Southeast Tech Top 50 Best Community CollegesSoutheast Tech in collaboration with the Sioux Falls School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy Selected as Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Fund grantees to Boost Access to Jobs Among Youth in Sioux Falls
$4 million fund to support youth employment organizations across 15 U.S. cities

SIOUX FALLS, SD– The Citi Foundation recently announced that Southeast Tech in collaboration with the Sioux Falls School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy has been awarded a grant from the 2017 Youth Workforce Fund, as part of its Pathways to Progress initiative to provide youth both in the U.S. and around the world with the training and access to jobs, including paid apprenticeships and internships. In partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, 15 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. will expand their programming to provide a range of employment opportunities in areas including environmental sustainability to robotics and culinary arts to coding. Collectively, the Youth Workforce Fund is expected to reach more than 5,000 youth across the country.

Southeast Tech and CTE will collaboratively receive a grant of $250,000 to fund both an Internship Coordinator and Career Coach. The Internship Coordinator will develop workforce internships for high school students and will connect students to those internships. The Career Coach will work alongside high school counselors to provide another connection to the workforce, educating students and their parents on career options, developing soft skills, connecting students to career explorations including camps, job shadows, internships, and pre-apprenticeships, and helping students to complete short-term certificate and post-secondary training options, especially opportunities at Southeast Tech. The services will be for all students with a special focus on low-to-moderate income students and students who are at risk for not completing high school or not continuing to skilled training beyond high school. Because the grant is for youth 16-24 years of age, outreach will also include those students who have graduated high school but have not pursued skilled training options.

“This grant will allow us to connect hundreds more young people to 21st century careers,” said Bob Griggs, President of Southeast Tech. “First-hand, real world job training and experience in one of Sioux Falls growing industries will have a significant impact on the lives of our young people and contribute to the vitality of our city and its economy.”

Access to apprenticeships, internships and vocational training is essential to empowering youth and preparing them to compete in today’s economy. According to the Citi Foundation’s Global Youth Survey 2017: Economic Prospects & Expectations, 78% of young people surveyed believe that internships and apprenticeships are critical for career success; however, 60% say there aren’t enough of these opportunities.

“While there is much focus on the skills mismatch among today’s youth and the jobs available, there are a lot of community organizations across the U.S. that are changing the dynamics around youth employment in their communities,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation. “Through the Youth Workforce Fund, we’re supporting those organizations that are expanding the skills of young people, building their networks, and connecting them to jobs.”

America’s Promise Alliance, the largest coalition of youth-serving organizations across the United States, will help us promote the adoption of new ideas that arise from Youth Workforce Fund programming. “We know that for many youth there is not one straight line to success and that the more opportunities young people have to work in real-world environments, the better chance they have for future economic mobility and success” added John Gomperts, President & CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “The programs supported by the Youth Workforce Fund reflect different pathways into the workforce that are essential for helping more young people beat the odds.”

About Southeast Tech
Ranked nationally as the 7th Best 2-Year College in America by, the 13th Best Community College of 2016 by SmartAsset and 21st Best Value Community College of 2016 by Value Colleges, as well as the Best South Dakota Online Two-year College by and a designated Military Friendly school; Southeast Tech offers more than 50 career-building degrees and diplomas. Southeast Tech is located in Sioux Falls, one of America's most celebrated small cities.

Southeast Tech is one of four technical institutes in South Dakota located in Sioux Falls, SD. It exists to fulfill South Dakota’s workforce needs, educate individuals for employment opportunities, professional growth and life-long learning. Southeast Tech’s programs and services have been linked to workforce demands since its beginning in 1968 and has created more than 18,000 alumni who live, work and enrich our region’s communities. Southeast Tech began with 118 students; today enrollment exceeds 2,800. Southeast Tech is one of South Dakota's most affordable post-secondary institutions and turns out the third largest higher education graduating class in the state.

In 1968, students had five programs to choose from; today Southeast Tech has 53 programs that can be completed in 24 months or less. Southeast Tech offers Associate in Applied Science degrees (AAS) as well as diplomas and certificates and corporate training.

Southeast Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.