Dual Enrollment


Earn college and high-school credit at the same time with our dual enrollment classes! Many classes are even FREE for Rapid City Area Schools students!


Dual Enrollment allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in courses at Western Dakota Tech and earn credit for high school graduation as well as postsecondary credit from WDT at the same time. In addition to earning dual credit, students have the opportunity to gain college-level experience and explore potential career fields while still in high school. This can give students a jump-start on their college careers, all while building confidence and saving on tuition. Any individual enrolled in a Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) 51-4 high school and is at least a junior in good academic standing can enroll in Dual Enrollment.

Courses Offered

Course Descriptions

Course Schedule

Dual Enrollment Admissions Application


All courses online and on campus will be $40 per credit hour and students will be required to purchase their own textbooks. However, RCAS students can take all courses free of charge, except for the nine Regental General Education courses. The charge for those courses will be $40 per credit hour. All books for RCAS Dual Enrollment students will be provided by the school district.

Admissions Process

For Dual Enrollment, students must:

  • Fill out the Dual Enrollment admissions application.
  • Provide high school transcripts.
  • Provide proof of MMR vaccinations
  • Take the Accuplacer test. The Accuplacer test is a placement exam over math, English, and reading.  The fee to take the Accuplacer test will be waived for dual enrollment students. Contact Student Services to schedule a time to take the Accuplacer test.
  • Complete a WDT College Coursework Application (available from the high school counselors’ offices) that must be signed by the high school principal.

Complete all of the steps above. When all are complete, schedule an appointment to register for classes by calling Melanie Garstenshlager at 718-2421 or emailing mgarstenshlager@wdt.edu.


Students are responsible to obtain their own textbooks prior to the first day of class. It is recommended that students first check with your local school district to determine if your district will arrange purchase of the textbooks. If your School District will be purchasing your textbooks, they will be available during a mandatory orientation session prior to classes starting. If your school district will not be purchasing your textbooks, they can be purchased at the WDT Bookstore any time prior to the start of the semester.


Western Dakota Tech is a Laptop Campus.  WDT/RCAS does not provide laptops.  Students may be expected to bring a laptop to classes at WDT or have access outside of class. For more information about laptop requirements, click here.


It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her prospective post-secondary institution and to provide necessary information so the institution may determine if the Dual Enrollment credits take are transferable. WDT cannot guarantee transferability of credits to any institution, with the exception of the designated Regental General Education courses to the SD Board of Regents Universities.

Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at WDT will follow all WDT and RCAS policies. Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at WDT will be referred to the WDT Student Handbook. Attendance policies in individual classes are listed on the class syllabus. Parents do not need to call WDT to excuse students.

Academic Calendar

Western Dakota Tech does not follow the same academic calendar as the Rapid City Area Schools. To view the WDT Academic Calendar, click here. Students will receive more detailed information upon registration of classes.

Questions or clarifications? Please contact high school counselors/registrars or Melanie Garstenshlager at WDT at 605-718-2421 or mgarstenshlager@wdt.edu.