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Western Dakota Tech Named 'Great College to Work For' for Second Consecutive Year

Western Dakota Tech is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program. This honor puts the South Dakota college in elite company.

Not only has Western Dakota Tech been named a Great College to Work For, it has also made the esteemed Honor Roll – both for the second consecutive year! Western Dakota Tech is one of four total, 2-year institutions in the small colleges category to be named to the Honor Roll.

Western Dakota Tech is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program. This honor puts the South Dakota college in elite company.

Not only has Western Dakota Tech been named a Great College to Work For, it has also made the esteemed Honor Roll – both for the second consecutive year. Western Dakota Tech is one of four total, 2-year institutions in the small colleges category to be named to the Honor Roll.

The results, released today, Sept. 16, in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 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 Tech included among the small colleges with 500 to 2,999 students.

Western Dakota Tech received recognition in five categories this year:
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Teaching Environment (Faculty Only)
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Respect and Appreciation
“Western Dakota Tech is a great place to work because we all enjoy seeing our students progress in their education each day. We commit our energy and resources towards supporting students in developing the technical skills needed for successful careers and rewarding lives. We take time to celebrate accomplishments and strive to consistently improve communication campus-wide,” said Ann Bolman, Ed.D., Western Dakota Tech President. “A supportive work environment combined with accountability are a winning combination for excellence and satisfaction at Western Dakota Tech.”

Great College to Work For survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured 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 the employee feedback.

The Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at www.greatcollegesprogram.com.

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

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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.

More than 98 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 admissions@wdt.edu. Visit us on the web at wdt.edu.

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