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Seven WDTC Graduates Help Fill Need for Professional Truck Drivers

Apply Now for Jan. 9, 2023, Class A Course

Seven students recently graduated from Western Dakota Technical College's (WDTC) Class A Professional Truck Driving Program. These graduates will help fill the high and projected increasing need for truck drivers.

The Class A Professional Driving Program graduates, and their hometowns, are as follows:

  • Christian Cargill, Pine Ridge
  • Kimberly Harris, Rapid City
  • Cory Jensen, Box Elder
  • Eric Kolb, Box Elder
  • Ryan Mirrielees, Box Elder
  • Jonathan Varney, Rapid City
  • Dustin Wasson, Hermosa
Those interested in the Class A program are encouraged to apply now for the course starting Jan. 9, 2023, as the program fills quickly and enrollment is limited.

Course information is available at wdt.edu/TruckDriving. To apply or for more information, call the Corporate Education Center at (605) 718-2410, or email corped@wdt.edu.

In a South Dakota Department of Labor August 2022 Top 30 Hot Careers report, the top "Hot Career" listed is "Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers". The list is based on factors including "projected annual openings greater than the average across all occupations for 2020-2030" and "an average/mean wage greater than the median wage across all occupations in 2022". The S.D. DOL projects annual openings for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, from 2020-2030, to be 945. The average annual wage in 2021 was $47,642.

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.

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Graduates of the recent Western Dakota Technical College Class A Professional Truck Driving Program, L-R: Christian Cargill, Kimberly Harris, Cory Jensen, Eric Kolb, Ryan Mirrieless, Jonathan Varney, and Dustin Wasson.

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 Technical College's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military per the WDTC 2021 Placement Report. There were 326 respondents out of 380 graduates surveyed. [*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 Admissions@wdt.edu. Visit us on the web at wdt.edu.

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