Marcia Hultman

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SD UpSkill

SD UpSkill is a partnership between the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) that provides funding for eligible individuals to attend a certificate program at one of the state’s four technical colleges. Enrollment in this program comes with excellent case management and the full array of services DLR offers job seekers. Spring 2022 enrollment is open through Dec. 30.

Overview and FAQs

Getting started

1. All applications begin at the technical colleges. Individuals who are interested in participating should contact the technical college offering the certificate program they wish to pursue.

SD UpSkill Spring 2022 Certificates

Technical College and Contact Info Cluster Certificate
Lake Area Technical College
Health Science Community Health Worker
Emergency Medical Technician
Manufacturing Welding
Transportation Commercial Driver's License
Mitchell Technical College
Health Science Dietary Management
Medical Information
Southeast Technical College
Health Science Medical Assisting
Information Technology Computer Support
Web Programming
Western Dakota Technical College
Health Science EMT/Pre-Paramedic

2. After someone applies and is accepted by the technical college, the college will send a referral to DLR. DLR will reach out to schedule an intake meeting to determine eligibility for funding.

For Spring 2022, DLR IS ACCEPTING REFERRALS FROM TECHNICAL COLLEGES THROUGH THURSDAY, DEC. 30. Individuals are eligible to apply to the technical college and DLR at any point for consideration of financial assistance for future semesters.


Eligibility for funding

Participants must be authorized to work in the United States, reside in South Dakota, must score a 235 or higher on the ACCUPLACER® as determined by the technical college, and meet DLR's eligibility requirements for financial assistance.

DLR will determine eligibility in alignment with the following:

  • Eligibility as identified in Occupational Skill Training Policy 5.27
  • Categories 1-6 in the Priority of Services Chart in Eligibility and Priority of Service Policy 4.1 have been expanded to include:
    • Single Parent
    • Long Term Unemployed
    • Native American/Hawaiian Native/Alaska Native
    • 55 and older
    • Homeless
    • Substance Abuse
    • Underemployed
    • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker
    • English Language Learners
    • Within two years of exhausting TANF
    • Veterans and Eligible Spouses who are NOT included in the priority groups 1 or 3
    • Displaced Homemaker (Displaced Homemaker will be served under the Dislocated Worker Program)
  • WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker
  • WIOA Title I National Dislocated Worker
  • WIOA Title I Youth