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.

Of the more than 100 individuals enrolled, 83 are on their way to earning their certificates. Check out three of these individuals’ stories below.

Kristin Neuhardt of Rapid City was laid off in April due to COVID-19. Kristin had worked mostly in the health care field but was interested in Human Resources training. Kristin enrolled at Lake Area Technical College through UpSkill and virtually received assistance with her cover letter, resume, interview skills, and financial literacy from DLR. Her determination and positive attitude led to a job offer at the Veteran's Administration. She will continue to earn an associate degree in Human Resources. 

Traci Schaubert of Sioux Falls was temporarily laid off from her retail job and now has the opportunity to balance caring for her family and earning a certificate in a field that will allow her the same flexibility. Traci completed the fall semester at Southeast Technical College for Medical Coding with a 4.0 GPA, received DLR services virtually, and is gaining experience with the South Dakota Department of Health. Going back to school and gaining experience by helping others has given Traci a renewed sense of purpose. 

Tim Chancellor of Rapid City was laid off in March and was struggling to secure employment despite his bachelor’s degree and management experience. He pursued a Web Programming Certificate with Southeast Technical College through UpSkill. Not only has he completed his first semester with a 4.0 GPA, but he was hired by Monument Health and is working full-time. Tim said DLR services helped him find a new sense of purpose and uplift his morale during his job search efforts. Meeting virtually with DLR was not only helpful, but also made him feel more connected and brought some normalcy back to his routine. Prior to gaining employment with Monument Health, he also worked for the DLR Rapid City Job Service — finding time to study, apply his new skills, and help maintain a clean area for his community members to use in their own job searches. 

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