Dual enrollment for high school students

If you are currently a high school sophomore or junior, you may want to consider dual enrollment at Western Dakota Tech. While you can still take high school classes and participate in high school activities, this opportunity will allow you to get a step ahead in your post high school education. This means the potential for earlier graduation, and experience in the work force. Read on for more benefits of dual enrollment courses at Western Dakota Tech.

1. Dual enrollment will give you an idea of what course work will be like in college. The academic environment is different from high school, and allows for more freedom and flexibility.

2. You may have the opportunity to take courses that are not offered in high school.

3. It will allow you to get a better feel for the area of your academic interest. For example, if you took a general healthcare class in high school, healthcare courses offered at WDT can give you more insight if you think that is the career path you wish to take.

4. Many students change their field of study at least once. By taking a couple of dual enrollment classes, you can narrow down what you would like to choose as your field of study, before having the pressure to decide upon high school graduation.

5. Perhaps the largest benefit to dual enrollment is that you may begin accumulating credits for program requirements, allowing you to take lighter course loads through your schooling, or graduate early.

6. It is cost effective. Rapid City Area School students who are at least a junior and in good academic standing can take all courses free of charge, except for the nine Regent General Education courses, which are $40 per credit hour.

There are many benefits to dual enrollment at Western Dakota Tech, along with still being able to enjoy the high school experience.
If you are interested in WDT’s dual enrollment program, or for the dual enrollment application, please visit the Western Dakota Tech website.

WDT to host job fair for veterans

iStock_000021489094SmallWestern Dakota Tech will host the Black Hills Veterans’ Job Fair from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the WDT Commons Area.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with employers from South Dakota and across the nation. Over 85 exhibitors will be on site to conduct interviews and accept applications.

For a list of exhibitors, click here.

Although this event targets Guard and Reserve members, veterans, active duty military, and their families, all WDT students and alumni, as well as the public are welcome to attend.

This event is a collaboration between WDT and several veteran-serving organizations, including Hero 2 Hired, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Veterans Upward Bound, Airman & Family Readiness Center, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

WDT hosts healthcare camp for prospective students

Western Dakota Tech will host a camp for prospective healthcare students Tuesday, June 24, at WDT. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The event will give prospective students an opportunity to explore healthcare career programs offered at WDT. Students will be able to tour classrooms and labs, meet instructors, and learn about financial aid and the admissions process.

Students graduating with healthcare degrees have the benefit of entering one of the fastest-growing industries. National and state labor market information projects significant growth in the healthcare field by 2020: Practical Nurses by 14.3 percent, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics by 15.3 percent and Certified Nursing Assistants by 21 percent.

“This camp is a great opportunity for students to explore careers in a very lucrative industry. The pathways offered here at WDT allow students to get through school and into the workforce quickly,” said Chandra Calvert, Grants Coordinator. “The need for healthcare workers is very high not only here in South Dakota, but in the nation. Students who go through these programs will have many opportunities for employment.”

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 97 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 online at www.wdt.edu or by contacting Cindy Weber at (605) 718-2419 or cindy.weber@wdt.edu.