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Nurse Pinning Ceremony Celebrates December RN, Practical Nursing Graduates

December 21, 2023

Western Dakota Technical College continues to help fill the need for skilled nurses with 22 Practical Nursing students and 11 Registered Nursing students receiving pins upon completion of their program on Dec. 15. The event was historically significant as it included the first Practical Nurses to graduate from the WDTC Philip program.

Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the Nursing career.

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Eleven Recent WDTC Graduates Help Fill Need for Professional Truck Drivers

November 29, 2023

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) announces the recent graduation of 11 students from its Class A Professional Truck Driving Program. These graduates are poised to contribute to meeting the escalating demand for skilled truck drivers in the region.

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WDTC Announces Plan to Offer Practical Nursing Program in Hot Springs

November 16, 2023

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is committed to addressing the demand for health care professionals in the region. To meet the increasing need for skilled nurses, the college plans to offer its esteemed Practical Nursing program in Hot Springs starting Fall Semester 2024.

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Register Now to Attend College Visit Night on Tues., Dec. 5

November 15, 2023

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) invites the community to attend College Visit Night, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event is an excellent opportunity for high school students, recent graduates, and those seeking to upgrade career skills or make career changes, to explore the array of educational possibilities at WDTC.

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High School Juniors & Seniors Invited to Explore Health Care Careers at Scrubs Camp

October 23, 2023

Deadline to Register for FREE Camp is Nov. 1

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is excited to announce its upcoming Scrubs Camp, an engaging opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to delve into the world of health care careers. The event will take place on Tues., Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at WDTC.

Scrubs Camp offers a unique, hands-on experience for participants, allowing them to discover the diverse and rewarding careers available in health care. Attendees will engage in active learning activities, meet with experienced faculty and current students, and explore the cutting-edge medical labs on campus.

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Tours

Virtually visit our Main Campus Lobby, Campus Store, Dakota Hall, and Student Success Center by clicking the "play" button below. Continue the tour by clicking the "See More Virtual Tours" orange button to view our state-of-the-art learning labs.

Next, schedule an on-campus tour and receive a FREE WDTC T-Shirt when you arrive.


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Upcoming Events

Mar
4
Mon, March 4 | 7:30 am
Spring Break No Classes
Mar
15
Fri, March 15 | 7:30 am
Midterm Advising Day
Mar
15
Fri, March 15 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers Recertification
Mar
15
Fri, March 15 | 8:00 am
Dental Radiology Course
Mar
18
Mon, March 18 | 6:30 pm
Basic Beekeeping
Mar
21
Thu, March 21 | 8:00 am
One Day All-Program Camp
Mar
29
Fri, March 29 | 7:30 am
Easter Break WDTC Closed
Mar
31
Sun, March 31 | 12:00 am
LAST DAY to apply for 2024-2025 Build Dakota & Fall 2024 WDT Foundation Scholarships!
Apr
1
Mon, April 1 | 7:30 am
Easter Break No Classes
Apr
2
Tue, April 2 | 7:30 am
Institutional Effectiveness Day - No Classes
Apr
5
Fri, April 5 | 8:00 am
Dental Radiology Course
Apr
12
Fri, April 12 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) Instructor Training
Apr
12
Fri, April 12 | 1:00 pm
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Apr
15
Mon, April 15 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Withdraw with a W
Apr
19
Fri, April 19 | 8:00 am
HeartSaver- CPR/First-Aid/AED Course
Apr
20
Sat, April 20 | 10:00 am
College Visit Day
Apr
26
Fri, April 26 | 1:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers Recertification
May
9
Thu, May 9 | 12:00 pm
Final Grades Due By Noon For Graduates
May
10
Fri, May 10 | 7:30 am
Classes End
May
11
Sat, May 11 | 10:00 am
Commencement
May
13
Mon, May 13 | 7:30 am
Faculty Development Days
May
13
Mon, May 13 | 7:30 am
Final Grades Due By Noon For Non-Graduates
May
14
Tue, May 14 | 7:30 am
Institutional Effectiveness Day
May
15
Wed, May 15 | 7:30 am
Faculty Development Day
May
21
Tue, May 21 | 8:30 am
Course Challenge - All Students
May
24
Fri, May 24 | 7:30 am
Information Day
May
27
Mon, May 27 | 7:30 am
Memorial Day/WDTC Closed
May
28
Tue, May 28 | 7:30 am
Classes Begin (Sessions 1 and 2)
May
29
Wed, May 29 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Add (Sessions 1 and 2)

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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 Technical College, we support each other, challenge each other, work alongside each other, and find new ways to have fun every day.

WDTC Student Life

Degree Programs

Established in 1968, Western Dakota Technical College 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. Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Technical College'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 constitute more than 3,368 jobs in the Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) region in 2021. Industries include local government, tax preparation, payroll services, federal governme...

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...

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 Assistants 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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Stat...

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

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 Technical College’s program is designed to do just that – and do it quickly. HVAC/R is listed as a Bright Ou...

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

There are many private companies in a variety of industry sectors, such as manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and construction that employ machinists to make the products and keep their equipment working. Program graduates will have the skills to fill a ...

Architectural and Engineering Technology

Architectural and Engineering Technology graduates will produce technical drawings with advanced 3D software.  In the Architectural and Engineering Technology field you will be entering a career as an integral part of an architectural, civi...

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

Environmental Engineering Technicians are pivotal to the protection of the quality and quantity of Earth’s natural resources. They apply theory and principles of engineering to operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remed...

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...

Meat Processing

Meat Processors perform a wide range of tasks including handling, harvesting, and processing livestock, operating processing and rendering equipment, custom butchery and development of consumables, dispatching products, and keeping records. Meat Processor...

Autonomous Equipment Technician

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply skills required to keep autonomous technology enabled on various types of job sites in industries such as mining, agriculture, and construction. The training will provide students the flexibil...

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 schedul...

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 providers. The LPN does what is considered essential care, which means they help pati...

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 firefighters. Once they arrive, paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the ...

Registered Nursing

Western Dakota Technical College'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 stro...

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

Students will work in a learning environment that focuses on problem-solving, critical questions, and real-world case studies forming the basis for a comprehensive understanding. Graduates will have basic skills to maintain a safe working environment, tr...

Associates of Applied Science

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

Students will work in a learning environment that focuses on problem-solving, critical questions, and real-world case studies forming the basis for a comprehensive understanding. Graduates will have basic skills to maintain a safe working environment, tr...

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....

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

Environmental Engineering Technicians are pivotal to the protection of the quality and quantity of Earth’s natural resources. They apply theory and principles of engineering to operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remed...

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 schedul...

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 Technical College’s program is designed to do just that – and do it quickly. HVAC/R is listed as a Bright Ou...

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 constitute more than 3,368 jobs in the Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) region in 2021. Industries include local government, tax preparation, payroll services, federal governme...

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 firefighters. Once they arrive, paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the ...

Meat Processing

Meat Processors perform a wide range of tasks including handling, harvesting, and processing livestock, operating processing and rendering equipment, custom butchery and development of consumables, dispatching products, and keeping records. Meat Processor...

Technical Studies

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

Architectural and Engineering Technology

Architectural and Engineering Technology graduates will produce technical drawings with advanced 3D software.  In the Architectural and Engineering Technology field you will be entering a career as an integral part of an architectural, civi...

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 Assistants 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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Stat...

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...

Precision Machining Technology

There are many private companies in a variety of industry sectors, such as manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and construction that employ machinists to make the products and keep their equipment working. Program graduates will have the skills to fill a ...

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, ...

Meat Processing

Meat Processors perform a wide range of tasks including handling, harvesting, and processing livestock, operating processing and rendering equipment, custom butchery and development of consumables, dispatching products, and keeping records. Meat Processor...

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 schedul...

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 providers. The LPN does what is considered essential care, which means they help pati...

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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 constitute more than 3,368 jobs in the Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) region in 2021. Industries include local government, tax preparation, payroll services, federal governme...

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...

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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