Workforce development priorities focus on drawing talent, educating for future needs

USF evolves approach to fit changing workforce needs

Your Future STEM career exploration program crucial for middle school students

Talent Tour at Avera sparks interests in health care


Student researchers can connect with career opportunities at upcoming event

As many as 200 undergraduate students are spending their summer immersed in STEM-related research in South Dakota, and soon they will be in front of business leaders who could go on to hire them.

The research work is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, including the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, and Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, as well as the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, or SD BRIN.


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Amazon to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce

U.S. companies are increasingly paying up to retrain workers as new technologies transform the workplace and companies struggle to recruit talent in one of the hottest job markets in decades.

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.50% is the latest example of a large employer committing to help its workers gain new skills. The online retailer said Thursday it plans to spend $700 million over about six years to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce as automation, machine learning and other technology upends the way many of its employees do their jobs.

Companies as varied as AT&T Inc., Walmart Inc., WMT 0.33% JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Accenture ACN -0.45% PLC have embarked on efforts to prepare workers for new roles. At a time of historically low unemployment, coupled with rapid digital transformation that requires high-tech job skills, more U.S. companies said they want to help their employees transition to new positions—and they have their bottom line squarely in focus.


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Minnesota Viking C.J. Ham: What connects me to Sioux Falls

Before he was a Minnesota Viking, C.J. Ham was an Augustana Viking.

He credits the education and experience he enjoyed at Augustana University for helping him in his career, preparing him for his future and keeping him connected to Sioux Falls.


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Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Recruitment Council offers valuable insight to business community

It’s probably the one topic that can easily draw dozens of executive leaders, human resource professionals and marketing experts on a Friday during the summer: talent acquisition and workforce development.

This shared priority of the Sioux Falls business community is the unifying theme for the Recruitment Council, a newly formed group organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation that meets quarterly to learn about and share best practices.

Led by Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development, and Sara Gillis, director of talent and workforce development, the group has grown to 190 members representing businesses of all sizes.

Approximately 140 people attended the most recent meeting June 21.


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Augustana, Sanford partner to meet workforce demands

Augustana and Sanford Health are close. They’re close geographically, within an easy walk or bike ride in central Sioux Falls. They’re close foundationally, as both have roots in the Lutheran faith. And they’re close professionally, working together to prepare young people for careers in health care. It’s one example of how Augustana is partnering with the business community to help meet workforce needs.

“We’re fortunate that Augustana has such a longstanding history of producing very high-quality graduates,” said Diana Vanderwoude, Sanford’s senior executive director with human resources.

“We have regular engagement with Augustana about what our workforce needs are, looking at what the hot jobs are and the types of programs they might consider starting based on our workforce needs.”


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Guzzetta delivers keynote, builds relationships with college career influencers

Career counselors serve an important role in developing students’ career interests and job placement after college, and the South Dakota Association of College Career Counselors (SDACCC) regard this role as vital to student success. To ensure that all career counselors are working together for the betterment the workforce as a whole, the nearly 20 member educational institutions of SDACCC meet regularly to share best practices and to strategize how to best serve the students that they represent.

At their spring conference on May 29-31, SDACCC invited Denise Guzzetta, Vice President of Talent and Workforce Development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, to serve as the keynote speaker.


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