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Hosted by Governor Dennis Daugaard and the SD WINS Cabinet

The biggest constraint on South Dakota's economic growth is available labor supply.  As a local business, community or education leader, please join us as we examine the challenges and possibilities ahead.

The Summits will provide an opportunity to:
Learn about current SD WINS programs
Analyze recent demographics and workforce trends
Discuss strategies for the future

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required at http://www.southdakotawins.com/workforcesummits/ 

Regional Workforce Summits
Mitchell - Tuesday April 29
Watertown - Wednesday May 21
Brookings - Thursday May 22
Rapid City - Tuesday June 3
Aberdeen - Wednesday June 4
Sioux Falls - Tuesday June 17

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!


Job Fair For Griffin Pipe Workers In Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - An estimated 250 workers affected by the closure of Griffin Pipe in Council Bluffs will have an opportunity to find new work next week during a job fair at the Mid-America Center.

 The job fair, being sponsored by the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, will be held April 10.

 About 40 to 50 area employers, who are actively hiring, will have booths at the fair.

 Council Bluffs officials received notification last month from U.S. Pipe Holdings in Hoover, Ala., that the Griffin Pipe Products plant would be closing in early May. U.S. Pipe Holdings is a subsidiary U.S. Pipe and Foundry, Birmingham, Ala.

 U.S. Pipe acquired a majority interest in Griffin Pipe earlier this year.

FREE Job Fair - Thursday May 8th
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Goodwill Connection Center
Sioux Falls

To learn more about this event click here:  Free Job Fair Sioux Falls.pdf


Career Camps Website Launching Today 

A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state.  To learn more, go to:  http://sd.gov/careercamps/ 

SHIINE Seeks Local Volunteers

Check it out at: http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=15913 

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Media Contact:  Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094  
Young Adults Can Get Employment Services at Labor and Regulation Department
PIERRE, S.D. – As March comes to an end, many young adults are thinking about their summer plans. These plans should include a visit to their Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) local office for a wide array of valuable employment services.
“We can help young adults focus on their future career goals and how to reach them,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “I encourage high school students, college students and recent graduates to take advantage of the employment services we offer.”  
Employment specialists work one-on-one with job seekers to offer career planning, job search assistance, National Career Readiness Certification, application assistance and resume preparation.
“This summer, we are focused on getting young adults additional skills through a work experience related to their occupational goals,” said Secretary Hultman. “We can help find opportunities appropriate and beneficial to their needs.”
For eligible applicants, the comprehensive workforce training program, also known as the Workforce Investment Act, offers paid work experiences, on-the-job training, tuition assistance and much more.
If you are a young adult or know a young adult who would like to gain work experience this summer, visit www.sdjobs.org to find a DLR local office near you.

Capitol Area Job Fair - In Pierre
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To be held at:  River City Transit, 1600 E Dakota Avenue
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Dakota Radio Group and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation are teaming up to host the 3rd Capitol Area Job Fair.  The job fair is open to all area employers hiring for potential employees from temporary and seasonal positions to full-time and part-time positions.

Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce Online Job Board

The Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce is very excited to announce a new benefit to Chamber businesses: www.mobridgejobs.com a new online job board.
Executive Director Haden Merkel states, “After job service left us last year, we heard from many of you that getting the word out about open positions became much more difficult. MobridgeJobs.com is the start of a solution to this problem.”
Employers can visit the website and submit their jobs. Chamber members can submit up to 5 jobs a year for free, and for $20 thereafter. The online job board went live this week.
For more information you can contact the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-845-2387. (Story by Brian Sippert-KOLY)

To learn more, go to:   www.mobridgejobs.com

Upcoming Job Fairs
Possibly in your area - go to South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology to see
a listing of upcoming job fairs:

At the Hardware Store, Where It's Good for Business and Workers

Secretary Perez receives a warm welcome at 5th Street Ace Hardware. View the slideshow for more images and captions.

A majority of small business owners say they support an increase in the minimum wage. One supporter is Gina Schaefer, who runs a group of nine Ace Hardware stores in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. She is among those who believe that higher wages lead to employee retention and profitability, while putting more money into the hands of workers who spend it in the local economy. On Jan. 30, Secretary Perez stopped by her 5th Street store located in the Nation's Capital to tour the establishment and speak with employees, nearly all of whom earn well above the minimum wage. "As President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address, America needs a raise," Perez said. "You help American business by putting more money in people's pockets. When people have more money in their pockets, people spend more, and businesses like Ace Hardware are going to thrive." Store employee Christina Amaya stood as an example of what a fair wage can mean for worker retention. "I've worked here for five years because of the pay and benefits," she told Perez. He responded by underlining one of the strongest arguments for a minimum wage increase, saying, "When you're treated fairly in the workplace you stay longer and become a more productive employee. When an employer doesn't have to train a new worker every month it's better for business."

Read the Blog Post
View the Slideshow



Examples of Job Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Searchable Online Accommodation Resource


This series of short trainings from the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides basic information about reasonable accommodations for people with different types of disabilities, including vision and hearing, dexterity and cognitive disabilities. Simple modifications to the work environment and assistive technologies enable people with disabilities to perform their jobs, and allow employers to benefit from the skills and talents they bring to the workplace.


Please click on the link below to view the Avera Medical Minute featuring Project SEARCH on KSFY. 



Disability Employment PSA Discussion Guide Now Available

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) recently announced the availability of a discussion guide to accompany the “Because” public service announcement (PSA) distributed earlier this year.  The “Because” PSA has a simple but significant message—that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed, and parents, educators and other adults of influence in their lives should reinforce this expectation at every turn.  The new discussion guide—which comes with a DVD containing the PSA—can be used to facilitate a conversation about this important topic among adults or youth in a variety of settings. Free of charge, it is available in both English and Spanish.  Go to this link to order a copy:  http://promotions.usa.gov/odep.html#featured 



Employee Benefits Security Administration Myth Buster

Myth: Saving for retirement is an end-of-career issue.

Not true: Retirement is an important issue for all workers, regardless of what stage they're at in their careers. The average American spends 20 years in retirement, but fewer than half have calculated how much money they'll need to support themselves. The Employee Benefits Security Administration has resources for workers of all ages to estimate retirement expenses and chart a course for their future — and the earlier you start saving, the more time your money has to grow.

Review the Retirement Toolkit


Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Webcast Training Schedule (2013/2014)

JAN Webcasts are available at no cost. Gather employees together in a room for live, in-service training. Educate yourself, management, and other employees on disability etiquette, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All Webcasts begin at 2 pm eastern and are 1 hour. You must register to attend. One registration is equivalent to one login.

 Or go to this site to see archived training:  http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm


  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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