Jackie Hendry

LifeScape—a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities—is leasing more than 30 acres from the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls. The site will serve as LifeScape’s new hospital, school and rehab facility.

USD and LifeScape leaders expect the partnership to advance research and fill workforce needs in disability care.

CEO Steve Watkins points to a picture of children with polio breaking ground for the current LifeScape hospital back in 1948. He says specialized care isn’t the only thing that’s changed since then.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 16, 2018 Show 379 Hour 2

In a tight labor market, bridging the gap between business leaders and an emerging workforce becomes vital to economic growth and sustainability.

Concious Youth Solutions presents the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Thursday, July 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at the Holiday Inn City Center in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment hosted a panel of guests to preview the upcoming conference.

Goi Yol is an independent consultant and member of Sioux Falls Mayor Paul Ten Haken's transition leadership team.

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

University Sioux Falls officials say their school can fill a void left when a community college closed. USF is preparing to launch a program aimed at helping people learn English so they can go to college or become skilled workers. A program that used to help those students ended earlier this year. Now USF leaders say they’re resurrecting the opportunity.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The conversations of Dakota Midday on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 are woven together with an economics thread.

Workforce initiatives can't rely on the quality of jobs in South Dakota if they want to attract people from other regions. Research shows the way younger people choose careers is different than you might expect. J. Mac Holladay is the founder and CEO of Market Street Services based in Atlanta, Georgia. He explains why place may matter more than a certain kind of employment.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A coalition of Sioux Falls area leaders is setting priorities for workforce. Business, education, government, and community stakeholders are applying national and local economic data to develop a plan for sustainability. 

Forward Sioux Falls and a company called Market Street services collected data for six months. The information spans across platforms: innovation, economic performance, workforce capacity, quality of life, business environment, labor market, public education, technical programs and higher ed.

Ability For Hire / SD Department of Human Services

A state agency is launching a campaign aimed at connecting people with disabilities to employers. It’s called Ability for Hire, and leaders say it can benefit both workers and businesses.

Department of Human Services Secretary Gloria Pearson says the new Ability for Hire campaign is part of ongoing work to support South Dakotans with disabilities.

Pearson says people with disabilities are an untapped resource for businesses looking to hire quality employees – especially in an environment with low unemployment.

The City of Sioux Falls is unveiling a new campaign to attract workers to job openings. It’s complete with a website to collect all local career opportunities – from business to non-profits to city government. The website is the center of a workforce recruitment effort.

"Our economy in Sioux Falls and in this region is about as red hot as it gets," Smith says. 

Governor Touts Scolarship To Fix Labor Shortage

Jan 13, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the state needs to do more to keep qualified workers in South Dakota.    The state is short on trained workers in key areas, like welders, electricians, plumbers and even teachers.   
Many workers in these fields migrate to surrounding states where wages are higher.    
Governor Daugaard says South Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.   But, he says the worker shortage makes it difficult for businesses to expand.

SD College Grads Sticking Around

Dec 4, 2014

A new report shows if you go to college in South Dakota, you’ll likely stay here after graduation.  

The South Dakota Board of Regents study shows that a majority of residents who graduate college in South Dakota stay in the state.

Dr. Daniel Palmer, with the Regents,  authored the study.   He says keeping educated young people in South Dakota is a key to ensuring the state retains a talented workforce in the future.