The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce September Membership Mixer was co-hosted by LSS and Kilian Community College. More than 250 Chamber members enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon filled with food, drink and the music of the Hegg Brothers.
More importantly, they heard an important message from Betty Oldenkamp, President/CEO of LSS, and Mark Millage, President of Kilian Community College, about a new strategic alliance between the two organizations to provide expanded workforce development in the Sioux Falls community.
Workforce development is a significant issue for the Sioux Falls business community as many businesses struggle to find qualified people to fill open positions. At the same time, many people struggle to find a job because they lack the skills necessary for employment. Working together, LSS and Kilian Community College can help meet the needs of both.
Kilian Community College was founded in the 1970s for adult or non-traditional learners who needed additional skills and education for employment. They have a strong record of success in helping these individuals. LSS also helps prepare people for employment through programs such as the Center for New Americans, in-school mentoring and USucceed.
Kilian Community College approached LSS last summer about partnering in various programs to use the skills and strengths of both organizations to better meet the challenges of workforce development in our community. Those discussions led to the message delivered by Betty and Mark at the Chamber Mixer.
There will be more exciting news about this strategic alliance in the weeks and months ahead…stay tuned!
Bill Peterson, Vice President, LSS Development & Foundation