Financial assistance available at USD

Financial assistance available at USD The South Dakota Workforce Development Council has approved The University of South Dakota as a training provider for eligible individuals to help increase employment, retention, earnings and occupational skills. Through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, the South Dakota Workforce Development Council approved funding for this training and certification program.

The academic degrees and certificates approved include business administration, career development � human resource development, career development � business communication, computer science, dental hygiene, health administration, nursing and MOUS, a computer certification.

Interested individuals are to contact their local Job Service. Dan Hart, the Vermillion Job Service coordinator for the WIA, said this program will replace the Job Training Partnership Act on July 1.

"We'll now be able to screen in more people," Hart said. The JTPA limited the degrees to just two-year associate's degrees, but with the WIA, students may be enrolled in four-year degrees if they have had previous schooling.

The basis for re-certification for the university will be completion rates, employment rates, wages at placement and retention rates of the participants. Currently, USD is approved from July 1, 2000 until June 30, 2001.

USD was recently notified by the South Dakota Department of Labor about the program. USD Vice President of Academic Affairs Don Dahlin contacted the deans of each of the schools for suggestions on areas that would apply. "Obviously, we have a major role in the educational needs to the students in the area. This is a good form of financial assistance for these students," Dahlin said.

Hart said the program is for dislocated workers from recent layoffs, individuals with disabilities, and those who meet income guidelines. Those who qualify will get assistance for tuition and fees for up to two years.

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