Career Preparation

Below is a list of the primary services we offer. To learn more about our Career Preparation services, contact us at (605) 394-5120.

Career Counseling

  • A process to better understand yourself and the world of work
  • Learn knowledge and skills to make career, educational, and life decisions now and in the future

Vocational Assessment Services

  • Assists individuals in making vocational choices, whether just entering employment or needing a career change
  • Testing offered at the CLC in Rapid City or in various locations in surrounding Black Hills communities
  • Assessments typically include informational interviews, observation, paper-and-pencil or computerized assessments, and hands-on demonstrations
  • Tests and surveys may include abilities (academic or psychomotor), interests, and work values/temperaments
  • Report with testing results/recommendations included
  • Optional career counseling and exploration offered
  • Evaluations may be customized to integrate more comprehensive tests, job shadowing, or other exploratory activities as needed

Pre-Employment Services

  • Resume development
  • Interviewing techniques

Professional Resume Development

  • Highlight your employment, education, volunteer experience and personal qualities
  • Develop a professional resume, cover letter, and thank you response
  • CLC staff work together with you to develop a resume that represents you in the most positive manner possible
  • Cost:  $125.00

Interviewing Techniques

  • Learn interviewing skills to make a great first impression
  • Career counselors at the CLC will help you set yourself apart
  • Cost:  $35/hour

Additonal Programs

Below are additional programs offered that may help you with your career preparation.

Project Skills

  • Provides Paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota
  • Cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and the local school districts
  • Provides students the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements, with the assistance of a job coach.
  • Project Skills will help to build the student’s work history, references and help them move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges.

For information on Project Skills, contact Kim Scott: 605-394-5120.

Benefits Specialist

The South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network assists Social Security beneficiaries with transitioning from dependence on public benefits to paid employment and greater financial independence.

Benefits Specialists provide Social Security beneficiaries with accurate and complete information about how employment will impact their public benefits, such as: SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, housing assistance, etc.

Benefits Specialists also support Social Security beneficiaries in their efforts to obtain, retain, or enhance employment. Ask a question on our South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network Facebook page.

To make an appointment with a Benefits Specialist, call 1-800-224-5336.

Project SEARCH

A unique school-to-work program for young people with disabilities:

  • Business-led
  • One-year
  • Takes place entirely at the workplace

South Dakota Project SEARCH locations: