Western Dakota Tech is increasing opportunities for nurses

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Rapid City, SD Jobs aren't a guarantee anymore for college grads, but for students in the medical fields like nursing, their jobs are in higher demand than ever.

Dr. Ann Bolman, president of Western Dakota Tech says, "We are so committed to meeting the work force needs, especially in western South Dakota."

After two years of intense training, students at WDT can graduate and work in many health care fields and soon even more doors will be wide open.

Christi Mcarthur, WDT director of nursing says, "We have been approved to offer an associate degree nursing program here at Western Dakota Tech its so exciting we have such a need in the community for nurses and nursing staff and caregivers so we just couldn't be happier to be part of this."

Currently WDT offers a training program to become a License Practical Nurse which has been wildly successful.

Mcaurthur says, "Once the students are in the technical courses its 94 percent so we've got a really really high graduation rate for LPNs currently."

This new program could start as early as spring of 2019

Bolman says, "We are in the planning process so that we can work with the board of nursing at the state level to begin with so that we can use their guidance to be sure that we set up the very best registered nursing program that can be offered in western South Dakota."

And students are just as excited as the faculty and administration.

Haley Hohn-Donat, 1st year nursing student says, "I think it is really exciting actually because now with more experience and I know that I want to go on and get my RN and the fact that I would probably be able to do it here just helps a lot because we know all of the instructors."

The new program would also mean a 10 percent enrollment increase and knowledge of the importance of technical education degrees.

Bolman says, "I think that when people start seeing the level of responsibility that the board of technical education has given the technical colleges in south Dakota through this type of nursing program that people will begin understanding that the technical colleges in South Dakota are critical."