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High School Students - Explore Future Careers at Career Expo Sept. 26

Whether you are a high school student who knows what you want to do following graduation, or you are not quite sure, plan to attend Western Dakota Tech's ninth annual Career Expo, Thursday, Sept. 26. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Rushmore North at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center; registration is not required. 

“The Career Expo allows high school students to experience a fun, realistic glimpse into a variety of fields,” said Wanda Roe, Western Dakota Tech Admissions and Event Specialist.

Those attending the Expo will have the opportunity to explore many different Western Dakota Tech programs through hands-on activities and visit with actual employers about career options.

"We're committed to helping students realize their potential," Roe said. "Finding a field that fits your personality and goals is the first step toward a successful career."

The Expo focuses on interactive demonstrations to ensure attendees have a personal, hands-on experience with each career field.

"Every booth at the Expo has a hands-on activity to enjoy," Roe said. "This is the best way to get a feel for a career. It also reflects our hands-on approach to education at Western Dakota Tech."

Examples of some activities Expo participants can participate in include: welding, performing simple blood typing, looking at blood cells and bacteria under a microscope, simulating a blood draw out of a synthetic arm, and experiencing a cardiac arrest virtual reality simulation, etc.

For more information about the Career Expo, call Wanda Roe at (605) 718-2963 or email her at
About Western Dakota Tech

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

Western Dakota Tech 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.

More than 98 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 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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