WDT Computer Science students finish 2nd in competition

Awesome news! Western Dakota Tech students from Computer Science Club finished in second place during the North Central Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held at Dakota State University.

It was a two-day event where the students had to keep a network up and running while defending it from the Red Team, a group of professional network penetration testers.

The students went into the network virtually blind. They have no idea what they were getting until the competition. Once they were into the competition, they had a limited amount of time to assess and secure the system.

Congratulations to WDT Computer Science students. They did a great job!

WDT Eagle Day scheduled for March 8, 2014

Western Dakota Tech invites anyone interested in learning more about WDT and its more than 30 programs to WDT’s Eagle Day scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at WDT in Rapid City. The event begins at 10 a.m.

WDT faculty and staff will attend the event to discuss WDT’s programs, give tours of classrooms and labs and discuss how WDT programs prepare graduates for in-demand careers in South Dakota. Also during the event, Admissions, Financial Aid and others will be available to answer questions about all aspects of the WDT experience.

“WDT’s programs train students for growing career fields,” admissions director Jill Elder said. “Employers want workers with high levels of technical ability and experience, and WDT gives students those exact things.”

To continue to meet the needs of the workforce, WDT will add and expand programs set to begin in the fall 2014 semester:

  • An associate of applied science degree in Criminal Justice
  • An associate of applied science degree in HVAC/R
  • An associate of applied science degree in Surgical Technology

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 30 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction Trades, Health Services, Legal and Public Services, Manufacturing and Mechanical Trades, and Science and Technology. More than 98 percent of WDT’s most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 85 percent remain in South Dakota.

WDT faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, WDT students graduate ready to make real and immediate contributions to their employers and their communities.

Register for Eagle Day at www.wdt.edu or by contacting Admissions at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565 or admissions@wdt.edu.

WDT hosts career fair Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Western Dakota Tech’s 17th Annual Career Fair will bring local, state, and national employers to campus today, Wednesday, February 5, to interview students and discuss career and internship opportunities.

“This is a great opportunity for students to show their skills and abilities to potential employers,” Career Services Coordinator Curt Lauinger said. “Our students should be proud of all they’ve learned and accomplished. The Career Fair is their chance to prove how well prepared they are to enter the workforce.”

Forty-three companies and organizations are registered to attend the event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, in the Commons and main hallways of the Mickelson Building.

Employers will discuss full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities. “These employers are coming because they want to hire Western Dakota Tech students,” Lauinger said. “That says a lot about our students and about the education they receive here at WDT.”

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 30 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction Trades, Health Services, Legal and Public Services, Manufacturing and Mechanical Trades, and Science and Technology. More than 98 percent of WDT’s most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 85 percent remain in South Dakota.

WDT faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, WDT students graduate ready to make real and immediate contributions to their employers and their communities.

For information about WDT, contact Admissions at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565 or admissions@wdt.edu. Visit WDT on the web at www.wdt.edu.