South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday announced a program to offer training at the state’s technical colleges for people who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor described the program, called UpSkill, as a pathway to “a new career path as we get back to normal.” The program will…

Read More

For those looking to expand one’s knowledge or gain an edge in the job market by earning a certificate, South Dakota State University might be the place to be. SDSU was recently ranked No. 26 by Learn.org for Best Online Certificate Programs. Online certificate programs are designed to specialize students in one field of study,…

Read More
Brookings Economic Development Corporation

BEDC unites local businesses and educational partners through work-based learning initiatives This fall, Brookings High School (BHS) is transitioning to the Career Pathways learning model to help students explore and experience future careers and provide increased opportunities to be engaged in the community. Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is supporting this initiative through a new…

Read More

Editor’s note: An incorrect grant program was listed as a potential funding source for the district. The program listed has been corrected the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The program is through the CARES Act.  BROOKINGS – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties and unknowns for the Brookings School District, even as administrators work on…

Read More

Brookings residents on Friday gathered for the community’s first public celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The date marks the freeing of enslaved African-Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln had instituted the Emancipation Proclamation. The Civil War ended in…

Read More

Downtown Brookings director paints storefront windows  Courtesy photo: Ashley Biggar gives some finishing strokes to a heart-filled mural on the window at Cook’s Kitchen in downtown Brookings. She puts a “World of Hearts” in each of the window murals she paints downtown and at other places around Brookings. In a few weeks, she will paint…

Read More

The Brookings School Board and district administrators on Monday discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local students, teachers and parents, mostly related to remote learning.  The school board discussed how certain areas of remote learning could be improved, based upon surveys. Officials are also looking ahead to the fall, but no decision on…

Read More

Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of the South Dakota News Watch story that appeared in the June 9 edition of The Brookings Register. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of fairs, festivals and other events in South Dakota in 2020 that typically provide a significant revenue boost and foster community cohesiveness…

Read More

BROOKINGS – Members of the Brookings community will gather for the Justice for Black Lives demonstration at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5.  Starting at the courthouse green on Sixth Avenue, the group will peacefully march on Fifth Avenue to Fifth Street, proceed south on Main Avenue to Fourth Street, west to Third Avenue, south to…

Read More