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Spring 2021 application period closed by State of S.D.

Western Dakota Tech is proud to participate in SD Upskill, a program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19. As part of this state program for Spring Semester 2021, Western Dakota Tech is offering two online certificate programs in high-demand fields - EMT/pre-paramedic and Phlebotomy. (See info links for both programs below.) The Spring semester application period has been closed by the State of South Dakota. It is not known if the state will offer this program again in the future.

Qualifying UpSkill participants will earn credentials at little or no cost. The Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are partnering to support UpSkill participants. Participants must be eligible for re-employment assistance through DLR and be deemed a dislocated worker. (Upskill programs are available to individuals who have applied for re-employment assistance and been deemed dislocated workers in South Dakota.)

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 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding. Participating Spring Semester 2021 technical colleges include Lake Area Technical College in Watertown and Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City.

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

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WDT SD Upskill Program Available Certificates for Spring 2021
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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