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Resources for Veterans

At a recent Housing Assistance Council forum in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Service Keith Kelly discussed federal resources available to veterans in rural settings. He also emphasized the value of the vast American Job Centers network around the country and the resources they offer veterans. Kelly also highlighted the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, which helps link unemployed veterans who have experienced homelessness with jobs. Other speakers included Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and California Rep. Sam Farr.

Learn About American Job Centers Resources at http://jobcenter.usa.gov/resources-for-veterans


Career Expo - North Sioux City

Date Thursday, May 28
Time 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CD)
Location North Sioux City Community Center, 205 Sodrac Drive, North Sioux City
Description The Department of Labor and Regulation and be hosting a Career Expo. Local employers will be there with a variety of open positions in the area. Be prepared to fill out applications and hand out resumes and references. The Career Expo is open to the public. For more information call 605.242.5445.

Black Hills Veterans' Job Fair

Date Wednesday, June 24
Time 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location Western Dakota Technical Institute, 800 Mickelson Drive, Rapid City

This free job fair puts an emphasis on hiring Guard and Reserve members, veterans, active duty military and their families. It will provide employers with access to military members and veterans who bring unique abilities and experiences to the civilian workforce. For more information, contact the Rapid City local office at 605.394.2296.


Not Defined by Disability

"My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" is the theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The nationwide initiative annually raises awareness of employment issues faced by people with disabilities and celebrates their contributions to the workplace. While October is NDEAM, announcing the theme in May helps workplaces, individuals and communities begin planning activities. "This year's theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that — people," said Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.



Skills as a Pay Equalizer

Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu and tradeswomen who have received training through the Chicago Women in Trades strike the 'Rosie the Riveter' pose following a roundtable discussion on equal pay and nontraditional occupations for women. Click for a larger photo.

Women are achieving higher levels of education and training than ever before, and many are the primary breadwinners in their families. Yet throughout America, women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. One career path that allows women's pay to catch up with men's is the trades. On April 14, Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu met with a group at Chicago Women in Trades to discuss the challenges that lead to the under representation of women in traditionally male jobs. "This is not a women's issue. It is a family issue and an American issue," Lu said. "Organizations like Chicago Women in Trades play a critical role in addressing the pay gap because they help train women for higher paying, skilled jobs." Lu toured the group's facility, where he met with students like welder Cassia Castillo, who recently passed her first certification. "Welding is an important job. There is always something to learn, and I know if I work hard I will be able to take good care of my family," Castillo said. "I absolutely love it."


SiouxFallsHasJobs.com: Find Yours Today!

City Launches Workforce Recruitment Campaign

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Find your next job at SiouxFallsHasJobs.com. That’s the message unveiled today when City of Sioux Falls officials announced a new workforce recruitment campaign. SiouxFallsHasJobs.com is a new mobile-friendly website that directs people around the world to the more than 2,000 open jobs in Sioux Falls.

Learn more at:



Augie Access  

The Department of Human Services is pleased to be one of the sponsors for a new program called Augie Access.  Augie Access is a post-secondary education pilot program for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.   Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are encouraged apply and participate in this new program.  More information and the application can be found at www.augie.edu/augieaccess.                        



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SD Medicaid Website Addresses Change

 The Department of Social Services website, http://dss.sd.gov, has changed. Please be aware that some bookmarks for previous South Dakota Medicaid site may have moved.
Here are the new web addresses for some of the most frequently accessed portions of the website:

Medicaid Provider: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/
Fee Schedules: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/feeschedules/
Frequently Asked Questions: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/generalinfo/faq.aspx
Health Homes: http://dss.sd.gov/healthhome/

Provider Billing and HIPAA Manuals: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/billingmanuals/

Prior Authorization Criteria: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/pa/
Provider Enrollment: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/becomeprovider/
Provider Communication: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/communication.aspx
SDMEDX Login: http://dss.sd.gov/sdmedx/login/login.aspx



Introducing the Redesigned Ticket to Work Website

A photo of a smartphone showing the Ticket to Work website.
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It’s Job Fair Season at the

Department of Labor and Regulation

 PIERRE, S.D. – With spring time approaching, many employers have positions to fill and are looking for skilled, qualified workers. To meet the demands of both employers and job seekers, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) local offices will be hosting job fairs over the coming months. . . . . .read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17305

For a list of job fairs scheduled throughout the state and more job fair tips, visit http://dlr.sd.gov/jobseekerservices/jobfairs.aspx, or talk to a workforce expert at a DLR local office. 




O*NET® Career Exploration Tools

The O*NETTM team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition. The assessment instruments, which are based on a "whole-person" concept, include:

  • O*NET Ability Profiler
  • O*NET Interest Profiler
  • O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler
  • O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form
  • O*NET Work Importance Locator
  • O*NET Work Importance Profiler

Check it out at:     http://www.onetcenter.org/tools.html


Registration for Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE)

Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your

Social Security benefits?

If you are interested in learning about the Ticket to Work Program or Work Incentives, you can attend a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) online webinar.

WISE webinars are online events held for beneficiaries to learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. To learn more - or to register - go to the website:  https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/




The first ASPIRE monthly newsletter was published on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  If you would like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, please subscribe to our listserv!  Visit www.aspirewest.org and select “Subscribe” on the menu.  While there, be sure to explore the website and learn more!


If you know youth or families who may be interested in ASPIRE (youth ages 14 to 16 who receive SSI), pass along the website link to them.


South Dakota ASPIRE has enrolled 54 youth. We are currently recruiting and enrolling in these areas-Aberdeen, Milbank, Sisseton, Groton, Lake Traverse Reservation, Watertown, Brookings, Pierre and Crow Creek Reservation. Total enrollments for the ASPIRE Project is approximately 210 enrollees.



Social Security Expanding Field Office Hours Nationwide

Starting March 16, 2015, Social Security Administration field offices around the country will stay open for an extra hour every weekday except Wednesday. However, many Social Security matters don't even require a visit to a field office. You can apply for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits online or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to talk with a representative. Find your local field office.


Students Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success

PIERRE, S.D. – With the help of a prestigious $3.6 million federal grant, South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has developed the South Dakota Jump Start program. This program intends to serve 900 Native American and low-income students, helping them succeed in college by providing an affordable academic “jump start.”

 South Dakota Jump Start students are currently being identified for the next academic year. Eligible individuals include Native American and low-income students who have graduated from a South Dakota high school and want to attend college for the first time.

To learn more go to:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17217


Program to Provide Post-Secondary Education for Young Adults with Disabilities

PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has established a program offering post-secondary education to young adults with disabilities in South Dakota.

DHS issued a request for proposals from institutions with the ability to implement a three-year pilot program at a college, university or technical institute that would grant access to a menu of courses and provide work opportunities. Augustana College was awarded the contract.

Read More at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17032 



Assistive Technology Training Available

for South Dakotans who are Blind or Visually Impaired

 The Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering training to access mobile devices and personal computers for South Dakota citizens with vision loss.  The instruction will address built in accessibility options for those with low vision or who are blind.  The training is free to adults and high school students with vision loss.  No devices, applications or software will be purchased through the program and training is individualized with up to five hours of instruction per program participant.  For more information contact any Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired office http://dhs.sd.gov/sbvi/address.aspx or contact the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind at 605.367.5260 or call toll free: 1-800-658-5441.


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 community work incentive coordinators located in Rapid City, Pierre, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton. There is a benefits specialist located in 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.


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