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WDT honors outstanding graduates at awards banquet

Western Dakota Tech will host an end-of-the-year Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in the WDT Commons. The awards banquet recognizes outstanding students in a variety of capacities.

Students are chosen for the Outstanding Graduate Award by instructors in their program area based on criteria including academic achievement and organizational, communication and leadership skills.

One exemplary Law Enforcement Technology student will receive the Jason Burgraff Award. Jason Burgraff was a member of the Law Enforcement Class of 1997 who died in a motorcycle accident on April 1, 1996. The Jason Burgraff award was developed in memory of Jason. The recipient is chosen by second year Law Enforcement students each year and is someone who students believe is a class leader and will do well in the Law Enforcement career field.

Awards also will be presented to winners of the South Dakota SkillsUSA contest that took place this April in Mitchell. WDT students took first place in two competition categories. Winners from the state competition qualify to compete at Nationals in Kansas City next month.

Student Government Association Officers will also present Student Leadership Awards to students who showed exemplary leadership skills throughout the year.

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 Trades, Health Services, Legal and Public Services, Manufacturing and Mechanical Trades, and Science and Technology. More than 97 percent of WDT's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 85 percent remain in South Dakota.

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.

Learn more at or by contacting WDT at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565 or

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