Early career spotlight: One student's journey to become a physician's assistant

Makenzie Haensel is no stranger to challenging, new adventures, and she’s about to embark upon one such opportunity yet again.

This fall, Haensel, 23, is one of 26 students who will pursue a physician assistant, or PA, degree at the University of South Dakota, a highly competitive program that routinely admits approximately 26 students per year, which amounts to accepting just 2.5 percent of applicants. With a 16.9 percent population increase in Sioux Falls since 2010, Makenzie’s chosen career path is also critical to the area’s growth, as hospitals are increasing care for more patients.


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Your Future STEM career exploration program crucial for middle school students

Middle school students are at a prime age for career exploration, researchers have found. According to the National Science Teachers Association, students ages 11-14 are more open to exploring the world around them, and thus, they are excited to learn about career fields that they may not have initially considered. The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has recently stepped in to address these eager students with their Your Future initiative.


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USF evolves approach to fit changing workforce needs

As the University of Sioux Falls class of 2019 received its diplomas this month, the school’s president, Brett Bradfield, knows each person could migrate out of his or her field seven or eight times during the career ahead.

Preparing students for that unpredictable future means continually honing the education provided and increasingly working closely with industry to connect and equip students for the workplace.


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Talent Tour at Avera sparks interests in health care

Myrna Niamba has been intrigued by a career in health care ever since she arrived in the United States in November 2014. An immigrant from the Ivory Coast, Niamba, 22, recently completed her post-secondary studies at in biology at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, yet she’s unsure of what type of health-related career she’d like to pursue.

“As you grow older, your parents have a strong influence on what you want to do, and by the time you get your bachelor’s degree, you’re not sure what they wanted you to do is what you actually want to do,” says Niamba. “So you graduate, and you are confused and scared, and you don’t know what you can do at that very specific moment.”


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Talent and workforce team kicks off talent programming initiative to assist Sioux Falls businesses

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has started to play a little matchmaker – pairing students and their colleges with businesses interested in giving them a look inside the workplace.

The talent tours are facilitated the Development Foundation to introduce students to opportunities in growing industries such as finance, health care and advanced manufacturing.


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Five 2019 workforce trends to know now

As important as it is to understand viable career paths for talent and workforce, it’s also essential to understand the talent and workforce landscape today. What trends will contribute to our workforce success within the Sioux Falls region in winning the competitive war?  Is there any truth to saying that “Home is Where the Heart is,” and, thereby, do our college graduates desire to build careers close to their families? Do we really understand what today’s talent wants and expects from the modern workplace?

As part of our efforts to implement the year three goals of the Forward Sioux Falls Strategic Workforce Action Agenda, it is important to stress what we know about talent and workforce today.


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