Since its inception over 125 years ago, Globe University has been dedicated to its mission of providing “relevant, real-world training … to ensure our graduates are prepared to succeed and lead in the workforce.” Recently, the City of Sioux Falls has seen the value in such education and is putting their money where their mouth is.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is fortunate to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. To compound this statistic, the City is continuing to expand its businesses and industries which means capable workers are in high demand to fill a significant number of openings.
Yet, what research conducted by both Globe University and the City of Sioux Falls yielded was that employers are experiencing increasing difficulties finding competent talent to fill those positions.
Enter the City Council. As part of the 2015 budget process, the City Council included $500,000 to support workforce development efforts within the community.
According to Michelle Erpenbach, city councilor, Central District, “Like so many others, we were tired of complaining that more could be done to improve workforce development efforts. This fund represents our commitment to put our money where our mouth is and support local businesses, educational programs and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation in their efforts to attract, train and retain good employees.”
And fund they did. After the selection committee headed by Darrin Smith, director of community development, poring over 38 applications from local institutions totally $1,932,715, they narrowed the pile to 10 qualified candidates. All 10 of those organizations were invited to present their ideas to the committee and answer a number of questions.
Of the 10 applications, eight so far have been granted funding. We are proud to announce that Globe University-Sioux Falls was awarded the full $100,000 amount requested in the proposal to spearhead individualized training programs for businesses that incorporate on-the-job and academic training. The excitement for implementation and recognition of all the hard work that has been channeled into this project since December 2014 currently rings across the campus.
Campus Director Aimee Miritello echoes this sentiment.
“The current issues with workforce development in Sioux Falls is not a city issue, or a business issue, it is a community issue,” Aimee said. “The only way to tackle this is a collaborative effort from all areas, and that is just what we are doing. I am proud to be a part of a community that is willing to take a risk to come together for a common cause.”