Workforce Development

Affordable housing shortage at ‘a breaking point’

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Digging into Brookings’ affordable housing shortage brought to light a bunch of things for Councilor Patty Bacon. She presented the findings of the Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force to the Brookings City Council this week. The Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force’s final 23-page report, dated Oct. 12, is available…

Read More

Brookings Councilor to direct new statewide tech school board

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Nick Wendell was named executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education on Wednesday, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Nick has a clear vision for making connections among students, business and industry, and the technical institutions to develop a pipeline…

Read More

New mixed-use center planned for 6th St

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register The Brookings City Council has approved a rezoning and an initial development plan, with some minor changes, for The Lofts at Park Hill. The four-story, mixed-use building will bring stores and apartments to Sixth Street at 12th Avenue. The building and its parking lot will cover about half the…

Read More

Manufacturing Week to be celebrated October 2-6

One in four Brookings County workers is employed by a manufacturing company Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett has proclaimed Oct. 2 through Oct. 6 as Brookings Manufacturing Week, acknowledging the industry’s role as a key driver of the Brookings area economy. The community is the second largest manufacturing community in the state, with the industry employing…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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’…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More