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WDT enrollment increases 9.4 percent

More than 1,100 students—9.4 percent more than last year—call Western Dakota Tech their academic home this fall.

WDT's enrollment of 1,115 makes this the third largest fall semester in WDT's history.

"This is an exciting time for WDT," President Mark Wilson said. "These enrollment figures show that students value the skills and experience a WDT education provides."

WDT added additional class sections to handle the increase. In addition, WDT's recent building expansion created larger labs for some programs and made additional classrooms available.

"Our campus expansion came at a perfect time," Wilson said. "This expansion is providing additional lab and classroom space that allows WDT to provide education and training to even more students."

WDT has seen enrollment increases in most programs. WDT's newest program, HVAC Technology, also experienced a strong start.

"We are committed to quality programs and quality faculty so students have the best experience possible," Wilson said. "We will continue working hard to make sure students are receiving the education they need for the careers they want."

WDT's placement numbers show WDT works. More than 98 percent of WDT's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 90 percent remain in South Dakota.

"Placing students should be the ultimate gauge of success for any postsecondary institution," Wilson said. "WDT is proud of how well our students do after they graduate."

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 30 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.

WDT 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, WDT students graduate ready to make real and immediate contributions to their employers and their communities.

For information about WDT, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit WDT on the web at

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