By: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

The Brookings School District was selected for Career Launch SD, a program sponsored by the Governor’s Office and Departments of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Education.  

Career Launch SD is designed to increase student awareness about career opportunities in their communities and help meet South Dakota’s demand for a skilled workforce. Career advisers Amber Bates and Maddie Engen are DLR employees hired to work with the school district.

“Career Launch SD needs business partners to provide education and career tools to youth,” Bates said. “We’re creating partnerships to give students exposure to more work opportunities to make informed decisions about future careers.” 

Training opportunities include:

• Registered apprenticeships

• Internships and work experiences

• Job shadowing and informational interviews

• Classroom presentations

• Career and post-high fairs

“As a partner, you’ll expose your industry to youth who may not know certain fields exist,” Engen added. “You’ll raise career awareness to help youth succeed and reach their potential. You’ll build a positive reputation and hopefully gain full-time, permanent employees.”

Career advisers help businesses create work experiences, work with students on soft skills, monitor students and promote job openings. A business’s time investment can range from one hour providing an informational interview to several months providing an internship to 2,000 hours offering a registered apprenticeship.

Career Launch SD is a no-cost service. To get started and meet with a career adviser, enter your contact information at or call 691-2723.

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