Learning on the Job

August 7, 2019

The LSS Center for New Americans and area business Grand Prairie Foods have had a special relationship for many years now: many CNA clients and students find productive and gainful employment with this wonderful company. Grand Prairie Foods provides delicious foods to nearly any industry and works with food leaders all over the world.

Learning on the Job

Two students hard at work learning about how to keep a positive attitude at work.

Recently, Grand Prairie Foods Owner and Vice President Val Loudenback and Education Program Coordinator Laura Smith-Hill collaborated on a way to bring more skills to Loudenback’s ELL employees; thus a 3-week class, “Bring Your A Game,” was offered to about 15 employees. The class was developed from curriculum provided by The Center for Work Ethic Development, and I was the lucky teacher who got to do this!


What a great experience! These 15 dedicated employees came an hour early to their work shift for three straight Wednesdays to learn more. We focused on skills to help them have a positive attitude at work, come to work on time and prepared each day, and realize their ambition and future goals. We watched short videos, did small and large-group discussion, and worked on vocabulary and writing skills.

Learning on the Job

Students working on ways to come to work each day on time and prepared.

The students participated wonderfully, and we all learned a lot! I was especially glad to meet 15 more valuable members of our Sioux Falls community.

Does this sound like something you’d like to implement at your business? Give Education Program Coordinator Laura Smith-Hill a call at 605-731-2000 to talk more and check out our Center for New Americans homepage!

If you are a business looking to hire good, hardworking people, post your job openings on our site by visiting our Employment Services page!

By Lindy Obach, Center for New Americans ESL Teacher

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