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Forty-Four WDTC Registered Nursing & Practical Nursing Students Honored During Pinning Ceremony

The need for more nurses in this area and throughout the nation is great. Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is helping to fill the much-needed careers with graduates of its Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs.

In honor of their completion of the WDTC Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing programs, 44 students received pins during a special ceremony on May 14. Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the nursing field. Select students also received special awards.

Those honored at the ceremony included 21 students who completed the Registered Nursing program. 

A total of 23 students completed the Practical Nursing program – 18 attended the WDTC Rapid City campus; five 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:

  • Kara Bland – Spearfish
  • Jillian Block – Spearfish
  • Tabitha Broman – Rapid City
  • Dustina Chord – Sturgis
  • Stephanie Corbin – Box Elder
  • Haile DuBry – Belle Fourche
  • Trisha Dueker – Custer
  • Kristen Handley – Box Elder
  • Lindsey Heidt – Rapid City
  • Alissa Hendrickson – Rapid City
  • Kathy Hogg – Sturgis
  • Melissa Horvath – Rapid City
  • Charles Hughes, Jr. – Hettinger, N.D.
  • Megan Jenisch-Nagel – Rapid City
  • Kaycee Karst – Rapid City
  • Jenni Konda – Box Elder
  • Angela Loppe – Black Hawk
  • Megan Mohr – Rapid City
  • Jamie Moreno – Hot Springs
  • Elizabeth Patterson – Rapid City
  • Kristina Sokol – Rapid City

Practical Nurses who received pins and their hometowns are listed below. “(W)” denotes those who attended the Whitewood campus.

  • Bailey Bierle – Midland
  • Natasha Bonds – Box Elder
  • Nicole Carrier – Rapid City
  • Amanda Dutton – Rapid City
  • Kailer Eggebrecht – Rapid City
  • Jennifer Gonzales – Box Elder
  • Jaycee Herman – Rapid City
  • Karen Holliday – Rapid City
  • Jennifer LaBrie – Rapid City
  • Blake Mehlberg – Whitewood – (W)
  • Stephanie Mendez – Rapid City
  • Sue Mireles - Newcastle, Wyo. – (W)
  • Isaac Naasz – Winner
  • Jace Nelson – Rapid City
  • Crystal Probst – Box Elder
  • Nicolette Radensleben – Sturgis – (W)
  • Alexis Schacher – Box Elder
  • Alexys Schille - Rapid City – (W)
  • Savannah Tordsen – Rapid City
  • Kaitlyn Totten – Rapid City
  • Sarah Walvatne – Rapid City
  • Minda Warns-Bartelt - Belle Fourche – (W)
  • Ashlyn Weber – Box Elder

At the event, students received the following awards:

Registered Nursing

  • Academic Excellence
    • Lindsey Heidt
  • Clinical Excellence
    • Stephanie Corbin

Practical Nursing

  • Academic Excellence
    • Karen Holliday 
    • Alexis Schacher 
  • Clinical Excellence
    • Sara Walvatne 
    • Minda Warns-Bartelt 

Learn more about Western Dakota Technical College's Registered Nursing program at: More information about the Practical Nursing Program can be found here:

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

Top photo: Registered Nursing students with faculty at the Pinning Ceremony.
Bottom photo: Practical Nursing students, not all pictured, during the Pinning 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 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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