Special Services

special servicesWelcome to WDT Special Services!

The mission of the Special Services Program is to assist non-traditional students in their quest for higher education.

Western Dakota Tech recognizes the fact that non-traditional students have very different circumstances and challenges than traditional students. Therefore, the Special Services program was created to help this special population of students in their pursuit for higher education. The program provides several financial services, but it also provides emotional support to all non-traditional students.

What is a Non-Traditional Student?

You may be considered a non-traditional student if you are a:

  • Non-traditional aged student – person over 22 years of age
  • Single Parent – person who has dependant children and is not married.
  • Minority Student – person of an ethnic minority background.
  • First Generation College Student – person whose parents did not complete any type of post-secondary education.
  • Displaced Homemaker – person who has been a homemaker and is re-entering the workforce.
  • Student Enrolled in a Gender Under-represented Program – person enrolled a program that is traditionally chosen by members of the opposite sex.

If you fit into any of these groups, please fill out the Special Services intake form. This form can help determine what types of services may be available to you.

What services are available?
  • Resource Information and Referral – helps point you towards possible support services and funding opportunities outside of the school.
  • Book Loan Program – a limited number of General Education books are available through the Special Services Loan Library. Books are checked out for the semester on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Student Assistance Center – offers tutoring and help with study skills at no cost to you.
  • Mentoring – pairs new non-traditional students with current non-traditional students for support purposes.
  • Student Organizations – provides opportunities to meet with your peers and talk about common concerns and issues.
  • Personal Counseling – a certified counselor is available in Student Services and these services are free of charge.
  • Academic Counseling – Student Services provides academic counseling to answer questions about academic progress, class schedule changes, etc.
  • Career Counseling – helps you figure out what you want to do with your education.
  • Limited Financial Resources– funds are available to help with some educational costs, such as:
    • Tuition Assistance
    • Child Care
    • Transportation
    • Emergency Funds
    • Certification/Workshop/Testing Fees

To take advantage of the Special Services office, contact:

Melanie Garstenshlager

Special Services Coordinator

(605) 718-2421

mgarstenshlager@wdt.edu