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June 10, 2021
A semi-serious battle, Western Dakota Tech versus truck driver shortage

The United States is currently seeing a nationwide truck driver shortage. Western Dakota Tech offers a four to six-week program that teaches students what it takes to be a truck driver.

Jay Banick, the Trucking program Director at Western Tech, says students come from a range of backgrounds for the opportunity to fill the currently lacking long haul force

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Register Today to Attend WDT's College Visit & Dual Enrollment Information Day on June 19

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) helps students grow, develop skills, and prepares them to enter the professional world work-ready. Within six months of graduation, 99 percent of WDT graduates are employed, continuing their education, or serving in the military!

To learn more about the many opportunities at Western Dakota Tech, plan to attend the FREE upcoming College Visit and Dual Enrollment Information Day at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 19, in the WDT Event Center. Western Dakota Tech is located at 800 Mickelson Dr. Register to attend at

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Three Recent WDT Graduates Help Fill Need for Professional Truck Drivers

Three students recently graduated from Western Dakota Technical (WDT) College's Professional Truck Driving Program. These graduates will help fill the high and projected increasing need for truck drivers.

The Truck Driving Program graduates, all from Rapid City, are: 

Class A (six-week course)
-Corey Burks

Class B (two-week course)
-Aimee Sperling
-Garrett Ellis

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Western Dakota Tech Celebrations Set for 53rd Commencement May 14-15

Amberley Snyder - Inspirational Barrel Racer, Subject of Netflix Movie, is Commencement Speaker

Western Dakota Technical (WDT) College is celebrating this year's 53rd Commencement with three ceremonies to allow for social distancing of graduates and attendees due to the pandemic. About 381 students will receive Certificates, Diplomas or Associate of Applied Science degrees - one of the largest graduating classes in WDT history. 

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Arbor Day Foundation Honors Western Dakota Tech with Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) has been honored with Tree Campus Higher Education® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This first-time WDT achievement is the result of college planning and student project work in 2020 to earn the special Tree Campus designation. It is believed Western Dakota Tech is the only technical college in the state to receive the 2020 honor.

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