Western Dakota Technical Institute

Tel: (605)394-4034
1,115 students
Public institution
Western Dakota Technical Institute is a public institution of higher learning where students acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for successful employment.
School Highlights:
Western Dakota Technical Institute serves 1,115 students (77% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the community college average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority American), which is more than the state average of 17%.
Western Dakota Technical Institute is the only community colleges within Pennington County, SD.
The nearest community college is Eastern Wyoming College (147.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 76 teachers has declined by 30% over five years.
College Western Dakota Technical Institute Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 76 staff
61 staff
Western Dakota Technical Institute Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,115 has grown by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has increased from 9:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.41 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 20% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,115 students 1,296 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1
21:1
Western Dakota Technical Institute Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 861 students
814 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 254 students
1,040 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Western Dakota Technical Institute Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
15%
1%
Western Dakota Technical Institute American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
1%
5%
Western Dakota Technical Institute Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
5%
21%
Western Dakota Technical Institute Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
3%
15%
Western Dakota Technical Institute Black (2006-2013)
% White
75%
51%
Western Dakota Technical Institute White (2006-2013)
Western Dakota Technical Institute Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.41 0.68
Western Dakota Technical Institute Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,840 is more than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,840 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,840 $5,660
Western Dakota Technical Institute In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,840 $10,250
Western Dakota Technical Institute Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
89%
Western Dakota Technical Institute % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Western Dakota Tech is located in Rapid City in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Western Dakota Technical Institute provides quality technical educational opportunities to residents of South Dakota and across the country. Western Dakota Tech is one of four State-supported postsecondary technical institutes in South Dakota. The college offer 25 different career programs ranging in length from 9 to 18 months. Western Dakota Tech grants Associate of Applied Science degrees and diplomas upon successful completion of individual program requirements. Through the Business and Industry Training Center a wide variety of non-credit classes, workshops, teleconferences and seminars are available to assist residents in enhancing one's personal or professional skills. The college offers programs in Accounting, Ag-Resources Tech Ag-Business, Ag-Resources Tech Equine Management, Ag-Resources Tech Natural Resources, Ag-Resources Tech Ranch Management, Automotive Technician, Business Management & Marketing, Cabinetry/Fine Woodworking, Carpentry, Collision Repair, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Networking Specialist-Net Admin Computer Networking Specialist-Prog, Disability/Human Services Technician, Electronics & Computer Technician, Fire Science, Health Unit Coordinator, Industrial Electronics, Law Enforcement Technology, Medical Administrative Services, Medical Transcriptionist, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant, Practical Nursing, Public Safety Telecom Operator, Surgical Technology and Welding/Manufacturing. Our small class sizes combined with extensive hands-on experience create a personalized education that assures our graduates are well prepared for success in today's job market.

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Did You Know?
For South Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,500 per year for in-state students and $6,500 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,780 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

South Dakota community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.30, which is lower than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in South Dakota is Kilian Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.