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Commencement Program 2024

May 13, 2024

Congratulations, Class of 2024 graduates! Click to access a digital copy of the Commencement Program.

There are a limited number of printed copies vailable for pick up at the Enrollment Services front desk. (Note: Enrollment Services is closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13.)

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WDTC Honors 25 Outstanding Program Graduates in Class of 2024

May 10, 2024

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) Outstanding Graduates were honored during a banquet, in the college's Event Center, Friday, May 3.

 Twenty-five students received the Outstanding Graduate Award for their program. Students are chosen for this award by their program faculty based on criteria including academic achievement and organizational, communication and leadership skills. 

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Seven Graduate from Western Dakota Technical College's Professional Truck Driving Program

May 9, 2024

Early Registration Recommended for Course Starting Aug. 19

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) announces the recent graduation of seven 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.

The Class A Professional Driving Program graduates and their South Dakota hometowns are:


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WDTC Students Earn Many Medals at SkillsUSA S.D. Skills Conference

May 8, 2024

College Honors Students During Special Event

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) students recently demonstrated their exceptional career readiness during the SkillsUSA South Dakota Skills Competitions in Mitchell, S.D. At the event, WDTC students placed in eight skill competitions, earned six gold medals, and swept the three top medals in the Plumbing category.

At the conference, the students competed against fellow students from Lake Area Technical College, Mitchell Technical College, and Southeast Technical College.

WDTC  honored all students who competed and specially recognized the 16 students who earned medals on May 1. The celebration took place at the college with the students’ peers, faculty, and Leadership in attendance. 

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WDTC Commencement Activities Announced

April 22, 2024

 Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is hosting several celebrations to honor its 2024 graduates. Events include the college's 56th Commencement Ceremony, an Outstanding Graduates Banquet, a Nurse Pinning Ceremony, and a Native American Honoring Ceremony.

Weston and Tenise Chapman, Black Hills Tire owners and WDTC graduates, will provide this year's commencement address.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
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Thu, July 4 | 7:30 am
4th of July Observance/WDTC Closed
Jul
5
Fri, July 5 | 7:30 am
No Classes
Jul
11
Thu, July 11 | 7:30 am
Session 1/Last Day to Withdraw with a "W"
Jul
12
Fri, July 12 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Jul
16
Tue, July 16 | 5:30 pm
College Visit Night
Jul
19
Fri, July 19 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers Recertification
Jul
19
Fri, July 19 | 8:00 am
Dental Radiology Course
Jul
24
Wed, July 24 | 7:30 am
Session 2/Last Day to Withdraw with a "W"
Jul
25
Thu, July 25 | 7:30 am
Session 1 Ends
Aug
2
Fri, August 2 | 8:00 am
Jumpstart
Aug
2
Fri, August 2 | 8:00 am
Dental Radiology Course
Aug
2
Fri, August 2 | 1:00 pm
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Aug
9
Fri, August 9 | 7:30 am
Session 2 Ends
Aug
12
Mon, August 12 | 7:30 am
Faculty Development Days
Aug
13
Tue, August 13 | 5:00 pm
Dual Enrollment Orientation
Aug
16
Fri, August 16 | 8:00 am
Jumpstart
Aug
16
Fri, August 16 | 1:00 pm
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers Recertification
Aug
19
Mon, August 19 | 7:30 am
Classes Begin
Aug
23
Fri, August 23 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Add
Aug
30
Fri, August 30 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Drop
Sep
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Mon, September 2 | 7:30 am
Labor Day/WDTC Closed
Sep
13
Fri, September 13 | 3:00 pm
4 Week Grades Due by 3 p.m.

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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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