Workforce Development

Fall Scavenger Hunt for new residents to be held Sept. 17

The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host a Fall Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. The goal of this event is to welcome residents in a fun way while providing them the opportunity to learn more about their new community. Participants will start at Café Coteau in the Children’s…

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Brookings Principal Named SDACTE Admin of the Year

By: South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education The South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education has announced Paul von Fischer, principal at Brookings High School and consortium and district director of career and technical education, as SDACTE Administrator of the Year. In the time that he has been in his present position,…

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SD Governor Launches Initiative on Workforce

By: James Nord, The Associated Press Difficulty finding qualified employees is a major constraint on business growth nationwide, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Thursday while launching a multi-state workforce development initiative meant to help address the issue. The South Dakota Republican chose workforce as the central policy focus of his year-long chairmanship of the Western Governors’…

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Lake Area Tech and South Dakota State University Announce Partnership

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications Lake Area Technical Institute, recipient of the national Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and South Dakota State University, South Dakota’s 1862 land-grant university, are pleased to co-announce the Opening Doors Initiative. The initiative is a commitment to expand access to higher education for all South Dakotans by simplifying the…

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Coding Bootcamp for Girls at SDSU

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register There’s a push to get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and that’s exactly what Code Bootcamp at South Dakota State University is doing by offering all-girls camps on how to write video games. “It’s good that we offer these programs to have them be able…

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Tools to Assist Employers

By: Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development When we meet with regional employers and HR professionals, we are looking to find out what challenges they are experiencing, what is working well and what their hiring needs are. From there, we determine how Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) can help, what tools we can provide,…

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Workforce Conference to be held in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the Brookings Area Workforce Conference will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Swiftel Center. As the lead entity for economic development in the region, workforce development is a significant priority for BEDC. This conference seeks to address issues…

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City-Wide Scavenger Hunt to be held June 10

By Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director The newcomer program, Beyond Connections, is hosting a unique ‘Welcome to Brookings’ event with a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal of the event is for new residents and community members to learn more about Brookings and network with others. Participants…

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Building his future: local senior awarded Build Dakota Scholarship

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register With school done and college in their sights, high school seniors have been busy preparing for the next big step in their young lives. Ethan Ness is no different in that regard as he readies himself for this fall, when he’ll begin classes at Mitchell Technical Institute after graduating…

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