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Western Dakota Tech Earns First Place in National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge

June 15, 2018

News release and photo courtesy National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded Western Dakota Tech from Rapid City, South Dakota first place in the 2018 fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

Judges awarded second place to Oakton Community College from Des Plaines, Illinois for their Heat Recovering Silencer project.

NSF and AACC established the challenge to encourage the nation's community colleges to develop the necessary STEM-based talent among their students. Community colleges represent an important academic sector for developing individuals with special skills, training and knowledge to perform highly technical job responsibilities.

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Individuals, Organizations Invited to Participate in Free Poverty Simulation Event

June 14, 2018

It is difficult to understand what living in poverty is like unless you have lived it. To give people a better idea of the everyday struggles those living in poverty encounter, the Prosperity Initiative and Western Dakota Tech are hosting a free Poverty Simulation at the college, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21.  
The simulation event is relevant as there is much poverty in western South Dakota. Oglala Lakota County has the highest poverty rate in the nation. In addition, 12 of western South Dakota's 22 counties exceed the national average, with almost one-third, seven counties, having more than a 30 percent poverty rate.

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Attend Computer-Aided Design Program Open House on June 19

June 8, 2018

If you are looking for a high-demand career that pays well and requires little physical work, you might consider Computer-Aided Design (CAD). A great opportunity to find out more about this interesting industry and local college program will take place during a CAD Open House, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Western Dakota Tech on Tuesday, June 19.

A CAD overview will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a hands-on demonstration of how virtual reality is used in design today. Program Co-Directors Todd Anderson and James Loverich will be available to talk to those interested in the program and answer questions. They will also provide a tour of the CAD classrooms and lab.

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Dual Enrollment Information Night Set for July 18

June 1, 2018

Did you know area high school students can get a jump-start on college general courses or start a specific college program for free, or at a reduced cost, at Western Dakota Tech? 

To learn more, register to attend Dual Enrollment Information Night starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at Western Dakota Tech. Western Dakota Tech is located at 800 Mickelson Dr. 

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Register to Attend College Visit Night on Tuesday, June 12

May 25, 2018

Western Dakota Tech helps students grow, develop their skills, and prepares them to enter the professional world work-ready.
To learn more about the many opportunities at Western Dakota Tech, plan to attend an upcoming College Visit Night at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at Western Dakota Tech. Western Dakota Tech is located at 800 Mickelson Dr.

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