The Chairman’s Initiative of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will leverage the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West. The goal will be to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers to help build a more vibrant regional economy.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard hosted the first workshop of the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative on Aug. 3-4 in Sioux Falls, at which he delivered a keynote that illuminated the changing job market and encouraged more skills training. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta also delivered a keynote.
This webinar examined the wide variety of elements, from funding to policy, that play a role in implementing youth apprenticeships. Panelists also discussed strategies for expanding apprenticeship programs. Moderator: Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills at New America. Panelists: Diane Jones, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education Director, West Valley School District – Yakima, Washington; Mark Tapy, Apprenticeship Program Manager, Pinnacol Assurance. Watch the webinar, download slides
WGA's Workforce Roundup reports on Wyoming’s diversification recommendations, South Dakota's pilot program to expand work-based education experiences, apprenticeships, internships and job-shadowing in high school and more.
WGA Chair and South Dakota Gov. Daugaard shared a video update at the 2017 Winter Meeting detailing the work accomplished during the first six months of the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative.