Western Dakota Technical Institute
About Western Dakota Technical Institute
Situated in the exciting southwestern part of South Dakota, Western Dakota Tech offers the diversity of stunning rural vistas and the lively culture of city life. Rapid City is located in the famous Black Hills area, with Mount Rushmore as its monumental centerpiece. The area is served by four major airlines, making domestic travel affordable and convenient. The area is rich in natural beauty, including crystal blue lakes, mountains, and large expanses of quiet forest. Camping, hunting, and fishing opportunities abound. Other outdoor activities available include more than 6,000 miles of bike trails, golfing, rockhounding, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife photography, rock climbing, motor sports, and a large variety of water sports. Motorcycle enthusiasts can look forward to the famous, annual gathering in nearby Sturgis, S.D. Also nearby are the Badlands, the infamous town of Deadwood, Jewel and Wind Caves, and the Crazy Horse Monument. Area shopping is ample and diverse, from the 120 stores at the Rushmore Mall, local strip malls, numerous Black Hills Gold shops, Native American arts and crafts outlets, and other specialty shops. Dining options are equally diverse, including ethnic cuisines such as Russian, Italian, and Filipino, as well as popular chain restaurants, western-style steakhouses, and plentiful fast food dining options for those in a hurry. A prominent cultural feature of the Rapid City area are the Lakota People of the Northern Plains. The Lakota have many social events throughout the year that are specifically related to their language and culture. The He Sapa Wacipi event is held annually at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and includes hundreds of Indian singers and dancers in competition. Other attractions include Storybook Island, Formal Gardens, Dinosaur Park, the Dahl Arts Center, Museum of Geology, The City of Presidents, the Journey Museum, a variety of walking tours through the city¡¦s many historic districts, and the City View Trolley.
Western Dakota Tech offers a four-semester program in computer-aided drafting leading to the A.A.S. degree. The program is entirely hands-on, or learning by doing. Students prepare drawings and learn the tools and software of the trade under the guidance of qualified instructors.
A second specialization leading to the completion of an A.A.S. in computer networking also is offered. The program offers a combination of lecture and hands-on, learning-by-doing method, taught by those already working in the field. Students are trained as specialists giving advice to network users by providing technical support, interpreting problems, and troubleshooting hardware and software. Training also is provided in the areas of adding and installing new equipment. During the second year of study students choose one of two specializations: network administration or programming and database administration.
Student services include career development, educational placement assessments, counseling and ongoing support services, and job placement assistance. Activities that supplement the regular curricula offerings contribute to the educational, cultural, and physical well being of the students. Organized activities are provided for the students as well.
Western Dakota Tech offers federal financial aid to those who qualify in the form of grants, loans, and work-study. A limited number of school scholarships are available and prospective students and their families are encouraged to inquire early with the financial aid office about scholarship possibilities.