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. Programs are 18 credits on average but vary by program and by school.
South Dakota’s four technical colleges offer a range of programs for the fall semester:
No. It depends on the program. Some certificates are offered in-person, hybrid, or all online. Please contact the technical college offering the certificate program for details.
Enrollments have begun.
DLR will take referrals from the technical colleges until Tuesday, Aug. 17.
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.
Most programs are completed over two semesters, but some can be completed in one semester.
After someone applies and is accepted by the technical college, they will work with a DLR staff member to confirm eligibility for UpSkill financial assistance.
Participants must be authorized to work in the United States, reside in South Dakota, and must score a 235 or higher on the ACCUPLACER® as determined by the technical college.
DLR will determine eligibility in alignment with the following:
Applying for UpSkill is free.
Email UpSkill@state.sd.us or contact the technical colleges’ Admissions Offices