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Degree Description

The Bookkeeping program is a two-semester, one-year diploma program designed to give you the skills you need for the growing number of entry-level bookkeeping positions available.

All of the classes in the Bookkeeping program transfer directly into WDT’s associate of applied science degree program in Accounting. These two programs give you options so you can prepare for the exact career you want.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Technical College Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence. Additionally, an official transcript must be submitted if you have attended other post-secondary institutions or universities.
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading.  To waive the ACCUPLACER with SAT scores a student will need a 500 on the MATH subsection of ACT and a composite of 970 to waive Writing and Reading. To place into MATH 114 a student will need a 520 on the MATH subsection.  

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

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, students will develop skills in accounting principles, finance, payroll accounting, Quickbooks, and more. Students will learn how to complete the typical duties of someone working in the bookkeeping field, including:

  • Using bookkeeping software as well as online spreadsheets and databases
  • Entering (posting) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Receiving and recording cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Putting costs (debits) as well as income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Producing reports such as income statements (costs compared to income), balance sheets, and totals by account
  • Checking figures, postings, and reports for accuracy
  • Reconciling or noting and reporting any differences they find in the records

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After Earning Your Degree

Through 2020, the number of bookkeepers and auditing clerks is expected to grow by 9.1 percent in South Dakota. We also expect a 12.2 percent increase in the number of jobs for billing and posting clerks, a related field for which Bookkeeping graduates would be prepared. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2023, the average wage in western South Dakota was $42,070.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Technical College has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

  • Duane Martenson

  • Rob Reagan

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Technical College wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDTC is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Technical College will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.

Student Housing

Finding affordable housing during school can be a challenge for students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not have on-campus housing, but partners with a Rapid City VRBO to offer a limited number of apartments for full-time students in the fall and spring semesters.

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Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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