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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 underrepresentation 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.

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South Dakota Advocacy Services is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Client Assistance Program Director in the Pierre, SD office. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, have excellent communication skills (written and oral), be detail orientated....

Learn more about this opportunity at:  http://sdadvocacy.com/employment/


Public Input Wanted on Employment Regulations - Deadline April 20

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is asking for public comments on which equal employment regulations should be changed, expanded or eliminated. The Commission is reviewing its regulations in accordance with Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." EEOC’s review includes regulations related to employment of people with disabilities. Please email comments to Public.Comments.RegulatoryReview@eeoc.gov by April 20, 2015.


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.   



 Employment Specialist Training Coming in April & May

April 20-21 - Sioux Falls

May 5-6 - Aberdeen

May 11-12 - Rapid City

 Check it out by clicking on this link:  VR Training.pdf 





The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs   

US Department of Labor Blog 




Higher Wages is Smart for Business



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. 



 Center for Disabilities

Promoting Leadership and Engaging Communities

March 30 - April 1, 2015

Cedar Shore Resort

Symposium to bring people together - persons with disabilities, direct service providers, advocates, families of individuals with disabilities, educators, employment specialists, community support specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors and more -- and work on solving issues to enhance the lives of all South Dakotans.                    

                        To register - go to                        




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/


Goodwill in Pierre, SD 

Seeking Vocational Services Specialist


Goodwill is searching for a full-time vocational services specialist who would provide case managed job training and employment services to program participants in Pierre Goodwill, as part of our mission services.  Bachelors degree preferred.  Pays $15-17+ per hour DOQ plus benefits.   Applicants can go to our website at goodwillgreatplains.com<http://goodwillgreatplains.com>  and apply online.  Questions may be directed to Robert Walker at 605-357-6152.


 Native American Advocacy Services

Seeking Independent Living Specialist

See pdf document for more information:  jobopeningflyrwordps-2015march2 (2).pdf


Western Resources for Independent Living  

Job Announcement - Executive Director

See pdf document for more information:   Job Announcement ED.pdf



Marketing & Job Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities
March 25 - April 7, 2015

https://trn-store.com/sites/all/oldtrn/90JobDev-inst/images/marketperspective.jpgThis 2-week, 18-hour web training can be accessed on-demand from any internet-connected computer. It focuses on the key principles and hands-on tools for finding jobs for people with disabilities and other high-unemployment groups. Topics include applying marketing principles to develop a clear hiring message, creating various job seeking tools, developing business partnerships, using social web networking strategies, and more. Understand job development, networking, using incentives, responding to objections, and disclosure issues.

https://trn-store.com/sites/default/files/styles/uc_product/public/Dale-Dawn_0.jpg?itok=I8QvgVAXThe course will be taught by Dawn Langton and Dale DiLeo. Dale has provided job development seminars throughout the US, Australia and Canada, and Dawn is a marketing veteran and co-author of Get the Marketing Edge: A Job Developer's Toolkit. The instructors moderate a forum discussion, posting topics and answering questions. They also provide downloadable forms and examples.

Registration is $159 US. Group rates available. Credit cards and purchase orders accepted, but payment must be received for enrollment. Successful completers receive a certificate. Download the course log free now at:

RegisterReserve your spot now!
Registration is limited, and previous courses have all filled to capacity, so register now to be sure to have a slot. To learn more about the training and to register, go to:





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




Temporary Positions Statewide with USD Center for Disabilities

See Flyer -   click on this link:  USD Center for Disabilities Flyer.pdf 


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Internships

Brookings, Sioux Falls, Watertown 

The SD Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services currently has job openings in the Brookings, Sioux Falls and Watertown offices for Internships as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.     These internships are targeted for individuals pursuing their graduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling or other similar counseling degree.  For more information and to apply, please go to http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus, and reference Job ID #4370, 4372 and 4375 under the internships listings. These positions close on February 6, 2015. Feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested in applying for this job.  




Rural Housing - Vacancy


South Dakota has posted a vacancy announcement on USAJobs for Area Technician in Aberdeen.

Please share the link!



Job Title:Area Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Rural Housing Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-SD-2015-0377


Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Vacancy!

The SD Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services currently has a job opening in the Pierre Office for a Secretary.     For more information and to apply, please go to        http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus, and reference Job ID #4352.  Feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested in applying for this job.  


ASPIRE Project

We invite you to take a look at the ASPIRE project’s website at www.aspirewest.org


You can sign up for the monthly newsletter by going to the subscribe link. The first e-newsletter will be sent out in January. The website is updated regularly and will show the current enrollments by state and total for project. Please pass this information along to others.  


You can learn more about SD Resources and Partners - for example:  Community Living, Transportation, Understanding Your Benefits, Healthcare, Employment, Education or Assistive Technology. 


Click on the link to the website www.aspirewest.org to learn more! 




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 


Focus on Disability Inclusion

Top-level executives from leading companies like Cisco, IBM and Merck discussed innovative strategies for driving disability inclusion at the recent Diverse Abilities Leadership Summit in New York City. Hosted by global professional services firm Ernst & Young, the event drew about 50 executives, many of whose companies are federal contractors covered by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Notably, the Dec. 3 event coincided with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. They exchanged best practices in recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities. As the keynote speaker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez emphasized the clear connection between inclusion and corporate goals. "When it comes to disability employment, we are at a historic crossroads," she said. "What started as a policy-driven issue has now become a market-driven issue, or really a market-driven imperative."

Learn About Diversity and Inclusion




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 benefit specialists located in Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls 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.


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