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Professional Truck Driving Students Graduate from Western Dakota Tech

Six students graduated from Western Dakota Tech's Professional Truck Driving Program on May 17.

The graduation ceremony took place through the Corporate Education Center, a division of Western Dakota Tech.

Graduates included:

• Mark Telkamp of Lead, S.D.
• Richard Livengood of Black Hawk, S.D.
• Taras Kotliarchuk of Rapid City, S.D.
• Alan Parry of Rapid City, S.D.
*Two students declined to be named.

Western Dakota Tech's Professional Truck Driving Program is a six-week class designed to prepare men and women for over-the-road semi-truck driving employment. Students utilize classroom instruction and behind the wheel experience to learn road skills, yard skills, vehicle control and inspection training, as well as other trucking skills.

Students also use a new hydraulic SkidTruck to learn techniques for driving in hazardous conditions. Trucking recruiters are welcome at the college, and are encouraged to visit each class, to help with job placement.

The next Professional Truck Driving Program will begin May 31, 2017. For more information about the program, visit To register or for more information, call the Western Dakota Tech Corporate Education Center at (605) 718-2410.

Western Dakota Tech'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
About Western Dakota Tech
Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college that serves 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 86 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.

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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