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Students Named to Spring Dean's List Announced

Western Dakota Tech congratulates the 263 students named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a minimum of 12 credit hours in a given semester.


Belle Fourche - Lindsay Dommer, Environmental Engineering Technician; Alexander Hendricks, Computer-Aided Drafting; Shelby Rhoads, Criminal Justice; Sarah Stednick, Diesel Technology; Hunter Vissia, Paramedic; Zachary Wagner, Electrical Trades.

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WDT Board of Trustees Leadership Elected

Photo L-R: WDT Board of Trustees Chair Mike Roesler; WDT Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Tom Brunner.

The leadership of the first Western Dakota Tech (WDT) Board of Trustees was determined during the Board's regularly scheduled meeting, in the Event Center, on Sept. 9.

Mike Roesler, former Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Board President and retired firefighter, of Rapid City, was elected Chair of the new WDT Board of Trustees. Tom Brunner, South Dakota State Representative and farmer from Nisland, S.D., was elected Vice-Chair.

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WDT Announces 52nd Commencement Graduates

The following students graduated from Western Dakota Tech following Spring Semester 2020.

Graduates and their programs are listed by state and city beginning with South Dakota.

Note: WDT apologizes for the delay in this information due to COVID-19 disrupting the Spring Semester resulting in later program completion and final grades.


Belle Fourche - Elizabeth Bourne, Computer-Aided Design; Alexander Hendricks, Computer-Aided Drafting; Alexis Odle, Practical Nursing; Shelby Rhoads, Criminal Justice; Brian Stednick, Surgical Technology; Sarah Stednick, Diesel Technology; Zachary Wager, Electrical Trades; and Christian Wahlfeldt, Welding and Fabrication.

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WalletHub Ranks SD Colleges #10 Nationally; WDT #3 in State

WalletHub has released its 2020 Community College rankings and South Dakota and Western Dakota Tech (WDT) have fared well once again. 

South Dakota ranked #10 in the nation and WDT ranked third in the state, just behind Mitchell Tech and Lake Area Tech. Of 650 individual community colleges ranked by WalletHub, WDT came in at a respectable 356. 

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WDT Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination - 2020

Western Dakota Tech does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, services, enrollment practices, or in any aspect of their operation. This notice meets the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and/or laws:

Debbie Toms, Title IX Coordinator
Office D113
800 Mickelson Drive, Rapid City, SD, 57703

Western Dakota Tech is an open-admissions institution offering career-focused diploma, certificate, and associate of applied science programs in a variety of fields. Please view our programs for more information.

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.

Ninety-nine 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 Visit us on the web at

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