Thank you for your interest in participating in the South Dakota Week of Work, a valuable time for 10th graders to explore
career opportunities in their communities. Business and industry leaders from across the state will offer job shadows,
business tours, and guest speakers.

  • Schools will be able to participate in the South Dakota Week of Work in a variety of ways:

    1. Job shadows – Consider helping an animal lover schedule a shadow with the local veterinarian.
    2. Business tours – Perhaps your school’s Introduction to Business class could tour the local bank or credit union.
    3. Host guest speakers – A local farmer or rancher might welcome the opportunity to speak to animal science or horticulture classes.
    4. Celebrate success – Does your school already have robust work-based learning programs in place? Use this special week to celebrate! Plan a pep rally to recognize Build Dakota scholars or students who’ve completed internships. Host a “signing day” for seniors to announce their chosen career path and how they chose it. Have students present to classmates about their work-based learning experiences.
  • In fall 2019, initial registration efforts will focus on recruiting businesses to offer career exploration opportunities.

    1. Identify a South Dakota Week of Work contact in your school/district.
    2. Make plans to attend one of the fall training events the South Dakota Department of Education will host with more information about the South Dakota Week of Work.
    3. The department will ask schools to complete a survey in fall 2019 indicating whether they plan to participate in the week.
    4. Schools are encouraged to have their 10th graders complete the Career Matchmaker via SDMyLife in the fall.
    5. Schools will be able to register their students in the Week of Work matching system sometime after Jan. 1, 2020.