Ways to Give and Campaigns
Ways to Give
Western Dakota Technical College Foundation is grateful to our donors who support the College’s initiatives to provide real-life changes. There are many ways you can contribute to the overall success of our students, our employees, our College, and our community.
Any gift, regardless of size, enhances our mission to provide education and training at Western Dakota Tech. However, with each gift, our hope is that donors also receive the benefits associated with charitable giving and the reward of knowing they are important partners in everything we do. Our staff is available to assist you in your charitable gift planning - For more information contact the WDT Foundation 605.718.2436.
Equipment and Program Needs
Campaigns and Funds
By establishing a named scholarship fund invested with WDT Foundation, you provide an enduring stream of scholarship support to assist current and future generations of Western Dakota Technical College students.
Donors interested in impacting the lives of our students, can gift to existing scholarship fund(s), make a one-time gift, or make annual contributions to a specific fund, or establish a named scholarship.
Donors may establish named endowments to offer living tributes and memorials to family and friends. The created fund benefits current and future students and programs for years to come. The principal in the fund is never touched. Only the interest is used to make annual awards. The endowment may be funded over a period of time to reach the designed amount to generate needed funds.
WDT is starting a Controlled Environment Agriculture program. The Environmental Engineering Technician - Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) program is designed to prepare students for work in the exciting and growing field of controlled environment agriculture. The EAT, SD (Education and Training in Sustainability and Development) Green-house Project will benefit students while working towards solving local food insecurity.
How does it work? CEA is a synergistic food production platform that combines techniques in aquaculture and hydroponics to simultaneously raise edible plants and fish.
What are the benefits? This recycling eliminates the need for nutrient fertilizers and yields organic produce.
Why does WDT need a greenhouse? In order to minimize energy input, commercial aquaponics units are generally housed in a greenhouse-style facility. As a continuation of these successes, we propose expanding our EAT, SD project toward community-level testing. For this proposed project, a “proof-of-concept” teaching greenhouse will be constructed to house our existing aquaponics systems.
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund was created to provide Western Dakota Technical College students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event that would prevent them from continuing their education. Funds are awarded as a grant to help students with short-term financial needs.
Qualifying Circumstances, but not limited to:
- Medical/Dental Emergencies
- Travel/Personal Auto
- Books/School Supplies
- Child Care
- Student Fees
- Legal Fines/Expenses
If you think you may qualify, please see one of the Student Success Coaches and fill out the Student Emergency Fund application.
In-Kind Donation Needs
Farm and Ranch Management Program
- Storage Bins for livestock feed.
- C-Lock Smart Feed System. This will allow the program to feed calves and conduct research regarding their weights, average daily gain, emissions outputs, water intake, etc. C-Lock is a local company with shipments of their products spanning across the globe. WDTC would love to use this system to help collect and publish data specific to Western South Dakota for public use.
- A 10x12 shed with a locking door for storing hay, sacked feeds, mineral, livestock handling equipment, health supplies, etc.
- A tractor and implements are needed for the program to be able to train students on properly handling large ag equipment, testing proper planting rates, feeding the livestock on campus, and maintenance of facilities. Specifically, we are look for a 60 HP Tractor and a No-till Seed Drill.
Computer Aided Design
- Microsoft HoloLens 2 – Base Model
- Survey Equipment – (2) Trimble R2 Kits with receiver, collector, radio accessory, perpetual software license and accessories