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Fifty-Four Students Who Complete Nursing Programs Honored During Ceremony

As the need for nurses continues to increase here and throughout the nation, Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is helping to fill the high-demand careers with the skilled graduates of its Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs.

In recognition of their completion of the WDTC Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs, 54 students received pins during a recent ceremony. Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the nursing field. Select students also received special awards.

Those honored included 23 students who completed the Registered Nursing program.

A total of 31 students completed the Practical Nursing program – 23 attended the WDTC Rapid City campus; eight completed the Practical Nursing program at the WDTC Whitewood satellite campus. WDTC began offering Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood in Spring Semester 2021.

Registered Nurses who received pins and their hometowns:

Josephine Athieno, Rapid City; Kailee Bertch, Belle Fourche; Tonya Bloom, Hot Springs; Jessica Casjens, Philip; Amber Charles, Pringle;  Jasmine Derby, Rapid City; McKenzie Doto, Rapid City; Cherise Evans, Rapid City; Ariana Ferreira, Rapid City; Madelyn Fisk, Gillette, Wyo., Jessica Howard, Rapid City; Briana Johnson, Rapid City Teshia Larsen, Rapid City; Tatiana Lazari, Summerset; Stefanie Moak, Box Elder; Jessica Schmidt, Rapid City; Madison Petrotto, Rapid City; Paige Poulsen, Rapid City; Krystin Ragsdale, Rapid City; Jaci Skillingstad, Summerset; Jessie Stearns, Newcastle, Wyo.; Stephanie Winckel, Black Hawk; and Kayla Wulf, Owanka.

Practical Nurses who received pins and their hometowns are listed below. A “W” following a city denotes those who attended the Whitewood campus.

Taylor Bell, Rapid City; Siama Bickell, Box Elder; Melissa Carlson, Belle Fourche, W; Davin Compton, Rapid City; Jaclyn Duarte, Hot Springs; Morgan Fahey, Belle Fourche, W; Allitney Forkner, Box Elder; James Geibel, Rapid City; Raelynn Graham, Rapid City; Catherine Harding, Hill City;  Kacie Harrison, Belle Fourche, W; Stacy Held, Box Elder; Brooke Hochstetter, Rapid City; Rachel Johnson, Rapid City; Stephanie Kearns, Spearfish, W;  Michele Mamula, Rapid City;  Dietric McConnell, Box Elder; Ashley Meier, Piedmont;  Peyton Mollman, Buffalo, W; Alexice Olson, Belle Fourche, W; Mallory Perry, Rapid City; Cailyn Ratzsch, Summerset; Morgan Roos, Black Hawk;  Macey Schmidt, Rapid City; Jamie Shoop, Rapid City; Mya Simon, Rapid City; JaNohn Thacker, Gillette, Wyo.; Trista Thompson, Rapid City, W; Amy Timm, Box Elder;  Grace Trandahl, Beulah, Wyo., W; and Rebekah Wood, Rapid City.

At the event, students received the following awards:

Registered Nursing

  • Academic Excellence - Jasmine Derby
  • Clinical Excellence - Briana Johnson

Practical Nursing – Rapid City

  • Academic Excellence - Stacy Held
  • Clinical Excellence - Dietric McConnell

Practical Nursing - Whitewood

  • Academic Excellence - Alexice Olson
  • Clinical Excellence - Stephanie Kearns

Additional photos are available on WDTC's Facebook page at:

WDTC Registered and Practical Nursing students were recognized during a recent special pinning and awards ceremony.

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 more than 40 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 Western Dakota Technical College's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military per the WDTC 2021 Placement Report. There were 326 respondents out of 380 graduates surveyed. [*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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