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WDT Approved to Form S.D.'s First Technical College Local Education Agency

May 22, 2020

New Board to Include Trustees from Outside Rapid City 

A decision by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education (BoTE) will be monumental in the future course of Western Dakota Tech (WDT). By unanimous vote, following a special hearing, the board approved the college’s petition to become the first Local Education Agency in S.D. on May 21.

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Qualifying WDT Students to Receive CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds

May 13, 2020

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) has launched the WDT Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF), an emergency aid program for students who might be experiencing difficulties with expenses related to COVID-19 campus disruptions.

There are 602 qualifying WDT students, at this time, who will be mailed a $650 emergency check Friday, May 15, according to Jill Elder, WDT Admissions and Financial Aid Director.

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Western Dakota Tech & Other State Technical Colleges Plan for On-Campus Courses in Fall

May 8, 2020

South Dakota’s four technical colleges plan to resume on-campus operations this fall, with face-to-face teaching and learning at institutions across the state. The colleges will continue to focus on providing high-quality online instruction to complete the spring and summer semesters.

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Register Now for Virtual College Visit Night on Wed., May 6

May 5, 2020

Participants Can 'Meet' with Faculty & Admissions Representatives

High school students considering furthering their education with Western Dakota Tech are invited to attend a Virtual College Visit Night, starting at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6.

During this live video event, students and parents can ask questions about Western Dakota Tech. They can also speak with faculty members and representatives from Admissions.

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Masks for Rapid City Seeking Volunteers to Make 60,000 Facemasks

April 23, 2020

Forms to Request Mask-Making Kits, Order Completed Masks Available

Rapid City healthcare workers and immunocompromised individuals are in great need of facemasks during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Masks for Rapid City is seeking volunteers to make 60,000 masks to help protect them.

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) was asked to lead the Rapid City mask-making and distribution effort and formed Masks for Rapid City.


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Student Life and Success

Group of students discussing project

Success means something different to everyone. For us, it means watching our students grow and develop their skills.

But growth doesn’t only happen in the classroom. So we ensure plenty of opportunities for networking with a wide variety of clubs and organizations.

At Western Dakota Tech, we support each other, challenge each other, work alongside each other, and find new ways to have fun every day.

WDT Student Life

Degree Programs

Established in 1968, Western Dakota Tech is the only technical college that serves the western South Dakota region. The college delivers a personal, career-oriented education ideal for the student pursuing a meaningful profession and prideful future. Faculty, staff, and administration are committed to teaching the knowledge, skills, and behaviors students need to find be successful. More than 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible facilities and technology and recently completed a significant expansion to the campus. Through hands-on learning, simulation, internships, and industry partnerships, our students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and communities

Business And Computers

Business & Technology

The business world offers well-trained students an endless list of opportunities. You can own a business and be your own boss. You can manage a store for someone else. You can run the social media marketing operation for a company or an ad agency. You cou...

Accounting

Where the career is going Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 1.8 million jobs in 2010. They work in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll se...

Computer Science

Computer Science specialists work with every employee in an organization as well as outside personnel to provide a stable computing environment. As support personnel, specialists give advice to users by interpreting problems and providing technical suppor...

Library Technician

The Library Technician’s role continues to evolve to meet the needs of the 21st-Century patrons. When libraries are interviewing to fill positions, two of the criteria they look for are library experience and library education. This program combine...

Bookkeeping

Students can complete this program online or on campus! What you’ll learn The Bookkeeping program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development by integrating theory with practical experience. Through the program, stude...

Business Entrepreneurship

A business entrepreneuership certificate can help prepare you and give the skills necessary to own your own business and be your own boss....

Business - Social Media Marketing

The Social Media Manager will administer the company’s social media marketing and advertising. Administration includes but is not limited to: Deliberate planning and goal setting Development of brand awareness and online reputation Content...

Business Office Professional

Office Managers and Executive Assisstants are an important part of today's workforce. The Business Professional Diploma from Western Dakota Tech can prepare you for a variety of careers in the business world. Salary for Administrative Assistants and Offic...

Business - Hospitality

Students can complete this program online, on campus, or both! There is a high need for hospitality workers and managers and this diploma will help increase job opportunities for well-trained graduates to help fill industry positions.  Hospitality j...

Farm & Ranch Management

Farm and Ranch Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, or other agricultural establishments. They may engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, and harvesting of crops, and the general care of livestock. Man...

Construction And Manufacturing

Computer-Aided Design

CAD Technicians produce technical drawings with advanced 3D software.  As a CAD Tech you will be entering a career as an integral part of an architectural, civil, or mechanical firm. Architectural drafters assist architects by preparing technical pl...

Drafting and Machining Technology

Many private companies complete both the design and manufacturing of equipment, parts, and related items. This program will graduate skilled technicians who are able to bring value to those employers in multiple ways because they will be skilled enough to...

HVAC & Refrigeration Technology

HVAC/R is a growing career field, and employers need well-trained technicians who can step right in and start working. Western Dakota Techs’s program is designed to do just that – and do it quickly. HVAC/R is listed as a Bright Outlook occupa...

Welding and Fabrication

Welding and fabrication are growing fields in the western South Dakota region. Job opportunities are available and growing as opportunities in the field expand in South Dakota and the surrounding states....

Plumbing Technology

Plumbers evaluate, install, and repair piping systems that in businesses, residences, and other places with pipes or septic systems. They work with their hands and a variety of tools and power tools. Plumbers use equipment such as piping, tubing, clamps, ...

Electrical Trades

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Code. A solid background in the theory and technology of the electrical field will give the knowledge and ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repa...

Precision Machining Technology

Program graduates will be qualified to work in machine shops, factories, and other businesses that produce and repair machinery, parts, and related items. The Precision Machining field is a crucial one that allows graduates to be prepared to work in an ev...

Energy And Environmental Technologies

Electrical Trades

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Code. A solid background in the theory and technology of the electrical field will give the knowledge and ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repa...

Environmental Engineering Tech

Program graduates primarily work outdoors in the field, collecting information used to assess how increased demand affects the quality and quantity of our nation’s natural resources. Our Environmental Engineering Tech graduates work in a broad range...

Environmental Engineering Technician – Controlled Environment Agriculture

Graduates of this program will have opportunities for career choices such as Aquaponics Production Manager, Commercial Greenhouse Manager or Technician, Aquaculture Manager or Technician, Controlled Agricultural Environmental Technician, Fisheries Technic...

Electrical Trades – Mechnician

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply skills required to keep a MineStar technology enabled minesite up and running. The training will provide students the flexibility to pursue different areas of employment in the mining technology industr...

Farm & Ranch Management

Farm and Ranch Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, or other agricultural establishments. They may engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, and harvesting of crops, and the general care of livestock. Man...

Health Sciences

Allied Health

Educational curricula teach students to evaluate patients’ responses to therapy and make appropriate decisions about continued treatment or modification of treatment plans. The following professions are included in allied health: Athletic training, ...

Dental Assisting

The dental assistant may work in a private or group practice setting specializing in general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, or pedodontics. Dental sales and marketing of products is another career opportu...

Health Information Management

A medical office is a complex operation. Patients come and go all day. Phones must be answered and appointments made. Patient files must be pulled, processed and returned. Electronic Health Records must be completed accurately. Procedures must be schedule...

Medical Assisting

A Medical Assistant is a professional multi-skilled person who assists in all aspects of medical care and is primarily employed in a medical office setting. Medical Assistants help the physician with patient care management, execute administrative and cli...

Medical Laboratory Technician

Tasks performed by Medical Laboratory Technicians may include analyzing body fluids and recording findings, studying blood samples for use in transfusions, operating sophisticated laboratory equipment, logging data from medical tests, discussing results o...

Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant

Phlebotomists/lab assistants collect, transport, handle, and process blood and microbiology, and other body fluid specimens for laboratory analysis and may also perform waived and point of care testing. They identify and select equipment, supplies, and ad...

Practical Nursing

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the medical profession that does their duties taking care of patients while under the management of registered nurses or doctors. The LPN does what is considered essential care, which means they help patien...

Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are vital members of the surgical team and are involved in all aspects of a patient’s care while in surgery. Surgical technologists are relied upon by surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, and numerous other health care prof...

Paramedic

In an emergency, paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the...

Pharmacy Technician

A Pharmacy Tech helps licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform admi...

Registered Nursing

Western Dakota Tech's RN program is designed for students who are seeking accessibility while continuing their education. Nursing continues to be one of the most in-demand professions and an associate’s degree in nursing provides a strong career fou...

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Technology

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain or repair automobiles and light trucks with gasoline engines. The ability to diagnose the source of the problem quickly and accurately, one of the technician’s most valuable skills, requires good reas...

Diesel Technology

The ongoing advancement in diesel technology and electronic control systems has resulted in better engine performance, better fuel economy, lower exhaust emissions, greater durability, and an even longer engine life....

Diesel Technology – Industrial Maintenance

Graduates of this program will have opportunities for career choices such as Operations Foreman, Mobile Maintenance Mechanic, Industrial Technician, Process Technician, Crusher Maintenance Technician, Mine Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic Superv...

Associates of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Design

CAD Technicians produce technical drawings with advanced 3D software.  As a CAD Tech you will be entering a career as an integral part of an architectural, civil, or mechanical firm. Architectural drafters assist architects by preparing technical pl...

Business & Technology

The business world offers well-trained students an endless list of opportunities. You can own a business and be your own boss. You can manage a store for someone else. You can run the social media marketing operation for a company or an ad agency. You cou...

Criminal Justice

Graduates of the program will be able to accomplish the typical duties of criminal justice professionals in many fields, including: Certified law enforcement officer Corrections officer Border patrol agent Probation officer Parole officer Private ...

Environmental Engineering Technician – Controlled Environment Agriculture

Graduates of this program will have opportunities for career choices such as Aquaponics Production Manager, Commercial Greenhouse Manager or Technician, Aquaculture Manager or Technician, Controlled Agricultural Environmental Technician, Fisheries Technic...

Diesel Technology – Industrial Maintenance

Graduates of this program will have opportunities for career choices such as Operations Foreman, Mobile Maintenance Mechanic, Industrial Technician, Process Technician, Crusher Maintenance Technician, Mine Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic Superv...

Allied Health

Educational curricula teach students to evaluate patients’ responses to therapy and make appropriate decisions about continued treatment or modification of treatment plans. The following professions are included in allied health: Athletic training, ...

Computer Science

Computer Science specialists work with every employee in an organization as well as outside personnel to provide a stable computing environment. As support personnel, specialists give advice to users by interpreting problems and providing technical suppor...

Medical Laboratory Technician

Tasks performed by Medical Laboratory Technicians may include analyzing body fluids and recording findings, studying blood samples for use in transfusions, operating sophisticated laboratory equipment, logging data from medical tests, discussing results o...

Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are vital members of the surgical team and are involved in all aspects of a patient’s care while in surgery. Surgical technologists are relied upon by surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, and numerous other health care prof...

Welding and Fabrication

Welding and fabrication are growing fields in the western South Dakota region. Job opportunities are available and growing as opportunities in the field expand in South Dakota and the surrounding states....

Library Technician

The Library Technician’s role continues to evolve to meet the needs of the 21st-Century patrons. When libraries are interviewing to fill positions, two of the criteria they look for are library experience and library education. This program combine...

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, a...

Environmental Engineering Tech

Program graduates primarily work outdoors in the field, collecting information used to assess how increased demand affects the quality and quantity of our nation’s natural resources. Our Environmental Engineering Tech graduates work in a broad range...

Drafting and Machining Technology

Many private companies complete both the design and manufacturing of equipment, parts, and related items. This program will graduate skilled technicians who are able to bring value to those employers in multiple ways because they will be skilled enough to...

Health Information Management

A medical office is a complex operation. Patients come and go all day. Phones must be answered and appointments made. Patient files must be pulled, processed and returned. Electronic Health Records must be completed accurately. Procedures must be schedule...

HVAC & Refrigeration Technology

HVAC/R is a growing career field, and employers need well-trained technicians who can step right in and start working. Western Dakota Techs’s program is designed to do just that – and do it quickly. HVAC/R is listed as a Bright Outlook occupa...

Medical Assisting

A Medical Assistant is a professional multi-skilled person who assists in all aspects of medical care and is primarily employed in a medical office setting. Medical Assistants help the physician with patient care management, execute administrative and cli...

Automotive Technology

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain or repair automobiles and light trucks with gasoline engines. The ability to diagnose the source of the problem quickly and accurately, one of the technician’s most valuable skills, requires good reas...

Diesel Technology

The ongoing advancement in diesel technology and electronic control systems has resulted in better engine performance, better fuel economy, lower exhaust emissions, greater durability, and an even longer engine life....

Accounting

Where the career is going Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 1.8 million jobs in 2010. They work in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll se...

Electrical Trades

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Code. A solid background in the theory and technology of the electrical field will give the knowledge and ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repa...

Paramedic

In an emergency, paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the...

Technical Studies

The Technical Studies Associate of Applied Science Degree program will prepare students for a wide variety of careers....

Diploma Program

Bookkeeping

Students can complete this program online or on campus! What you’ll learn The Bookkeeping program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development by integrating theory with practical experience. Through the program, stude...

Business Entrepreneurship

A business entrepreneuership certificate can help prepare you and give the skills necessary to own your own business and be your own boss....

Business Office Professional

Office Managers and Executive Assisstants are an important part of today's workforce. The Business Professional Diploma from Western Dakota Tech can prepare you for a variety of careers in the business world. Salary for Administrative Assistants and Offic...

Business - Social Media Marketing

The Social Media Manager will administer the company’s social media marketing and advertising. Administration includes but is not limited to: Deliberate planning and goal setting Development of brand awareness and online reputation Content...

Library Technician

The Library Technician’s role continues to evolve to meet the needs of the 21st-Century patrons. When libraries are interviewing to fill positions, two of the criteria they look for are library experience and library education. This program combine...

Precision Machining Technology

Program graduates will be qualified to work in machine shops, factories, and other businesses that produce and repair machinery, parts, and related items. The Precision Machining field is a crucial one that allows graduates to be prepared to work in an ev...

Plumbing Technology

Plumbers evaluate, install, and repair piping systems that in businesses, residences, and other places with pipes or septic systems. They work with their hands and a variety of tools and power tools. Plumbers use equipment such as piping, tubing, clamps, ...

Dental Assisting

The dental assistant may work in a private or group practice setting specializing in general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, or pedodontics. Dental sales and marketing of products is another career opportu...

Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant

Phlebotomists/lab assistants collect, transport, handle, and process blood and microbiology, and other body fluid specimens for laboratory analysis and may also perform waived and point of care testing. They identify and select equipment, supplies, and ad...

Health Information Management

A medical office is a complex operation. Patients come and go all day. Phones must be answered and appointments made. Patient files must be pulled, processed and returned. Electronic Health Records must be completed accurately. Procedures must be schedule...

Practical Nursing

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the medical profession that does their duties taking care of patients while under the management of registered nurses or doctors. The LPN does what is considered essential care, which means they help patien...

Pharmacy Technician

A Pharmacy Tech helps licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform admi...

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Business & Technology

The business world offers well-trained students an endless list of opportunities. You can own a business and be your own boss. You can manage a store for someone else. You can run the social media marketing operation for a company or an ad agency. You cou...

Accounting

Where the career is going Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 1.8 million jobs in 2010. They work in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll se...

Business Entrepreneurship

A business entrepreneuership certificate can help prepare you and give the skills necessary to own your own business and be your own boss....

Bookkeeping

Students can complete this program online or on campus! What you’ll learn The Bookkeeping program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development by integrating theory with practical experience. Through the program, stude...

Business - Social Media Marketing

The Social Media Manager will administer the company’s social media marketing and advertising. Administration includes but is not limited to: Deliberate planning and goal setting Development of brand awareness and online reputation Content...

Library Technician

The Library Technician’s role continues to evolve to meet the needs of the 21st-Century patrons. When libraries are interviewing to fill positions, two of the criteria they look for are library experience and library education. This program combine...

Business - Hospitality

Students can complete this program online, on campus, or both! There is a high need for hospitality workers and managers and this diploma will help increase job opportunities for well-trained graduates to help fill industry positions.  Hospitality j...

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Welding and Fabrication

Welding and fabrication are growing fields in the western South Dakota region. Job opportunities are available and growing as opportunities in the field expand in South Dakota and the surrounding states....

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