WDT breaks ground June 30 on expansion

Western Dakota Tech broke ground Tuesday, June 30, 2015, on multiple expansion projects that will help WDT better meet the needs of students and the community.

The expansion project includes:

  • Diesel Service Technology Lab: This 31,110-square-ffot lab will be constructed north of the main entrance. It will give students plenty of room to practice skills needed for success and allow the Diesel program to move from the Rushmore Building on Mickelson Drive to the main campus.
  • Medical Simulation Lab: Home to some of the most high-tech equipment in healthcare education, students training in this 8,780-square-foot facility will use high-fidelity, responsive, lifelike patient simulators to log clinical hours and practice real-life scenarios with no risk of endangerment. WDT’s long-term vision is to make the Simulation Center a training location for healthcare professionals from across the region.
  • Event Center: Seating 450 people in a round-table setting, this 13,130-square-foot center will provide a large gathering place for WDT events, conferences, regional training opportunities, and the community.
  • Public Safety Building: The new, 15,435-square-foot Public Safety Building will provide flexible and real-world inspired education opportunities to students in WDT’s Law Enforcement, Fire Science, and Paramedic/EMT programs. It will allow students in these programs to learn and work together under one roof just as they will after graduation.
  • Kitchen Renovation: An expansion of the current commons area and complete kitchen remodel will rejuvenate the space students call their own and make it more functional and inviting.

This expansion will prepare WDT for an exciting future full of opportunity. Once complete, the project will fuel future growth so WDT can play a bigger role in making Rapid City and western South Dakota even better places to live and work.

Construction begins soon. The expansion is scheduled to be ready for use by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester.

For information about WDT, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to admissions@wdt.edu.



Board announces programs eligible for Build Dakota Scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. – Today (February 13, 2015) the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year of the scholarship program.  The industry areas covered are as follows:

  • Automotive
  • Building Trades/Construction
  • Energy Technicians
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (select programs)
  • Medical Lab Technicians
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Welding

For a complete list of the program options at South Dakota’s four technical institutes, go to http://doe.sd.gov/builddakota.

Scholarship applications will be available Feb. 17. The scholarship is available for new, incoming students in the 2015-16 school year. It is expected that approximately 300 scholarships will be awarded in the first year.

In-state and out-of-state students are eligible to apply. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into their program of interest. Recipients of the scholarship must enroll full-time and complete their educational program on schedule. The Build Dakota Scholarship will cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses. Scholarship recipients will commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program was announced in late 2014. It is made possible by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million grant by Gov. Dennis Daugaard from the South Dakota Future Fund. Build Dakota aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals.