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WDT Participating in SD UpSkill - Qualifying Applicants Can Earn College Credential at Little to No Cost

Western Dakota Technical College is proud to participate in SD UpSkill. UpSkill supports short-term credentials in programs leading to occupations that have been impacted by COVID-19. As part of this state program for Fall Semester 2021, Western Dakota Tech is offering three certificate programs in high-demand fields - EMT/Pre-Paramedic, Phlebotomy, and Plumbing. The UpSkill application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 17. [Deadline extended by state of S.D. to allow more people to apply.]


The Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are partnering to support eligible UpSkill participants to earn a credential at little to no cost. UpSkill programs are available for people who have obstacles to overcome to secure employment. Eligibility criteria vary and can include: being laid off from a job, being low income, or having a disability. Eligibility guidelines are outlined in the UpSkill WIOA Policy 5.42.

UpSkill certificates are available online, in-person, and in hybrid formats. The certificates are designed to be completed by Spring 2022.

After completing an UpSkill program, participants can enter a new career field, advance in their current field, or continue their education.

UpSkill is funded through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding. Participating Fall Semester 2021 technical colleges include Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City, Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, and Southeastern Technical College in Sioux Falls.

Western Dakota Tech Fall Semester courses start August 23, 2021. For more WDT UpSkill information, go to 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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