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Welding Student Awarded mikeroweWorks Foundation Travel Scholarship

Jerhett Cattin, Western Dakota Tech Welding and Fabrication student and South Dakota SkillsUSA Welding gold medal winner, is a 2018 mikeroweWORKS scholarship recipient. 

Cattin was awarded the scholarship to be utilized for travel expenses incurred in attending the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. 

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Surgical Technology Program Director Wins National Award, Scholarship

As demonstrated through continuing education achievements, and confirmed through the receipt of numerous awards and accolades, Western Dakota Tech faculty are amongst the best in their educational fields. Western Dakota Tech is proud to announce another faculty member has recently twice received recognition at the national level.

In the last few weeks, Jade Hollister, Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and Western Dakota Tech Surgical Technology Program Director, has earned two national honors in Surgical Technology.

Jade Hollister, Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and Western Dakota Tech Surgical Technology Program Director, left, recently earned two national honors. Tiffany Howe, Western Dakota Tech Vice President of Teaching and Learning, right, nominated Howe for Didactic Educator of the Year.

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Western Dakota Tech Earns First Place in National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge

News release and photo courtesy National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded Western Dakota Tech from Rapid City, South Dakota first place in the 2018 fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

Judges awarded second place to Oakton Community College from Des Plaines, Illinois for their Heat Recovering Silencer project.

NSF and AACC established the challenge to encourage the nation's community colleges to develop the necessary STEM-based talent among their students. Community colleges represent an important academic sector for developing individuals with special skills, training and knowledge to perform highly technical job responsibilities.

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Individuals, Organizations Invited to Participate in Free Poverty Simulation Event

It is difficult to understand what living in poverty is like unless you have lived it. To give people a better idea of the everyday struggles those living in poverty encounter, the Prosperity Initiative and Western Dakota Tech are hosting a free Poverty Simulation at the college, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21.  
The simulation event is relevant as there is much poverty in western South Dakota. Oglala Lakota County has the highest poverty rate in the nation. In addition, 12 of western South Dakota's 22 counties exceed the national average, with almost one-third, seven counties, having more than a 30 percent poverty rate.

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Attend Computer-Aided Design Program Open House on June 19

If you are looking for a high-demand career that pays well and requires little physical work, you might consider Computer-Aided Design (CAD). A great opportunity to find out more about this interesting industry and local college program will take place during a CAD Open House, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Western Dakota Tech on Tuesday, June 19.

A CAD overview will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a hands-on demonstration of how virtual reality is used in design today. Program Co-Directors Todd Anderson and James Loverich will be available to talk to those interested in the program and answer questions. They will also provide a tour of the CAD classrooms and lab.

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