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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in courses at Western Dakota Tech and earn credit for high school graduation as well as post-secondary credit from Western Dakota Tech at the same time. In addition to earning dual credit, students have the opportunity to gain college-level experience and explore potential career fields while still in high school. This can give students a jump-start on their college careers, all while building confidence and saving on tuition. Any South Dakota student, who is at least a junior in good academic standing, can enroll in Dual Enrollment.

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Learn how you can take classes for FREE (or at a reduced rate for non-RCAS students) and earn both high school and college credit. For more information, call Nora Leinen at (605) 718-2541.


RCAS students can take all courses free of charge. All books are free of charge for Dual Enrollment students. Non-RCAS students can take Dual Enrollment classes at the reduced rate of $48.33/credit. Payment for Dual Enrollment courses are due before the start of the semester.


Summer 2021
Fall 2021

*For courses offered at area high schools please talk with your High School Counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to review answers to common questions about Dual Enrollment.


Admissions Process

For Dual Enrollment, students must:

When all steps are complete, contact Nora Leinen to schedule an appointment to register for classes.

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It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her prospective post-secondary institution and to provide necessary information so the institution may determine if the Dual Enrollment credits taken are transferable.

Western Dakota Tech cannot guarantee transferability of credits to any institution, with the exception of the designated 
Regental General Education courses to the SD Board of Regents Universities.

Transferable Courses

Academic Calendar

Western Dakota Tech does not follow the same academic calendar as the Rapid City Area Schools. Students will receive more detailed information upon registration of classes.

View Academic Calendar


Western Dakota Tech is a Laptop Campus.  WDT/RCAS does not provide laptops.  Students may be expected to bring a laptop to classes at WDT or have access outside of class. 

Laptop Requirements


Textbooks are provided free of charge to Dual Enrollment Students. To qualify for free textbooks, students must have a completed Dual Enrollment Application (including online application, Dual Enrollment Approval Form, High Scholl Transcript, and any Required Test Scores) on file by 4pm on the deadline. 

Summer 2021: April 30, 2021

*Free Textbooks will no longer be available through WDT starting Fall 2021. Textbooks may be purchased through the WDT Bookstore.

WDT Bookstore


Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at Western Dakota Tech must follow all Western Dakota Tech and RCAS policies. Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at Western Dakota Tech will be referred to the Western Dakota Tech Student Handbook. Attendance policies in individual classes are listed on the class syllabus. Parents do not need to call Western Dakota Tech to excuse students.

Student Handbook

Appeal Process

Per SB 142, Students who receive a ‘W’, ‘WF’ or ‘F’ in a Dual Enrollment course lose eligibility for the SD Dual Enrollment Program. To appeal a Loss of Eligibility please complete the appeal paperwork available in the link below and submit to

Appeal Paperwork

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