Workforce Training

SD Workforce Development Grant

The South Dakota Workforce Development Program is a commitment to provide education and training resources to South Dakota employers to create a well trained and skilled workforce. Using matching grants, the program funds industry-education partnerships through which customized training and short-term, job specific training is delivered. The program supports up to one-half the total cost of training with the participating companies providing a dollar for dollar cash or in-kind match for jobs that result in an after-training wage of $11.00 or more per hour.
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The program supports three types of training:
• New employee skills training for new or expanding companies.
• Current employee retraining to prevent the dislocation of the trainees and to make the company more competitive.
• Current employee upgrade training that results in promotional opportunities for the trainee and causes vacated positions that can be filled from the outside.

For more information contact:
Ann Gesick-Johnson, Workforce Development Coordinator
Governors Office of Economic Development
Phone: 605-367-5340

Dakota Seeds

The Dakota Seeds program was designed to help encourage businesses create student internships in the state of South Dakota. The program provides funding which covers up to one-half of the position’s wages with a maximum of $2,000 for undergraduate student internships, and $8,000 annually for Masters Degree Assistantships. Internships are short-term positions, typically lasting for the summer or semester. Positions must have a link to science, technology (computer science), engineering or mathematics. This may be accomplished through the nature of the business, the project or the position. To learn more about this program and to download and application click here.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), housed on the Black Hills State University campus, the SD CEO, Women’s Business Center, provides comprehensive training, education and business assistance, support and counseling for aspiring and established entrepreneurs in South Dakota.

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