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South Dakota Wins

March 13, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

South Dakota Wins

South Dakota's unemployment rate is down to 4.7 percent and there are thousands of jobs that need filling across the state.  The Governor's Office of Economic Development has started a new program called South Dakota Wins to train and recruit people for various fields with openings.

South Dakota Wins is making stops in major cities throughout the state and Tuesday, companies in Sioux Falls got the chance to hear the details. 

The South Dakota Wins program says filling future jobs in the state begins in the classroom and it's working with the Department of Education on curriculum to train future workers today.

"And there's a multitude of jobs available.  Our economy is continuing to diversify and opportunities that weren't here 10 or 15 years ago are here today- so getting our students connected to those opportunities and helping them understand what those are," Chris Maxwell from the Governor's Office of Economic Development said.

Training workers for jobs that are plentiful, like welders and machinists, is another key part of the plan.

"That pendulum of jobs going oversees is swinging back and it's coming back to places where there's a solid business climate; where there's great workers and companies can be profitable doing that work and South Dakota is a fantastic place to do it," Maxwell said.

Filling the need for rural health care workers is a big challenge. That's why the state is opening up more positions in its medical schools and offering more tuition reimbursement. 

"And then just looking at ways to educate our students about rural opportunities in the health arena," Maxwell said.

Finally, the state has partnered with Manpower Recruiters in a $5 million contract to fill a thousand jobs in the state. 

"The recruitment piece, the new South Dakotans piece has been referred to as a thousand South Dakotans at a time and frankly, that’s a drop in the bucket. There's a huge opportunity to grow.  Aberdeen has a thousand workers they need to fill that doesn't take into account the rest of the state and opportunities that are out there," Maxwell said.

Maxwell says if the SD Wins program can fill a thousand jobs that's an additional tax base of $5 to $6 million a year for the state.  South Dakota Wins will be making a presentation in Watertown next month. 

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