Western Dakota Technical Institute

Tel: (605)394-4034
  • 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 840 students (81% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority American), which is more than the state average of 16%.
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute is one of 2 community colleges within Pennington County, SD.
  • The nearest community college is National American University-Rapid City (4.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 65 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
Western Dakota Technical Institute(SD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty65 staff73 staff
Western Dakota Technical Institute Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 840 has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.36 is more than the state average of 0.29. The school's diversity has grown by 64% over five years.
Total Enrollment840 students934 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:115:1
Western Dakota Technical Institute Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students680 students680 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students160 students254 students
Western Dakota Technical Institute Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Western Dakota Technical Institute Enrollment Breakdown SD All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Western Dakota Technical Institute American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Western Dakota Technical Institute Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Western Dakota Technical Institute Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Western Dakota Technical Institute Black (2007-2016)
% White
Western Dakota Technical Institute White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Western Dakota Technical Institute Ethnicity Breakdown SD All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.360.29
Western Dakota Technical Institute Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Western Dakota Technical Institute Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,600$36,600
Western Dakota Technical Institute Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,960 is more than the state average of $5,375. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,960 is more than the state average of $5,375. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,960$5,375
Western Dakota Technical Institute In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,960$5,375
Western Dakota Technical Institute Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%87%
Western Dakota Technical Institute % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
Western Dakota Technical Institute Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$6,000
Western Dakota Technical Institute Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate97%56%
Western Dakota Technical Institute Percent Admitted (2007-2010)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $5,375 per year for in-state students and $5,375 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,334 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

South Dakota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.29, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Dakota is National American University-Rapid City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.