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Nineteen Students Receive Practical Nursing Pins Dec. 15

As the need for nurses in the workforce continues to increase, graduates of Western Dakota Tech are well on their way to helping fill the important positions. Nineteen Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing students received pins during a special ceremony for the completion of the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program. The event took place in Western Dakota Tech's Event Center, on Friday, Dec. 15.

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Be Fast! Computer-Aided Drafting Program Hosts 3D Printed Car Race

Excitement was in the air as the third Annual Western Dakota Tech Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) 3D Printed Car Race took place in the Event Center on Dec. 12. The CAD students created amazing vehicles they raced on a new 80-foot long track which proved to be a true test of endurance and top end speed.

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The Insufficient Degree Video - Skills are a Key to a Self-Sufficient Future



This video is worth watching. It presents interesting information about skills being a key to a "self-sufficient future".

"Employers simply can’t find applicants with the necessary skills required in today’s workplace. A degree is one important milestone, but insufficient all on its own. This informative animation video was produced by Dr. Kevin Fleming (http://www.TelosES.com) with the support and funding of the California Far North Region's CTE Pathways Project (SB 1070)."


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Want to Earn College Credits in High School? Attend Dual Enrollment Information Night Dec. 13

Did you know area high school students can get a jump-start on college general courses or start a specific college program for free, or at a reduced cost, at Western Dakota Tech?

To learn more, register to attend Dual Enrollment Information Night starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Western Dakota Tech. Western Dakota Tech is located at 800 Mickelson Dr.

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WDT Climbs in Student Satisfaction

Rapid City Journal
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

By Mark Andersen

A national survey of community colleges confirmed an abysmal level of student satisfaction at Western Dakota Tech.

“Students felt like they were getting the runaround,” said Debbie Toms, WDT student success director.

In 2012, WDT placed in the eighth percentile among peers on a question of student satisfaction with academic services on the National Community College Benchmark Project survey, meaning 92 percent of schools did better. Only a willful disregard for student concerns could have guaranteed anything worse.

Something had to give, said Jill Elder, WDT admissions and financial aid director.

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Debbie Toms, Student Success Director, left, and Jill Elder, Admissions and Financial Aid Director, right, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where they were invited to present "Student Satisfaction with Service Excellence" at the Convening of Minority Serving Community Colleges.

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