more.