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WDTC Named 2023 Great College to Work For & Additionally Earns Honor Roll Designation

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) has been named a “2023 Great College to Work For” by the Great Colleges to Work For® program. Additionally, the college earned the Great Colleges Honor Roll designation - a status granted to only 42 colleges each year that are highlighted most across the recognition categories. These honors put WDTC in elite company.

This is the sixth year WDTC has been deemed a Great College to Work For. It is the fourth time the college has received the Honor Roll designation.

The results, released today, Monday, Sept. 11, in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 194 colleges and universities. In all, 72 of those institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Western Dakota Technical College included among the small universities with 500 to 2,999 students.

WDTC received honors in six categories this year:

  • Professional Development
  • Mission and Pride
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Faculty and Staff Well-Being
  • Shared Governance
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

“Western Dakota Technical College is a great place to work because we have a strong commitment to our students' success and a focus on improving processes and strategies to increase their success even more each year. We take pride in the contributions our students make in their communities and have a clear understanding of the college's impact. We have a strong value for our work and see a bright future resulting from our efforts,” said Ann Bolman, Ed.D., WDTC President. “I can’t imagine a better campus team.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captures employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.

The Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

For more information and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at and ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

About Western Dakota Technical College

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

WDTC offers more than 40 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 Technical College's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military per the WDTC 2022 Placement Report. There were 320 respondents out of 342 graduates surveyed. [*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 Technical College 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.

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