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Eight Recent WDTC Graduates Help Fill Great Need for Professional Truck Drivers

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

The Truck Driving Program graduates, and their hometowns, are:

Class A (six-week course)
  • Caleb Billings – Rapid City
  • Tanner Ellefson – Rapid City
  • Nathan Fields – Rapid City
  • Damien Grause – Summerset
  • Desmond Rouse – Rapid City
  • Justin Schofield – Wall
  • Warren VanSkike – Rapid City
  • Brandon Walden – Box Elder
In a South Dakota Department of Labor May 2021 Top 30 Hot Careers report, the top "Hot Career" listed is "Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers". The list is based on factors including "above-average projected openings" and "an average/mean wage greater than the median wage across all occupations in 2019". The DOL projects annual openings for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, from 2018-2028, to be 1, 100. The average annual wage in 2020 was $46,232.

The next Professional Truck Driving Program class starting in April is full, however, those interested in the program can apply now for courses set to begin in June. Course info is available at As enrollment is limited, and the program fills quickly, those interested are encouraged to call the Corporate Education Center at (605) 718-2410, or email, ASAP.

Western Dakota Technical College's Corporate Education Center offers short-term classes, custom training, events, seminars, career programs, and more to help companies train employees and help students be successful in new and current careers. For more information, visit

Recent WDTC Professional Truck Driving Program graduates, L-R: Desmond Rouse, Brandon Walden, Damien Grause, Caleb Billings, Tanner Ellefson, Justin Schofield, and Warren VanSkike. Not pictured: Nathan Fields. 

About Western Dakota Technical College
Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

WDTC offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-eight percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Technical College faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about WDTC, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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