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WalletHub Ranks Western Dakota Tech as One of the Best Community Colleges in U.S.

Western Dakota Tech is honored to be named a 2018 Best Community College by WalletHub. The college is listed as number 148 out of 715 national community colleges in WalletHub’s latest report issued Aug. 20.

South Dakota fared excellent on the report as a whole, with the state being ranked number one for Best Community Colleges. Mitchell Technical Institute, Lake Area Technical Institute, and Sisseton Wahpeton College all made the list and ranked well on the report.

“I congratulate Western Dakota Tech’s Faculty and Staff for their hard work which has resulted in our college receiving a high ranking in the 2018 WalletHub report,” said Western Dakota Tech President Ann Bolman, Ed.D. “We are proud of our ranking, and that of the other listed colleges in the state, that resulted in South Dakota earning the coveted number one rating for community colleges! Potential students and their parents can rest assured Western Dakota Tech is a quality college, providing a great education, at a good price. We have 100 percent of the talent and resources to be the best technical college in the United States and we will continue to strive for that designation.”

Community Colleges Rating Methodology

In order to determine the best community colleges in the U.S., WalletHub selected a sample of 715 schools from the list of member institutions in the American Association of Community Colleges. Due to data limitations, the organization was not able to include all member schools. The AACC is not affiliated with WalletHub and was used strictly as an informational resource.

WalletHub evaluated the schools based on three key dimensions, including: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Education Outcomes and 3) Career Outcomes. The organization constructed the three dimensions using 17 total metrics, each grouped with related metrics in the appropriate category and listed below with its corresponding weight. WalletHub graded each metric on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best community college.

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 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.

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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