WDT Whitewood campus experiencing minor setback

Whitewood Economic Development Organization has slowed down negotiations with WDT, due to unforeseen costs.

WHITEWOOD, S.D. — There’s been a minor setback in the opening of the Western Dakota Technical College Satellite Education Center in Whitewood for the LPN Program.

WDT in Whitewood

WDT in Whitewood

When the initial plan was set in motion, a collection of expenses had not been considered yet, like enhanced cleaning standards due to COVID-19, or building maintenance expenses.

WDT in Whitewood

Whitewood Economic Development Organization and other parties involved want to move forward with the venture, but first need to see what makes sense financially, which may include more assistance from other partners.

The closing date is proposed for this Friday, but that may be extended.

WDT in Whitewood

Western Dakota Technical College President Dr. Ann Bolman said in the long run, this bump in the road will make the project better.

We’ve got a lot of different strategies that we are going to peruse, in order to see if we can overcome the hurdle,” Bolman said. “But one way or another, we will have a solution and we will have LPN programming in Whitewood in January of 2021.”

Bolman says all options are on the table except backing out and additional strategies will be put in place to move forward.

WDT’s occupancy date would be Dec. 1, which would begin a five-year lease, which may be extended.

WDT in Whitewood

WDT in Whitewood

The approval of loan and documents was moved to the commission meeting on August 18th.

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