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Four Graduates Help Fill Need for Professional Truck Drivers

Four 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)
  • Brandon Buckner – Spearfish
  • Kevin Dorsey – Black Hawk
  • Nathanial Knight – Rapid City
*One graduate declined to be listed publicly.

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 classes begin Oct. 25. More course info is available at wdt.edu/TruckDriving. 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 corped@wdt.edu, 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 https://www.wdt.edu/corporate-education-center.

PHOTO CUTLINE:
Western Dakota Tech Professional Truck Driving Program Director Jay Banick conducts a vehicle inspection with a student in this file photo.
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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 WDTC'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 Western Dakota Technical College, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Admissions@wdt.edu. Visit us on the web at wdt.edu.


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