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SD Upskill

Spring 2022 application period open now. 

Western Dakota Technical College is proud to participate in SD UpSkill. UpSkill supports short-term credentials in programs leading to occupations that have been impacted by COVID-19. As part of this state program for Spring Semester 2022, Western Dakota Tech is offering two certificate programs in high-demand fields - EMT/Pre-Paramedic and Phlebotomy. (See info links for the programs below.) 

The Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are partnering to support eligible UpSkill participants to earn a credential at little to no cost. UpSkill programs are available for people who have obstacles to overcome to secure employment. Eligibility criteria vary and can include: being laid off from a job, being low income, or having a disability. Eligibility guidelines are outlined in the UpSkill WIOA Policy 5.42.

UpSkill certificates are available online, in-person, and in hybrid formats. The certificates are designed to be completed by Spring 2022.

After completing an UpSkill program, participants can enter a new career field, advance in their current field, or continue their education.

UpSkill is funded through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding. Participating Fall Semester 2021 technical colleges include Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City, Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, and Southeastern Technical College in Sioux Falls.

For more information, call Admissions at (605) 718-2565 or email

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WDT SD Upskill Program Available Certificates for Spring 2022
Admissions Process
Submit a completed application for admissions.
  1. 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.
  2. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session. Sessions can be completed on campus or by phone.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes.

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