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Local businesses donate 7,000 feet of electrical conduit


The Western Dakota Tech Electrical Trades program received a generous donation this week from Muth Electric and Border States Electric.

One bale of half-inch EMT electrical conduit was given to the program by the two companies. One bale is the equivalent of 7,000 feet of conduit, a total cost of $1,372.

A representative from Muth Electric said the donation was made to show support for the Electrical Trades program and help students get as much hands-on training as possible while still in school.

"Muth Electric and Border States have a great contractor to supplier relationship," Paul Mayer, Muth Electric Division Manager, said. "We see the value of what this donation will bring to the students that come out of the Electrical Program at WDT."

Mayer said Muth Electric is a regular employer of Western Dakota Tech graduates.

"We have been lucky to have anywhere from two to four graduates a year, for many years, come and work for our company," Mayer said. "WDT has always provided us with a great pool of applicants over the years."

Electrical conduit is used to protect and route electrical wiring. Students will use the donated conduit to gain experience in the lab.

"Conduit bending is truly one of the fundamental tasks of the electrical construction industry," Western Dakota Tech Electrical Trades Instructor Scot Dannenbring said. "The students will use the conduit to practice bending stub bends, back to back bends, offset bends, three point saddle bends, and four point saddles."

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Computer-Aided Drafting students have front-row seats


Google Goggles may not have been the technological breakthrough some were hoping for, but one instructor at Western Dakota Tech is finding a similar technology incredibly useful.

Computer-Aided Drafting instructor James Loverich is using Pivothead glasses to record demonstrations and improve lab time. The glasses contain a camera that allows Loverich to capture his point of view and post it online for students.

"I'm essentially flipping the class. Instead of doing my demonstrations in class, the students watch them before they even step into the lab," Loverich said. "This way the students can spend less time watching and more time practicing skills in the lab."

Loverich says the videos allow every student to have a front-row view of the demonstration. They are able to re-watch sections they may be struggling with, and there is no classroom distraction to hinder learning. The students them come to class prepared and can spend more time working on projects and asking specific questions.

Loverich has used similar technology in previous courses with screen capture recording. This is the first semester he has delved into action video recording. He uses the glasses for his Computer Automated Manufacturing course which require lots of hands-on demos.

The response from students has been very positive. The extra lab time allows for more skill-based practice and students are able to dig deeper into projects.

Computer-Aided Drafters are in-demand in the industry. Recent graduates of the Western Dakota Tech Computer-Aided Drafting program are employed by Caterpillar Black hills Engineering, Design Center, 4Front Design, Britton Engineering, Spirit Air, and other businesses.

For more information about the Computer-Aided Drafting program, click here.

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Future Business Professionals Day



The Western Dakota Tech Business Department is preparing to feed the sharks at the Future Business Professionals Day career exploration camp. The one-day camp will be held Tuesday, March 15, on the Western Dakota Tech campus.

Western Dakota Tech invites the media to attend.

The camp is free and open to all high school students. Students will explore business-related programs, including Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business Management & Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Office Professional.

Students will attend three group sessions that focus on financial skills, marketing skills, and sales skills. The sessions are cleverly referred to as The Bling, The Look, and The Pitch.

Students will learn about networking and entrepreneurship, attend an etiquette luncheon, get familiar with Photoshop, design a company logo and business plan, and then present their ideas to the "sharks".

Presenting to "sharks" is a concept based off the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. Contestants on Shark Tank pitch entrepreneurial ideas to venture capitalists who can then choose to invest.

Students who present to the Western Dakota Tech "sharks" will receive critiques and recommendations on their business plans.

For more information about business degrees, click here.

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Simulation Center helps improve emergency response skills


Western Dakota Tech recognizes the importance of hands-on learning and has begun holding indoor and outdoor simulation events to help students in the Paramedic program practice emergency response skills.

The drills utilize patient simulators from the Western Dakota Tech Simulation Center, student actors, the Western Dakota Tech ambulance, and other resources as necessary.

Recent drills include two mini mass casualty events, one indoor and one outdoor. A mock electrocution event is scheduled to take place this week. The drills incorporate various programs to teach students the importance of teamwork in the field and to expose them to a variety of real-world scenarios.

The Western Dakota Tech Simulation Center features the latest in high-fidelity patient simulators. The center allows for a wide range of real-world scenarios that teach students the skills needed to be successful with no risk to patients or students.

The Simulation Center supports multiple health science programs offered by Western Dakota Tech and continues to explore new ways to serve other programs and the community.

A large-scale simulation event will take place on March 23. The drill will be the largest yet and will incorporate multiple programs, including Paramedic, Law Enforcement, and Fire Science.

For more information about the Paramedic program, click here.

For more information about the Western Dakota Tech Medical Simulation Center, click here.

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