'SDPaSS' to spur workforce development in South Dakota

MADISON, S.D. (KSFY) - Four state organizations are joining forces to create a new workforce development program designed to benefit students and businesses in the state.

The four core partners -- Dakota State University, Southeast Technical Institute, the Sioux Falls School District and the South Dakota Department of Labor -- will collaborate with businesses to create a South Dakota Partnership for Student Success (SDPaSS).

Partners with the program said it will allow students to "earn while they learn."

"The SDPaSS is similar to a ticket on an educational journey. Students can start their journey, acquire work force relevant credentials, and then take the off ramp or stay on the journey to accumulate more credentials," DSU President Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths said.

The program will offer internships, apprenticeships. academic certificates and degrees through DSU and Southeast Tech.