Western Dakota Tech graduates a number of new truck drivers

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, it is projected there will be about 1,100 annual openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers through 2028.

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Recent Western Dakota Technical College Professional Truck Driving Class A graduates include, from left, Robert Knutson, Kaleb Eatherton, David Grant, Damian Hopfauf, Jason Jones, and Eugene Robinson. David Darnell Jr., not pictured; one graduate declined to be named and photographed.
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RAPID CITY, S.D. • Eight students recently graduated from Western Dakota Technical College’s Professional Truck Driving Program. These graduates, the school says, will help fill the high and projected increasing need for truck drivers.

Graduates from the school’s Class A Truck Driving Program, a six-week course, includes: David Darnell Jr., Rapid City; Kaleb Eatherton, Keystone; David Grant – Rapid City; Damian Hopfauf, Rapid City; Arthur “Jason” Jones, Rapid City; Robert Knutson, Rapid City; Eugene Robinson, Rapid City. One graduate is not named per request.

The South Dakota Department of Labor projects around 1,100 annual openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers through 2028. The average annual wage in 2021 was $47,640.

The school started another Class A course on June 6, and will host another class starting Aug. 22. The school says the course is limited and fills quickly. Course info is available at .

For more info: (605) 718-2410 or

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