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WDT Partners with Wall Meats to Start Meat Processing Program

Western Dakota Technical (WDT) College is excited to announce a new partnership with Wall Meats that is sure to benefit many in this region.

WDT and Wall Meats are working together to implement a Meat Processing instructional program at the college. The collaboration was approved by the WDT Board of Trustees during its February meeting. The goal is, once the program is developed and receives all necessary approvals, to begin courses in 2022.  

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Surgical Technology Instructor Receives National Rising Star Constellation Award

Western Dakota Tech Surgical Technology Instructor Krista Hagemann has been selected to receive the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Rising Star Constellation Award. This national award recognizes hard-working surgical technology educators who are in their first five years of teaching.

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WDT Fall 2020 Dean's List Announced

Western Dakota Tech congratulates the 222 students named to the Fall 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.

Students are listed by state beginning with South Dakota, then city, last name alphabetically, and program.


Belle Fourche - Seth Dahlvang, Electrical Trades; Nadine Mart, Surgical Technology; Elizabeth Soard, Practical Nursing.

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Black Hills Tire Owners/WDT Alumni Sponsor Scholarship in Honor of Jim Schnaible

Black Hills Tire owners Weston and Tenise Chapman, Western Dakota Tech graduates and 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, are sponsoring a Western Dakota Tech scholarship in the honor of the late Jim Schnaible.

Jim was an instructor for the Automotive Program at Western Dakota Technical College for 31 years before retiring in 2004. He unexpectedly passed on Dec. 5, 2020.

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Gov. Kristi Noem Praises State's Technical Colleges in 2021 State of the State Address

This is an excerpt from Gov. Kristi Noem's 2021 State of the State Address (as prepared) from Jan. 12, 2021, regarding South Dakota's Technical Colleges and workforce development.

"...South Dakota’s technical colleges have received national awards, attention, and funding for the high-quality programs they offer in key, growing industries. All four of our tech schools are in the top 4% of the country for upward mobility. Students who graduate from our colleges are fully equipped for high-demand, technical careers the moment they receive their diplomas.

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