Upskill Program at Southeast Tech

Return to the Workforce after COVID-19-Related Job Loss

Southeast Technical College is working with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Board of Technical Education to offer educational funding to individuals affected by COVID-19. Eligible individuals may choose from several certificate options, take the courses tuition-free and resume their place in the workforce. The application deadline for the UpSkill program for 2020-2021 is closed.

Eligible Programs

All UpSkill certificate programs will be completed online and in less than one year. 


Medical Billing: Certified Professional Biller Certificate

Medical Coding: Certified Professional Coder Certificate

Information Technology

Computer Support Certificate   Java Programming Certificate   Web Programming Certificate


Accepted individuals must:

  • Be eligible for reemployment assistance.
  • Not be able to find the same or similar position after a COVID-19-related lay off, termination or self-employment.


UpSkill funding is provided by the Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant. DLR covers a third of the associated costs and the South Dakota Board of Technical Education covers the remaining two-thirds. An additional$600 stipend may be available to assist with textbook and supply costs for use at the Southeast Technical College Bookstore. 

Application Process

  1. Apply

    Complete the Southeast Tech application.
    • Select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
  2. Verify

    Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Representative will be in contact to verify the request and UpSkill funding. The Admissions Office will send your name and contact information to the DLR office to start the UpSkill eligibility paperwork.

  3. Official Schedule

    Then, the Admissions Office will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.

  4. DLR Determines eligibility

    DLR will determine if you are eligible for funding, and communicate this with Southeast Tech. 

  5. Billing Agreement

    Last, you and DLR will complete billing arrangements with the Southeast Tech Business Office.