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Paraprofessionals could be key in closing South Dakota's teacher shortage | May 18


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On today's update...

Right now, there are hundreds of openings for education positions across the state — but the answer to the state's teacher shortage might already be sitting in South Dakota classrooms.

May is mental health awareness month, and across the state, folks are taking a breath to focus on self-care. What can we do to make sure we give our loved ones the support they need?

According to the CDC, farmers and rural residents are more susceptible to mental health issues, with a higher rate of depression, substance abuse, and completed suicide. An organization aims to curb these figures by expanding its mental health hotline service built for farmers.

For the fifth year in a row, Mitchell Technical College reported 99 percent of alumni achieved successful outcomes within six months of graduation. That comes from a survey of Mitchell Tech graduates from December 2021 to August 2022.

And more.

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."