Serving 65 students from approximately 15 countries, the new Bridges Program is experiencing solid success in its first year of operation at the University of Sioux Falls.

As part of the University of Sioux Falls’ and Kilian Community College’s historic agreement, USF assumed ownership of Kilian’s Bridges program in 2016, and on October 2nd, the first official classes began at USF. The program currently teaches English on an advanced level to students who want to pursue a higher degree. By perpetuating Kilian’s mission and continuing the program, USF has filled a void in the community and reopened opportunities for students.

“Our university is dedicated to a vibrant future where every member of our campus thrives,” said USF President Brett Bradfield. “The Bridges Program is a win-win for the Sioux Falls community. It helps students further their education to find meaningful employment and improve their lives, and it provides employers in the Sioux Falls community with a highly productive and qualified workforce.”

Bridges Program Director Randy Nelson, who is also Director of International Education at USF, said the community also benefits when these students are able to share the richness of their lives and their respective cultures.

“The Bridges Program is tremendously important,” Dr. Nelson said.  “Embracing USF’s Culture for Service motto, Bridges quite simply helps people by offering them an affordable opportunity to learn critical skills.”

While the program is very much in line with USF’s mission, it is also filling an important need for the area workforce. With Sioux Falls area employment at a low 2.5 percent, programs such as this help feed and grow the region’s workforce pipeline.

In addition to celebrating the Bridges Program success, USF also cut the ribbon on its newly renamed Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center. The center emphasizes USF’s dedication to students from all walks of life by, among other things, providing students with free services in support of their academic and personal goals.

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