Governor wants to improve state’s workforce

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) – Graduating from a university or technical school is important, but in the end will these graduates find a good job? That’s a question Governor Dennis Daugaard says is at the heart of improving the state’s workforce. He says 60 percent of students enrolled in liberal arts programs who get through college are either unemployed or underemployed.

He says that’s why it’s important that today’s students are trained in high-demand skills that are valued in the workplace. The Governor says a liberal arts background that helps an individual become a better person is important, but that most students are getting that now in their high school curriculum.

The Governor says it’s important students have a clear understanding when they go on to a college or technical school degree that, what they choose, will have a long-term effect on their careers.

That’s why the Governor said he’s happy to see the state’s universities and technical schools working together to develop articulation agreements allowing students to transfer credits more seamlessly. He says it’s important that all of the state’s higher education institutions are talking and working with each other so that students aren’t don’t have to repeat coursework.