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Career Explorations Camps

The programs we offer represent some of the fastest growing professional fields and industries. That's why we offer them. But that only matters if you find a program and career that speaks to you. Our one-day career exploration camps allow you to explore your interests for free.

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College Visit & Dual Enrollment Information Days & Nights

We want to show you all the opportunities we are proud to offer at Western Dakota Tech. Attend one of our Open House Visitation and Dual Enrollment Information events or schedule your own private tour. Meet instructors, see the facilities, learn about admissions and financial aid. Visits are designed for anyone interested in learning more about our institution.

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Tour Western Dakota Tech

See all that Western Dakota Tech has to offer by scheduling an individual or group tour today!  For more information, call Admissions at (605) 718-2565, (800) 544-8765, or email Admissions@wdt.edu

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Admissions Process

The Admissions process is as simple as counting to six.

    1. Submit a completed application for admissions.
    2. Schedule to take the ACCUPLACER test. ACCUPLACER is a placement exam over math, English, and reading. There is a $15 testing fee. The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or an SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Writing and Math. The scores must be within the past five years.
    3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session. Sessions can be completed on campus or by phone.
    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 certification from a licensed physical physician that you have received or are in the process of receiving the required two doses of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). (This is required for all on-campus students.)
    6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes.

Click below for more detail. Call (605) 718-2565 or email admissions@wdt.edu with any questions.

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Testing Information

We want you to have all the resources and support you need for success, starting with the correct classes. All new students are required to complete a placement assessment during the Admissions process. The results of the assessment ensure you are placed in classes that meet your skill level so you have the best opportunity to achieve your goals.
  • All students take the ACCUPLACER test
  • Students in Practical Nursing take the TEAS test
  • Students in Surgical Technology take the TEAS test
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Dual Enrollment

Our Dual Enrollment program allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in any course at Western Dakota Tech at a reduced tuition rate (FREE for RCAS students).

  • Earn high school and college credit at the same time
  • Save money on transferable general courses
  • Get ahead on your degree program
  • Gain college-level experience
  • Explore potential career fields
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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.

 

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ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT/CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires that the college’s Annual Security Report which includes crime statistics be made available to prospective employees and prospective students upon request. Western Dakota Tech’s Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported Clery crimes that occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault prevention and response, timely warnings, emergency response, and other matters. You may obtain this information through the Western Dakota Tech website at https://www.wdt.edu/assets/docs/uploads/consumer-information/securityreport.pdf. A printed copy of the report may be obtained by writing to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success, Western Dakota 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703 or by calling (605) 718-2931.

News

Interested in WDT Practical Nursing Courses in Whitewood?

December 3, 2020

Plan to Attend Open House Saturday, Dec. 12

History will be made when Western Dakota Tech (WDT) begins offering Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood* in January 2021. The college has secured Hale Hall, at 1016 Meade St., as a location for its Northern Hills satellite campus.

If you are interested in taking Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood, plan stop in for an open house information session at Hale Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Sat., Dec. 12. You will be able to speak with WDT Admissions and Nursing Program representatives about the program and Financial Aid staff about funding opportunities. Scholarship information will be available. No pre-registration is necessary to attend the event.



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EchoWorks is 2020 AASHE Sustainability Achievement Award Finalist

December 2, 2020

"EchoWorks: An Electronics Recycling Community Partnership", a Western Dakota Tech (WDT) project with Black Hills Works, was an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Award Finalist for 2020. WDT's project being selected a national finalist in the Associate/2-year Institutions category is a great accomplishment with there being 450 submissions across four award categories this year! 

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Two WDT Certificate Programs Part of SD UpSkill for Spring 2021 Semester

November 18, 2020

Eligible Dislocated Workers Can Take Specific Programs at Little to No Cost

Western Dakota Technical College is proud to participate in SD UpSkill, a state program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19 .

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is now accepting applications from dislocated workers to enroll in occupational skills training available through the UpSkill program at little to no cost at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City, and Lake Area Tech in Watertown, for Spring Semester 2021.

WDT certificate programs offered as part of the program are EMT/Pre-Paramedic and Phlebotomy. Both are 18-credit online programs.

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Successful Masks for Rapid City Campaign Shifting from WDT to RCAS & Masks for Students

November 17, 2020

WDT Coordination Effort Results in 50,000 Masks Already Produced

When the few remaining face mask-making kits Western Dakota Tech (WDT) has left are sewn and the masks are distributed, the college’s coordinated portion of the Masks for Rapid City project will have resulted in 50,000 masks for our community! The Masks for Rapid City project will now focus on masks for area students which will now be led by Rapid City Area Schools.

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Quinn Thanked for Pickup Donation to Construction Technology Program

October 15, 2020

PHOTO CUTLINE: Bob Quinn, former owner of Quinn Construction, Inc., and current owner of American West Corp., left, is shown with Bret Clark, WDT Construction Technology Program Director/Instructor, right, and the pickup he donated to the WDT Construction Technology program.

In fall 2019, Bret Clark, Western Dakota Tech (WDT) Construction Technology Program Director/Instructor, reached out to the Construction Industry Center (CIC) seeking a donation of a good used pickup to use in his Construction Technology program for the purpose of hauling materials and equipment to job sites where students apply their practical learning. CIC in turn reached out to the industry. 

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