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Hertel Receives Inaugural American Technical Education Association Award

WDT Makes an Impact at American Technical Education Association Annual Conference

Western Dakota Technical (WDT) College excellence continues to excel at a national level. During this week’s American Technical Education Association’s (ATEA) 54th National Conference, a WDT faculty member has received an award, the college’s President has advanced as an officer of the organization, and two additional employees were selected as panelists.

Mandy Hertel, WDT General Education - Social Science Program Director, received the inaugural American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Impact to Technical Education Award on April 27. The surprise award was announced live during the 54th ATEA National Conference virtual awards ceremony.

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Western Dakota Tech Students Earn 11 Awards in SkillsUSA South Dakota 2021 Competition

The exceptional career skills demonstrated by Western Dakota Tech (WDT) students has resulted in 11 post-secondary 2021 SkillsUSA South Dakota Awards received. Of the six events WDT students entered, they earned gold in five events and took all places – gold, silver, and bronze – in Architectural Drawing and Technical Drafting categories.

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'Planting the Pond' Project Benefiting East Middle School & Western Dakota Tech Students

An innovative project called "Planting the Pond" by Western Dakota Tech (WDT) faculty members Kelsey Murray, Ph.D., and Bryan Mitchell, is teaching sustainability and conservation to East Middle School students in Rapid City and might even put them on the track to pursuing higher education and careers in related fields.

The same project has involved WDT students in many programs and is also benefiting them as they put what they learn in the classroom into action.

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CODA 2021 Visit to Western Dakota Tech

The Dental Assisting Program at Western Dakota Technical College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by a team representing the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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Two WDT Faculty Selected National Technical Teacher of the Year Award Finalists

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) is excited to announce that its nominees for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year Award are both finalists for the honor!

Ethan Burk, left, Automotive Technology Program Co-Director and Instructor, and Mandy Hertel, right, Social Science Program Director and Instructor, were nominated by their peers to represent WDT in the award category for the honor.

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