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Thirty-two Practical Nursing Program Grads Honored During Special Pinning Ceremony

Honorees Include First Graduates of the College's Whitewood Satellite Campus

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is helping to fill the great need for more nurses. In honor of their WDTC Practical Nursing program completion, 32 students received pins during a special ceremony at the college on Friday, Dec. 17.

Twenty-four of the students attended college on the WDTC Rapid City campus. Eight students took their Practical Nursing courses on the WDTC Whitewood satellite campus and are the first to complete the program from the new location. WDTC began offering Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood in Spring Semester 2021.

Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the nursing field.

Three nursing students received surprise Nursing Program awards during the ceremony as follows:

Academic Excellence Award

  • – Julianne Blakeman. (Awarded for program overall regardless of campus attended.)
Clinical Excellence Awards:
  • Rapid City Campus – Alex Spencer.
  • Whitewood Campus – Madelyn Sather.
The Practical Nursing Program graduates, and their hometowns, are as follows:

Michele Aguiar - Rapid City

Jessica Archambeau - Hot Springs

Noelle Beug - Hot Springs

Minna Biehl - Bell Fourche

Joshua Blackham - Philip

Julianne Blakeman - Black Hawk

Shari Bradstream - Box Elder

Hugo Castaneda - Rapid City

Carley Christianson - Rapid City

Denee Daniels - Sturgis

Zetadell Depositario - Hot Springs

Jasmine Derby - Kyle

Sydney Engesser - Rapid City

Denielle Gallardo - Rapid City

Stefani Girton - Hot Springs

Karisa Hamann - Spearfish

Alyssa Houser - Newcastle, Wyo.

Kalyn Houser - Newcastle, Wyo.

Heather Jorgensen - Rapid City

Shantelle Komorous - Rapid City

Makenzie LeBlanc - Box Elder

Darilyn Leclaire - Rapid City

Alexandrea Leetch - Rapid City

Hannah Luedtke - Rapid City

Amanda Munroe - Sturgis

Amanda Osburn - Box Elder

Paige Poulsen - Rapid City

Bella Reid - Spearfish

Madelyn Sather - Gillette, Wyo.

Alex Spencer - Rapid City

Alexandria Waller - Ellsworth AFB

Lexi Wiebe - Rapid City

Learn more about Western Dakota Technical College's Practical Nursing Program here:

Additional photos are available on WDTC's Facebook page at:
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 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 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 Visit us on the web at

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