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Two WDT Certificate Programs Part of SD UpSkill for Spring 2021 Semester

Eligible Dislocated Workers Can Take Specific Programs at Little to No Cost

Western Dakota Technical College is proud to participate in SD UpSkill, a state program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19 .

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is now accepting applications from dislocated workers to enroll in occupational skills training available through the UpSkill program at little to no cost at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City, and Lake Area Tech in Watertown, for Spring Semester 2021.

WDT certificate programs offered as part of the program are EMT/Pre-Paramedic and Phlebotomy. Both are 18-credit online programs.

“Participants will earn credentials in a high-demand field at little to no cost,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “To be eligible, the worker must have lost their job due to a COVID-19 reason and be eligible for reemployment assistance, otherwise known as unemployment insurance.”

DLR is partnering with the Board of Technical Education to provide support services to help participants successfully meet their education and career goals.

“After completing an UpSkill program, the participant can enter a new career field, advance in their current field or continue their education,” said Secretary Hultman.
“Credits from these 100% online certificates can even integrate with associate and bachelor’s degree programs at public institutions across the state.”

To apply, visit The application deadline is Dec. 11, 2020. UpSkill is funded through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Workforce  Innovation and Opportunity Act funding.

Western Dakota Tech Spring Semester courses start Jan. 11, 2021. Click to view specific Western Dakota Tech UpSkill information. For additional WDT information, call Admissions at (605) 718-2565 or email
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.

Ninety-nine 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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