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New Students Celebrated During Western Dakota Tech's First Signing Day

New students accepted for the upcoming Summer or Fall Semester were honored during Western Dakota Tech's (WDT) first College Signing Day, Thursday, Feb. 21. Ann Bolman, Ed.D., WDT President, welcomed the students to the college and congratulated them for choosing to pursue an education in much needed career fields.

The celebration, which was similar to a college athletic signing, honored the students for pursing technical education and also recognized the dignity of technical careers. The students were joined by their families and friends. College Leadership, Instructors, and Staff applauded the future students, shook their hands and gave them "high-fives", as they exited the stage.

Participants and their future areas of study included:
  • Molly Bolyard - Allied Health/Practical Nursing
  • Karissa Duran - Allied Health/Practical Nursing
  • Lizzette Meza - Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Elana Montgomery - Allied Health/Practical Nursing
  • Nicolas Myer - Diesel Technology
  • Benjamin Parrow - Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Emphasis
  • Brianna Scherr - Paramedic
Duran had her name drawn from the attending participants to receive a $500 scholarship from the Western Dakota Tech Foundation. Myer and Parrow were each selected to receive $50 gift cards to the WDT Bookstore.

"We thank these students, their families and friends for participating in Western Dakota Tech's first College Signing Day. We greatly enjoyed celebrating the new students and hope they had fun as well," said Dr. Bolman. "This is a an event we see growing in the future to include more students, our business partners, and community leaders."

View more event photos on the WDT Facebook page at:
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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 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.

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.

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