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Admissions Process

The Admissions process is as simple as counting to five.

  1. Submit a completed application for admissions.
  2. Send your school transcripts or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence. Additionally, an official transcript must be submitted if you have attended other post secondary institutions or universities.
  3. Submit immunization certification.
  4. Take your placement assessment.
  5. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session (can be completed on campus or by phone).
  6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, register for classes.

Click below for more detail. Call (605) 718-2565 or email admissions@wdt.edu with any questions.

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Career Exploration

The programs we offer represent some of the fastest growing professional fields and industries. That's why we offer them. But that only matters if your student finds a program and career that fits their individual interests.

Our career exploration camps focus on hands-on activities and allow your student to be submersed in different professional paths. And hey, they're free. Click below for the schedule.

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Paying for School

Paying for school is daunting, and our expert financial aid team is ready to help you and your student find the best options to pay for their education.

Grants, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loads, scholarships, stipends... the list of potential funding sources is long and can be overwhelming. We'll help ensure you and your student fully understand the scholarship and financial aid process, and the responsibilities that come with it, before you commit to anything.

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Student Support

We want your student to have all the academic and personal support they need from day one until graduation. That's why every student at Western Dakota Tech is assigned a Student Success Coach.

The coaches track attendance and academic progress and are ready to help students. From academic advising, tutoring, housing and child care, to campus involvement and networking, the Student Success Center is ready to provide services or find resources to help students succeed in all aspects of their education. 

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Student Life

Success means something different to everyone. For us, it means watching our students grow and develop their skills. But growth doesn’t only happen in the classroom. So we provide plenty of opportunities for your student to get involved in a variety of clubs and organizations.

Campus participation allows students to sharpen leadership and teamwork skills, discover new interests, and make friendships that may last the rest of their life.

At Western Dakota Tech, we support each other, challenge each other, work alongside each other, and find new ways to have fun every day. We'll value your student, for their potential and for what they bring to our campus culture and community.

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News

Interested in WDT Practical Nursing Courses in Whitewood?

December 3, 2020

Plan to Attend Open House Saturday, Dec. 12

History will be made when Western Dakota Tech (WDT) begins offering Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood* in January 2021. The college has secured Hale Hall, at 1016 Meade St., as a location for its Northern Hills satellite campus.

If you are interested in taking Practical Nursing courses in Whitewood, plan stop in for an open house information session at Hale Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Sat., Dec. 12. You will be able to speak with WDT Admissions and Nursing Program representatives about the program and Financial Aid staff about funding opportunities. Scholarship information will be available. No pre-registration is necessary to attend the event.



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EchoWorks is 2020 AASHE Sustainability Achievement Award Finalist

December 2, 2020

"EchoWorks: An Electronics Recycling Community Partnership", a Western Dakota Tech (WDT) project with Black Hills Works, was an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Award Finalist for 2020. WDT's project being selected a national finalist in the Associate/2-year Institutions category is a great accomplishment with there being 450 submissions across four award categories this year! 

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Two WDT Certificate Programs Part of SD UpSkill for Spring 2021 Semester

November 18, 2020

Eligible Dislocated Workers Can Take Specific Programs at Little to No Cost

Western Dakota Technical College is proud to participate in SD UpSkill, a state program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19 .

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is now accepting applications from dislocated workers to enroll in occupational skills training available through the UpSkill program at little to no cost at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City, and Lake Area Tech in Watertown, for Spring Semester 2021.

WDT certificate programs offered as part of the program are EMT/Pre-Paramedic and Phlebotomy. Both are 18-credit online programs.

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Successful Masks for Rapid City Campaign Shifting from WDT to RCAS & Masks for Students

November 17, 2020

WDT Coordination Effort Results in 50,000 Masks Already Produced

When the few remaining face mask-making kits Western Dakota Tech (WDT) has left are sewn and the masks are distributed, the college’s coordinated portion of the Masks for Rapid City project will have resulted in 50,000 masks for our community! The Masks for Rapid City project will now focus on masks for area students which will now be led by Rapid City Area Schools.

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Quinn Thanked for Pickup Donation to Construction Technology Program

October 15, 2020

PHOTO CUTLINE: Bob Quinn, former owner of Quinn Construction, Inc., and current owner of American West Corp., left, is shown with Bret Clark, WDT Construction Technology Program Director/Instructor, right, and the pickup he donated to the WDT Construction Technology program.

In fall 2019, Bret Clark, Western Dakota Tech (WDT) Construction Technology Program Director/Instructor, reached out to the Construction Industry Center (CIC) seeking a donation of a good used pickup to use in his Construction Technology program for the purpose of hauling materials and equipment to job sites where students apply their practical learning. CIC in turn reached out to the industry. 

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