Mrs. Engen and Mrs. Bates are career advisors for the Brookings School District. Their new program, Career Launch, has been established under the leadership of Governor Dennis Daugaard through Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Department of Education (DOE).
Career Launch will provide career exploration services to both middle and high school students, as well as opportunities to gain workplace experiences for high school students. Career Launch partnered with four pilot school districts in Spring 2018 (Brookings, Yankton, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls) and is expanding to even more in Fall 2018.
The goal of Career Launch is to help increase student awareness about career opportunities right here in South Dakota so students can make an educated decision about their future. The career advisors also act as a liaison between businesses and students to work towards creating a skilled workforce. They connect students with meaningful work experiences such as job shadows, industry presentations, and industry tours while also providing businesses an opportunity to invest in youth. Brookings career advisors hope to show students multiple pathways to success exist.
Mrs. Engen and Mrs. Bates will have space at both the middle and high schools. Please feel free to reach out to them with your questions and/or career needs. They look forward to meeting you!