USF Bridges Program Geared Toward Immigrant, Refugee Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A local university is making strides to equip needy populations in the community to gain workforce skills.

The University of Sioux Falls Bridges Program began classes in October after Kilian Community College closed last year. The program’s classes are geared toward immigrant and refugee populations who want to improve their English and education backgrounds.

Sioux Falls resident Galane Tolla is from Ethiopia and she is utilizing the Bridges Program to improve her English.

“To communicate with society and at the work place in the future. Really more to communicate with my kids whose the first language is English,” said Tolla.

Tolla is a full-time mom and she says she has long term plans to go to college. The University’s president Brett Bradfield says 68 members are enrolled in the Bridges Program.

The university also renamed their academic success center to the Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center.

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