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Western Dakota Tech Recognizing Partners for Generous Contributions

April 26, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD - Scholarship donors and partners will be recognized for their generous contributions to students and Western Dakota Tech at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the college's new event center.

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Trans Tech Club Shines at South Dakota SkillsUSA Earning Five Medals

April 21, 2017


How does a Western Dakota Tech Transportation Technology education compare to others in the state? Excellent, if judging by the results of the Trans Tech Club's performance at the South Dakota SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference Competition at Lake Area Technical Institute, in Watertown, April 6-7.

"Our Western Dakota Tech representatives were up against the best of the best that the three other Tech schools in South Dakota could produce," said Dick Towne, Western Dakota Tech Trans Tech Club Advisor and Transportation Technology Program Director - Heavy Duty Instructor - Welding. "Our students did extremely well, earning one first-place medal, three second-place medals, and one third-place medal. Congratulations to the medal winners and thank you to all the Trans Tech Club members who competed in Skills USA."

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Register Now to Attend Western Dakota Tech April 15 Open House

April 11, 2017



Western Dakota Tech helps students grow, develop their skills, and prepare them to enter the professional world work-ready.

To learn more about the many opportunities at Western Dakota Tech, plan to attend an upcoming Open House from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 15, at Western Dakota Tech. Western Dakota Tech is located at 800 Mickelson Dr.

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New Partnership Results in Expanded Food Pantry for College Students

April 6, 2017



At Western Dakota Tech the success and well-being of our students is our top priority. As we know students sometimes lack resources and access to nutritionally adequate food to maintain healthy, active lifestyles, we have attempted to help fill the gaps with a free, mobile food pantry. 

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Western Dakota Tech Federally Recognized for Student Diversity

March 29, 2017



Western Dakota Tech's diverse student body sets it apart from other institutions of higher learning in South Dakota.


That diversity means something to the Federal government. Specifically, Western Dakota Tech's significant Native American enrollment rates have earned it a special Federal designation. Western Dakota Tech is the only college designated as a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution in the state of South Dakota.

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Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Thu, April 27 | 5:30 pm
Scholarship Donor Appreciation Reception
May
4
Thu, May 4 | 11:00 am
Public Safety Building Grand Opening
May
10
Wed, May 10 | 8:00 am
Bookstore Buyback
May
10
Wed, May 10 | 1:00 pm
Pharmacy Technician Pinning Ceremony
May
11
Thu, May 11 | 8:00 am
Bookstore Buyback
May
11
Thu, May 11 | 3:00 pm
Final Grades due by Noon for Graduates
May
12
Fri, May 12 | 12:00 am
End of Semester
May
12
Fri, May 12 | 10:00 am
Nurse Pinning Ceremony
May
12
Fri, May 12 | 5:00 pm
Eagle Feather Ceremony
May
13
Sat, May 13 | 10:00 am
Commencement

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Student Life

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

With over 30 programs in a variety of fields, Western Dakota Tech is the only technical college that serves the western South Dakota region. From Business and Computers to Construction Trades, Health Services to Legal and Public Services and more, Western Dakota Tech is where your future begins. More than 85 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military. Our graduates achieve success. What are you waiting for? Your future is in your hands and with Western Dakota Tech, you have the power to shape that future. Start shaping your future with Western Dakota Tech.

Business And Computers

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 Management & Marketing

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...

Business Entrepreneurship

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

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 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...

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...

Construction And Manufacturing

Computer-Aided Drafting

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....

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...

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...

Healthcare Technician

Program graduates will be able to help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. They also will be able to provide medical office support in clinics, physician’s offices, and othe...

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...

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...

Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant

Phlebotomists collect, transport, handle, and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They identify and select equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection and understand factors that affect specimen collection procedures...

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...

Transportation Technologies

Transportation Technology - Light Duty

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

Transportation Technology - Heavy Duty

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....

Associates of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Drafting

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 Management & Marketing

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 (WDT also offers a Law Enforcement program) Corrections officer Border patrol agent ...

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, ...

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...

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...

Law Enforcement

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...

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...

Transportation Technology - Light Duty

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

Transportation Technology - Heavy Duty

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...

Fire Science

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property. Firefighters help serve and protect the public against these dangers by being among the first emergency personnel on the scene of a fire, accident, or medical emergency....

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...

Diploma Program

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...

Business Entrepreneurship

A business entrepreneuership diploma 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...

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 collect, transport, handle, and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They identify and select equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection and understand factors that affect specimen collection procedures...

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...

Healthcare Technician

Program graduates will be able to help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. They also will be able to provide medical office support in clinics, physician’s offices, and othe...

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 Management & Marketing

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...

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

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 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...

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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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