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Career Exploration 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 FREE one-day career exploration camps allow you to explore your interests through engaging and informational activities.

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College Visit Days & Nights

We want to show you all the opportunities we are proud to offer at Western Dakota Technical College. 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 Technical College

See all that Western Dakota Technical College 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

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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 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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Student Housing

Western Dakota Technical College is offering off-campus housing* for the 2023-2024 academic year. Limited units available; apply early.

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Dual Enrollment

The State of South Dakota allows Juniors and Seniors in South Dakota High Schools to take college courses with WDTC for $48.33 per credit hour.  For payment information and due dates visit our Student Account Office page.

  • 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 Technical College, 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 Technical Colleges’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 Technical College's website at 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.


Seven WDTC Graduates Help Fill Great Need for Professional Truck Drivers

May 24, 2023

Apply Now for Aug. 30 Class A Day Course; Night/Weekend Course Full

Seven students recently graduated from Western Dakota Technical College's (WDTC) Class A Professional Truck Driving Program. These graduates will help fill the high and projected increasing need for truck drivers.

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2023 Commencement Program Available on Website

May 15, 2023

Congratulations once again, graduates! On the website, you can access a digital version of the  2023 Commencement Program. Click the link to view, print, and increase the font size for easier reading. Feel free to share the link with your family and friends. 

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Commencement Celebrations Set this Week for WDTC Graduates

May 9, 2023

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is 55th Commencement Speaker

Western Dakota Technical College
is hosting several celebrations this week to honor about 435 graduates - one of the largest classes in college history. Events include the college's 55th Commencement Ceremony, a Native American Honoring Ceremony, a Law Enforcement Pinning Ceremony, and a Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

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Diesel Technology Program Receives Esteemed ASE Accreditation

May 5, 2023

Noting it “meets the strict industry standards,” the Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) Diesel Technology program was recently informed it has received Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Program Accreditation.

“We compliment you for attaining the level of excellence recognized by the ASE Education Foundation. Both the educational and automotive communities should be proud of your commitment to a quality [medium/heavy duty truck technician] training program” said Michael Coley, President of the ASE Education Foundation.

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Get Ahead in College Taking Summer Semester General Education Courses

May 2, 2023

Summer Semester can be a great time to complete college-required general education courses at a faster pace.

Microcomputer Software Applications, Composition, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, General Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology are examples of Summer Semester Courses offered at Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC). Classes are offered on campus and online. 

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WDT News

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 29 | 7:30 am
Memorial Day/WDT Closed
Tue, May 30 | 7:30 am
Classes Begin (Sessions 1 and 2)
Wed, May 31 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Add (Sessions 1 and 2)
Fri, June 2 | 12:00 am
Build Dakota Scholarship Award Notification
Sat, June 3 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Mon, June 5 | 7:30 am
Last Day to Drop (Sessions 1 and 2)
Fri, June 16 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Fri, June 16 | 1:00 pm
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers Recertification
Mon, June 19 | 7:30 am
Juneteenth/WDT Closed
Fri, June 23 | 8:00 am
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Fri, June 23 | 1:00 pm
BLS (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
Tue, August 15 | 8:30 am
Course Challenge - All Students
Wed, August 16 | 8:30 am
Course Challenge - All Students

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