Meeting the Workforce Shortage

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $15,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the Multi-Cultural Center in Sioux Falls. Funds support expansion of their Job Skills Program.

“The Job Skills Program provides vital connections and communication between local employers and the growing communities of recent immigrants and refugees in Sioux Falls, whilst also teaching the skills necessary for people from these communities to access the Sioux Falls job market and build a successful career in the U.S.A.”, said Alasdair Selmes, Job Skills Program instructor.

“Our program is a great resource for employers seeking a more diversified work force,” said Jordan Harer, Job Skills Program instructor. “The Job Skills Program builds that bridge helping employers find new employees and helps a community that is underemployed.”

Currently, Sioux Falls is the only resettlement location in the state of South Dakota, Since starting their workforce development program in July of 2015, the Multi-Cultural Center has seen an increase in participants every year. They have placed over 520 individuals in jobs to date.

 “The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Multi-Cultural Center as they strive to meet the workforce needs of their community”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “This is a win-win situation. Employers have another pool to select much needed employees from and immigrants and refugees have the opportunity to become productive members of their new-found home.”

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital and diverse needs across the state. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

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