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 BRIDGES Employment Resource Center





Location: Active Generations, 2300 West 46th Street, Sioux Falls


August 19, 2014  “Getting Ready – Job Search 101”

 This workshop will cover the basic elements of successfully completing a job search.  Everything you need to know to help you get a job.


August 20, 2014 “Resumes and Interview Skills”


The first hour will cover what employers like to see in a professional resume.  The second hour will offer practical suggestions to improve your interviewing skills.


August 21, 2014 “Speed Practice Interviews”


Participants will get to practice interviewing using their “30 Second Commercial” with actual recruiters and human resource people in the area.


1:00 - 3:00 PM


This three part series is designed to help participants prepare to network with employers at the Boomer Job Fair.



Active Generations, 2300 W. 46th St. Sioux Falls

                                               Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:00 am to Noon                                               


                        Sioux Falls Employer offers education Benefit.... 



Prioritizing Your Job Needs



What's New

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law

President Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act July 22, 2014. Secretary Perez (far left) witnesses the signing. (Official White House). Click for a larger photo.

President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and congressional and workforce leaders came together on July 22 as the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The signing came after the bill's passage in Congress with strong bipartisan majorities in both houses. The new law marks the first major update to federal job training programs in more than 15 years and will help to streamline and coordinate workforce and adult education programs at the federal, state and local levels. That same day, Vice President Biden released his report, "Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity," which lays out specific actions the administration is taking to ensure federal investments in skills training are leading people toward good jobs. Many of the principles in the report were incorporated into WIOA, and those principles will serve as the foundation for future job training investments. Perez thanked several thousand stakeholders in the workforce development communities the next day for their work leading to the development of the law and acknowledged the important work ahead to effectively implement it. On July 24, Perez joined Obama on a visit to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to discuss how WIOA will expand the role of community colleges in preparing workers for in-demand jobs.

Read the Blog Post
Learn About WIOA
Learn About Job-Driven Training


Social Security Administration Publishes Disability Awareness Initiative

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has newly published their disability education and awareness initiative, "The Faces and Facts of Disability." This program integrates videos, factsheets, and quizzes to teach the public regarding what the Social Security Disability insurance is, while dispelling any fallacies about the program or what disability is about. The videos demonstrate how individuals with disabilities are able to live happy lives, fully integrated into the world of employment. Additionally, there are outreach materials, including social media content and web widgets, for groups and organizations to become more informed. To read more, visit:

Honesty Really is the Best Policy


Cultivating Compliance: With summer comes the hard work of farming, and Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil provides an overview of new resources to help agricultural employers and workers better understand their responsibilities and rights under the law.

 Learn more at:  http://social.dol.gov/blog/cultivating-compliance/

A new video and a new booklet for employers provide simple and comprehensive information on the laws and requirements governing agricultural employment, covering topics including wages, housing, transportation and field sanitation.

SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
iPad/iPhone Training
Saturday, July 19, 2014 &/or August 16, 2014
 9:30 a.m. – noon

Do you want to learn how to setup and use the feature VoiceOver, a speech program for the iPhone/iPad? If so, sign-up for one or two Saturday classes! The next two monthly computer classes at SDRC will be for people who want to learn how to use VoiceOver.

Where: SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
 2900 West 11th Street, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, SD 
 Courses are provided by South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and are open to South Dakota residents.

To learn more, click on informational flyer:    iPad Training July 19 August 16 2014.docx

Registration is required.  Please see the flyer for registration information.  





Americans looking for work shouldn't have to go through a complex administrative process or navigate multiple websites just to figure out how to get the services and training they need...It's time to modernize the system.

As the cornerstone of the American Job Center Network this site provides a single access point - open 24-7 - for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to gain skills in growing industries. This site, and the nearly 3,000 federally funded brick-and-mortar employment centers that are part of the American Job Center Network provide an easily-identifiable source for the help and services individuals and businesses need.

American Job Center is:

A product of collective thoughts and inputs from the following agencies who have pledged their commitment to making this the site for information on strengthening the American workforce. 

Check it out:  http://jobcenter.usa.gov/

A resource for business / employers / veterans / youth / job seekers







Using Public Programs to Move People Out of Poverty:

A Practical Introduction to the Work Incentives Available for

People with Disabilities


Many people with disabilities want to work, but fear losing access to critical programs like Social Security or health care under Medicaid and Medicare. This training is designed to dispel myths about working and disability programs.


Learn more about how:

  • Social Security eligibility process works;

  • Income from employment impacts continued eligibility for cash assistance from Social Security, health insurance from Medicare and/or Medicaid, and other public health programs;

  • Recognize key Social Security Administration work incentives and how they can be utilized to support individuals with disabilities in employment;

  • Obtain a “conversational knowledge” of the impact of employment on public benefits and how best to communicate these concepts to beneficiaries to support them in employment;

  • Identify and direct to programs providing benefits counseling services such as the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network.

To learn more - read the full write up:  Training Flyer 2014.pdf

Application for training: 2014 Application.pdf

  Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

Flexible work environments and fostering a culture of inclusion can help employers take advantage of the skills and talents people with disabilities have to offer, writes Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez

Read more at:  http://social.dol.gov/blog/fostering-a-culture-of-inclusion/ 




2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy chose this year’s theme by holding a national online dialogue for which hundreds of people registered to send in their ideas.

Do you have questions about other issues such as where to get help with your job search, how working may affect your Social Security disability benefits, employment programs for Veterans or where to get help writing your resume? Read Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment for information on these and many other employment-related topics.Bookmark and Share

Basic Budgeting Class
Offered through Pierre Area Referral Service (PARS)

Learn MORE about your money, benefits and how to stretch your dollars.  You will get individualized help to set up a budget and to learn how to make your money or benefits work for you.  

You can register by calling PARS at 224-8731. 

Class includes:
transportation (if needed) to class and back home.

Dinner and babysitting (if needed)
Incentives for completing all three classes!
Upcoming Job Fairs
Possibly in your area - go to South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology to see
a listing of upcoming job fairs:

  A Resource to Businesses and Employers in the Sioux Falls area...

Business Resource Network - provides businesses with education, awareness and resources to promote the
successful employment of people with disabilities. 

You can learn more about BRN by visiting their website at
or calling 605.367.5260.


If you are a person with a disability who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both? Do you wonder how employment might impact these and other benefits you currently receive?

There are benefit specialists located in Rapid City, Pierre, Yankton and Aberdeen. Benefits planning and counseling services are available for Vocational Rehabilitation consumers and former WIPA clients. Limited information and referral services are available to all other beneficiaries who want to return to work.

To access these services, call 1-800-224-5336, ext. 221.


Think Beyond the Label

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