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Riggs Seniors Job Shadow Local Businesses

The Pierre Job Service, in efforts with T.F. Riggs High School, local businesses and the Bureau of Human Resources, placed 126 high school seniors in job shadowing experiences April 3 and 4.

This is the first event to kick off Gov. Kristi Noem’s “Week of Work” partnership with local businesses and school administrators. The goal is for every 10th grade student to get out of the classroom to experience a day on the job.

“Job shadows and work experiences help young people figure out what careers they are interested in, or are not interested in,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “This has also been a great opportunity for businesses to gain exposure for their industry and a promising practice other communities can replicate.”

Students selected their top three choices after exploring occupations by career clusters. Industries ranged across electrical, financial services, healthcare, teaching, welding, mass communications, plumbing, construction and more.

“I really enjoyed going to the laboratory at Avera. I got to sit in on them drawing blood from a patient and while they were doing that, they explained to me what was all happening,” said Amy Gilkerson, a student at Riggs. “Now, I know that I want to go to Mitchell Tech and study to become a med lab tech. I would've never known for sure if it wasn't for the job shadow experience.”

These two days also allowed employers to share expectations about how to behave on the job, communicate and work well with others, show up on time and other soft skills necessary to be successful.

“This is a great experience to have students involved in,” said Jessica Carr, Georgia M. Morse middle school teacher. “There is no better authentic experience than actually being on the job site. I enjoyed visiting with my job shadow.”

Employers and industry partners interested in providing work-based learning opportunities for youth can express interest at or contact their local job service office.

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17 New Registered Apprenticeship Programs Approved

PIERRE, S.D. – Businesses receiving incentive funding last November to expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota are showing progress.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship has signed the standards for 17 new programs. Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, the apprentice receives an industry-issued, nationally recognized credential certifying occupational proficiency.

“Apprenticeships give students the chance to step outside the classroom and put knowledge to work,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “I’m thrilled to see South Dakota businesses expanding opportunities that bolster workforce needs and expose young people to indemand jobs.”

“A Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to build a quality workforce with the exact skills they need.”

Despite myths apprenticeships are only in the trades occupations, opportunities are available in thousands of industries – from construction and commercial trades to healthcare and service industries. Nationally, there is a network of over 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations.

“It’s great to see a variety of programs come together so quickly that will provide South Dakotans new opportunities,” said Secretary Hultman. “These employers have stepped up to provide their own innovative solutions to their workforce needs.”

Industry associations, higher-education institutions, organizations and other workforce intermediaries can be Registered Apprenticeship sponsors. A business can be a sponsor and manage all aspects the program, or partner with an established sponsor. For every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers receive approximately $1.47 return on investment.

Organizations and occupations approved include: •

  • Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, paramedic
  • Applied Engineering, machinist
  • Bear Butte Gardens, diversified organic vegetable farm manager
  • Dynamic Engineering, machinist
  • Howe Inc., HVAC
  • Huron Regional Medical Center, LPN
  • Independent Health Solutions, home health aide
  • Lake Area Technical Institute, welder
  • LemmonMade, Inc., all around butcher
  • LIV Hospitality, lodge manager
  • Midstates Group, web press operator
  • Paramedics Plus, paramedic
  • Regional Technical Education Center, industrial maintenance technician
  • Scott Peterson Motors, master certified automotive technician • Select Construction, carpenter
  • Sturgis Brewing Company, professional brewer
  • Yankton EMS, paramedic

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