The Accounting program is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that can prepare you for entry-level positions in an accounting-related career by providing you the technical and other skills you need to be successful.
The Allied Health Associate of Applied Science degree provides students an enhancement of health care and general education competencies and may allow for future educational and workplace advancement.
The Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science degree will provide education in most types of land transportation vehicles.
Business & Technology
Business - Entrepreneurship
An Entrepreneurship Certificate will prepare students who want to start and operate a successful business of any kind. Students will prepare a comprehensive business plan ready to implement while also learning technical and professional skills through a variety of courses including accounting, project management, supervisory management, small business entrepreneurship, and business law. This certificate is available through classes on campus, online, or a combination of both.
Business - Hospitality
Business Office Professional
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 could manage an office or be an executive assistant. Or, you can use your imagination to do whatever you’ve always dreamed about.
Business - Social Media Marketing
A certificate in Social Media Marketing will prepare students
Computer-Aided Design is a hands-on program, and you will spend most of your day learning by doing. You will prepare drawings under the guidance of instructors who are true experts and will graduate with the abilities and knowledge that set you apart from the crowd.
The Computer Science program strikes a balance between theory and application. You will learn about real-life networking environments so you can be immediately productive when you graduate. You will enter the job market ready and prepared to take on a wide variety of information technology roles.
Western Dakota Tech Public Virtual Cisco Academy
Western Dakota Tech offers a Criminal Justice program and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis program. Our program will give you the skills and experiences you need to be successful in a wide variety of career fields. Since both are two-year Associate of Applied Science programs, you will be in the workforce quickly, ready to make our communities better.
Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team.
The Diesel Technology associate of applied science degree will provide education in most types of land transportation vehicles and construction equipment to include trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and mining equipment.
Diesel Technology – Industrial Maintenance
Drafting and Machining Technology
Drafting and Machining Technology is a four-semester, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program designed to prepare students for the growing number of jobs in these fields.
It’s the perfect choice for someone who wants to understand the entire process of how mechanical parts are designed, drawn, and created. The program also gives students skills in other areas of drafting so they will be ready for a wide variety of jobs when they graduate.
Environmental Engineering Technician – Controlled Environment Agriculture
In this program, you will practice technical skills under the guidance of instructors who are true experts. The result? You graduate with abilities and knowledge that set you apart. If you are ready to prepare for an interesting and challenging career in a growing field, we are ready to help you acquire the skills and experience you need.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Get on the healthcare pathway by taking classes at WDT to prepare for the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians Exam. Students will gain instruction and hands-on practice in all aspects of emergency medical care at the Emergency Medical Technician level in accordance with the National Registry and the Department of Transportation guidelines. Classes are offered to WDT students and the general public.
Please note, the EMT certificate program does not qualify for Financial Aid. You can contact Student Accounts to discuss payment plan options.
Environmental Engineering Tech
The Environmental Engineering Technician (EET) Program at WDT prepares students for technical careers in the environmental engineering field by utilizing the most current environmental principles, theories, and technology for the sustainable use and responsible management of Earth’s resources.
Farm & Ranch Management
Health Information Management
The Health Information Management program can prepare you for a variety of careers in the medical office and medical coding professions.
HVAC & Refrigeration Technology
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) field is growing quickly. Demand for workers is high because there are not enough skilled technicians to fill all the available positions.
Our HVAC/R program will give you the appropriate mix of soft skills, theory, hands-on experience. We put classroom theory into practice in the lab with simulations and real-life scenarios to give you the skill necessary to be successful in the HVAC/R industry. We use a variety of modern HVAC/R equipment, trainers, simulation software, measuring instruments, and tools. Our program is designed to give you the core competencies employers are looking for. These include troubleshooting, problem-solving, customer service, and professional skills in addition to technical HVAC/R skills. Graduates of our program enter the HVAC/R industry as quality, well-trained entry-level HVAC/R technicians.
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis
The mission of the Law Enforcement Technology program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer, as assessed through student competency evaluations and
If you love libraries, you know they are exciting and interesting places where anything and everything can be found. Imagine working as a library technician helping others discover the love of learning and wonder that occurs in a library. Western Dakota Tech offers a Library Technician Program just for you.
A high demand for meat processers in this region has resulted in an innovative partnership between Western Dakota Tech (WDT) and Wall Meats to offer the Meat Processing program. Classroom instruction is on the WDT campus with hands-on meat processing and retail methods skills taught at the Wall Meats Processing Rapid City location. Meat Processing Associate of Applied Science degree and Diploma options are available. This program prepares students with the necessary skills to be successful in the consumable livestock and animal products industry. We aim to provide students a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to be effective and highly successful meat processors.
Electrical Trades – Mechnician
The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a variety of careers in the medical profession. 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 physicians with patient care management. They also execute administrative and clinical procedures and perform managerial functions.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Technicians use and maintain equipment needed for medical diagnosis and treatment and are primarily employed in a clinical setting.
People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. Paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility. It’s an important and worthwhile career. WDT can help you get there.
Western Dakota Tech's Pharmacy Technician Program educates and trains students to work as critical members of a healthcare team. Alongside Registered Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians are critical in providing safe and effective pharmaceutical care in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals and health systems, ambulatory clinics, community pharmacies, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, and mail-order pharmacies.
Phlebotomy/Lab assistants collect and process blood specimens for testing in the medical laboratory.
Our Plumbing program will give you the experience and skills you need to be a successful Plumber. We use lab simulations and real-life scenarios to put classroom theory into practice. We cover soft skills so you can tackle customer service and employee accountability with confidence. Our program is designed to give you the core competencies employers are looking for. These include troubleshooting, problem-solving, customer service, and professional skills in addition to technical Plumbing skills. Graduates of our program enter the Plumbing industry as quality, well-trained entry-level plumbers.
The mission of the Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing Program is to educate graduates to provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care as an entry level Practical Nurse in the current healthcare environment.
This program is supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. Western Dakota Tech’s individual grant of $2,058,946 funds 100% of their portion of the South Dakota Allied Health Training Consortium project.
Precision Machining Technology
Precision Machining Technology is an 11-month diploma program that uses classroom theory, hands-on machining skills training, practical application lab work, and industry internships to allow students to obtain the skills for entry-level machining positions.
It’s the perfect choice for someone who wants to bring ideas to reality, employing ingenuity and hands-on skill in the print to part process.
The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to become successful, valuable, and effective surgical technologists in the communities that they serve.
Welding and Fabrication
The Welding and Fabrication program prepares students for a career in the welding and fabrication fields. The combination of classroom theory, hands-on welding and fabrication skills training, and practical application in labs allows the student to attain skills for entry-level employment.