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Eleven Graduate from Professional Truck Driving Program

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

Class A, six-week program, graduates include:

  • Christopher Dalluge of Rapid City
  • Sean Devine of Box Elder
  • Richard Godfrey of Rapid City
  • Ruchelle Nuguid of Box Elder
  • Dale Olheiser of Keystone
  • David Ritcherson-Bell of Rapid City
  • Randy Sample of Rapid City
  • Christopher Shafer of Rapid City
  • Siona Sia of Rapid City

Class B, two-week program graduates included:

  • Brian Coppes of Rapid City
  • Zephi Perea of Black Hawk
In a South Dakota Department of Labor August 2020 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 2019 was $43,582.

The next Professional Truck Driving Program classes start on Aug. 23. As enrollment is limited, and this program fills up quickly, those interested are encouraged to call the Corporate Education Center at (605) 718-2410, or email, ASAP.

Members of the Western Dakota Tech Professional Truck Driving Program celebrate their graduation with a group photo in July. One graduate not photographed.

About Western Dakota Technical College

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

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) 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-nine percent of WDT'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 Tech 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 Western Dakota Tech, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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