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Western Dakota Tech's New Mission Statement Will Inspire, Guide College into the Future

Exciting transformation is continuing at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) that will help shape the college’s future with an emphasis on graduates, employers, and the region. The latest enhancement is WDT’s new mission statement which will inspire and guide the organization.

WDT’s Board of Trustees has approved a new mission statement for the college. It is, “Western Dakota Technical College prepares students to be highly-skilled professionals through accessible, career-focused programs to improve their lives, while adapting to community workforce needs and positively impacting our economy.”

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WDT Named 'Great College to Work For' for Third Consecutive Year

Western Dakota Tech is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For® program. This honor puts the college in elite company.

The results, released today, Sept. 14, in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 221 colleges and universities. In all, 79 of the 221 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Western Dakota Tech included among the small colleges with 500 to 2,999 students.

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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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