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WDT posts third largest spring enrollment numbers ever

Western Dakota Tech has enrolled the third largest number of students in a spring semester in the institution's history.

WDT has 1,092 students enrolled this semester, a 6.5 percent increase from spring 2012.

"This is great news for WDT and our students," President Mark Wilson said. "Our enrollment is growing because WDT provides students the education they need for the futures they want."

WDT continues to post strong career placement numbers as well. More than 96 percent of the WDT graduates most recently surveyed are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 90 percent remain in South Dakota.

"Our mission is to create student, institutional, and community success," Wilson said. "These enrollment and placement numbers show we are accomplishing our mission."

WDT will expand its efforts in all three areas with new and expanded programs set to begin in the fall 2013 and fall 2014 semesters. For fall 2013, WDT has received approval to offer new, nine-month diploma programs in HVAC Technology, Plumbing Technology, and Computer-Aided Drafting. The Computer-Aided Drafting diploma program can be complete 100 percent online.

WDT will seek approval to begin offering the following options in fall 2013:

  • A diploma program in Precision Machining Technology

  • An associate of applied science degree in HVAC and Plumbing Technology

  • An associate of applied science degree in Pharmacy Technician

  • An associate of applied science degree in Drafting and Machining Technology

  • An associate of applied science degree in Practical Nursing


Proposals for other programs, including Physical Therapist Assistant and Construction Technology, are being developed for fall 2014 starts. WDT also plans to offer an associate of applied science degree in Surgical Technology beginning fall 2014.

"WDT will meet the needs of students and the community," Wilson said. "We will build strong programs staffed by exceptional instructors that will provide students with the skills and experiences they need to be successful."

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 20 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.

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, contact WDT at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565, or admissions@wdt.edu. Visit WDT on the web at www.wdt.edu.

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WDT student awarded Ryan Prince Memorial Scholarship

Andrea Barth of Rapid City, a WDT student in the Law Enforcement program, has received the $200 Ryan Prince Memorial Scholarship.

Family and friends of Ryan Prince established an annual memorial scholarship for WDT's full-time, first-year Law Enforcement students who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. This award is for students who demonstrate financial need and maintain good standing at WDT. These scholarship funds are to assist with expenses associated with the purchase of the uniform required for WDT's Law Enforcement students.

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 20 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 96 percent of WDT's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 90 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.

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

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WDT student awarded American Welding Society Scholarship

Shellie Clyde of Rapid City, a student in WDT's Welding program, has received a $300 American Welding Society NW Section Scholarship.

The American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation is dedicated to advancing educational opportunities to students preparing for a career in the welding and related joining technologies. Each year, the AWS NW section provides scholarship opportunities to assist students with their education.

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute that serves the western South Dakota region. WDT offers more than 20 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 96 percent of WDT's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or serving in the military, and 90 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.

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

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WDT creates transfer agreement with University of Sioux Falls

Western Dakota Tech graduates can now enter the University of Sioux Falls to finish their bachelor's degrees under a new agreement between the two schools.

WDT grads can transfer up to 64 credits to USF and apply them towards an accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) major in Accounting, Management or Entrepreneurial Studies. Students can complete their DCP bachelor's degrees in Sioux Falls or online. They may also choose from USF's 35 traditional, undergraduate majors.

"WDT students want options," campus President Mark Wilson said. "While the majority of our students go directly into careers related to their education, some want to pursue additional degrees. Agreements like this give students more opportunities to create the futures and lives they want."

LuAnn Grossman, the director of USF's accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP), agrees.

"Our goal at USF is to help Western Dakota Tech grads finish their bachelor's degrees through a seamless transfer to USF," Grossman said.

"DCP, for example, was specifically created for adults who want to complete their bachelor's degrees while still working, raising families or pursuing other interests," Grossman said. "DCP makes it possible for them to do this by taking classes just one evening a week or online for less than two years."

WDT's programs are focused on preparing students for the workforce. 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 a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities. More than 96 percent of WDT's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education or serving in the military, and 90 percent remain in South Dakota.

For information about the agreement and WDT, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to admissions@wdt.edu. Visit WDT on the web at www.wdt.edu.

USF offers a private, Christian liberal arts education to students from all walks of life. The University offers more than 35 undergraduate majors, 9 pre-professional programs, DCP and graduate programs in business and education. For information about USF, visit www.usiouxfalls.edu or call (605) 331-5000.

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WDT is closed Friday, January 11

Due to the weather, WDT is closed Friday, January 11.

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