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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  



For Immediate Release: Friday, December 10, 2021
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 the state’s four technical colleges. The deadline to apply is Dec. 30, 2021.


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 Spring 2022 semester, twelve certificates are available online, in-person and via hybrid formats. 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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