Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary

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Project Skills


Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and the local school districts.

Project Skills 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.

View the Project Skills Manual - Updated October 2022 

Watch a video explaining the Project Skills Program

Student Forms

Welcome to the area of your website where you can download or print out the forms you need to maintain your Project Skills Work Experience! Just click on the form below and a window will pop up allowing you to save the form to your computer or to simply open it and print it out. As the forms are updated or revised, they will be posted here to ensure that you always have to correct form to submit.

Payroll Info

Project Skills payroll follows a pay schedule similar to the state employees payroll. There are two pay periods in every month. Your time cards need to be turned into your VR counselor for payroll processing no later than 3 days after the end of each pay period. This is very important as the time has to be entered into the system at the same time that the state employees have to enter their time. If you miss it by one day, your paycheck can be put off until the next pay period, which means about 3 more weeks of waiting for the cash you have worked for! The packet that was given to you when you enrolled in Project Skills included a payroll schedule, but if you have misplaced it, you can get a copy of it here.

The Project Skills time card needs to be completed correctly to ensure that you will get paid for the proper amount of time. Below is a chart for how time is counted. It's very important that you figure your time using the increments below. See an example of a time card that is completed correctly.

View and/or print time card increments

Teachers' Lounge

Welcome to the teacher's lounge! Here you can download and/or print out the forms you need to submit on a monthly basis. You can also get help or questions answered by sending an email to our main office and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. Our goal is to make this program as efficient as possible. You can also contact the VR counselor that you normally work with. To download or print the form you would like, just click on the form name below. The files will open up in Word Document format for your convenience.


If you have suggestions for any other forms you would like to have access to, please email us and we will be happy to try and accommodate you!

For more information about the Project Skills program, please contact: