Sioux Falls Development Foundation Articles


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

Kurt Loudenback knows what it’s like to have to hire dozens of people to keep a business growing. That’s what success has meant for Grand Prairie Foods, the company he and his wife, Valerie, have grown into a national provider of food products to the hospitality industry. About a year ago, there were 150 employees. Now, that number has grown to more than 200.


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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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High school students immerse in IT with unique summer academy

Sioux Falls-area high school students got an early look this summer at what careers in the information technology field could look like, thanks to a unique program with a lot of partners.

The IT Academy was funded by a federal EPSCoR grant, which is through the National Science Foundation and stands for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

For about six weeks, high school students attended class for three hours daily Monday through Thursday in Sioux Falls or Madison, as Dakota State Unviersity instructors taught computer science.

In the afternoon, the students went to paid internships throughout the community and even statewide, where they learned about career opportunities and got to contribute work to their employers.


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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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