About The Programs
This 5-week accelerated course prepares you for success on the CNA certification examinations. Led by highly experienced, state-approved instructors, our CNA program ensures you are on the fast-track to a credential that is recognized nationwide.
Next course start date is April 5th.
This comprehensive course includes 5 consecutive weekends of classes followed by clinical training. Classes run Fridays (6-9pm) Saturdays (8am-5pm) and Sundays (1-4pm). Keep your job and family life while training for this in-demand career!
Course cost is $1,350. We have excellent payment plans available with great flexibility to help as many students succeed as we can. Students will be responsible for their certification exam costs.
Our instructors are highly experienced and state-approved. Our facility is fully set for this course and meets all required standards. Come see our facility and learn more about this course!
Veterinary Assisting Program
This course introduces you to the basics of Veterinary Medicine, the terminology, the lab work, the sciences, and more. Professionalism, positive attitude, job search skills and communication in the workplace.
This comprehensive course includes practical and hands-on training over the course of 12 Saturdays in our Gillette facility, and an externship with live clinical experiences at local veterinary practices.
We have payment plans available to all students, so you can feel comfortable diving in to this entry-level career course that can carry you into an exciting, in-demand career helping animals and people every day!
Our course instructors are highly experienced members of the field, including Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants ready to share a wealth of knowledge with you.
Front Desk Admin/Customer Service Program
The primary objective of the Front Desk Administration/Customer Service Program is to provide the skills needed to successfully and professionally be the "face of the business." This program instructs front-of-house employees on effective communication in-person, via email and over the phone in a manner that most desirably represents the business and creates productive interactions with customers/clients/patients. Everything is covered from office conduct to filing and scheduling.
6 6-hour (36 hours) of instruction and practical training with a flexible operating schedule. Class size is minimum 4 students and maximum 12 students. Course price is $450 per student.
This program utilizes a combination of themed instructional sessions, active training and take-home assignments designed to give students a well-rounded experience.
Program topics include telephone etiquette, drafting/proofing emails, record-keeping and filing, handling money, scheduling appointments, appropriate conversation topics and more.
Basic Sewing Program
WPT's Basic Sewing Program focuses on the foundational knowledge required to get comfortable behind a sewing machine. From touring the sewing section of the local craft store to making a tote bag from scratch, all of the essential steps are covered to get students familiarized with standard equipment and techniques. Guided open studio time is also available for more hands-on experience beyond the scheduled program times.
4 3-hour (12 hours) sessions of hands-on sewing instruction in a fully-equipped space.
Program price is $240 per student. Afternoon and evening sessions available!
Mommy & Me Classes
No need to leave the little at home! Spend time together while learning new skills in a fun, engaging environment!
Tour Joann's Fabrics and get an understanding of the store, make a standard pillow case, two coffee cozies and a tote bag, while learning to measure fabric, cut fabric with a rotary cutter, sew on a button with a sewing machine, make a button hole, sew Velcro, sew straight lines, pivot at corners and back-up to lock down stitching and introduction to patterns and pattern reading.
Utilize our space and equipment for just $15/hour with guided open studio time. Access expert advice and assistance in our studio while practicing the essentials learned during the program.
Equipment includes 2 Singer sewing machines, cutting table with 35x70" cutting surface, rotary cutters, 2 irons/ironing boards and other standard sewing notions.
Dental Assisting Program
Our mission is to provide our students with a basic understanding of the field of dentistry and help them obtain the skills necessary to have a successful and rewarding career. The Dental Assisting Course consists of 12 weeks (96 hours) of instruction and practical training plus a 40-hour (one week) internship. The goal and objective is to prepare each student for a career in the field of dentistry. This course schedule is designed to meet that vocational goal and objectives.
12 weeks (96 hours) of instruction and practical training, plus 40-hour internship for required 136 total hours of instruction
State-of-the-art dental office with 1 operatory, sterilization area, business office and reception area – learn on real equipment in an actual dental office setting
4 hours of lecture and video instruction and approximately 4 hours of clinical or hands-on instruction per week
Working chair, rheostat, overhead light, computer, water unit/supplies, X-ray head, X-ray sensors, imaging unit/intraoral equipment, lab equipment
Develop practical skills working directly under the supervision of a licensed dentist, get additional hands-on training
Upon satisfying the program requirements, students will receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and a letter of recommendation.
About Mark Thoreson D.D.S.
Mark G Thoreson, DDS is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
He owned and operated a solo general Dental practice for nearly a decade.
He has taught Dental Assisting privately in the past, training more than 100 people in Oregon to enter the Dental profession as Dental Assistants. He has also taught at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, in Human Anatomy and Physiology to students in Dental Hygiene, Registered Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician and Respiratory Therapy programs. He mentored and advised those and other students toward their career success. Dr Thoreson also provides Health Careers presentations to Middle and High Schools across the Country.
Dr Thoreson has had a long business career in the Dental industry, including sales of Dental lasers, practice growth coaching, Dental equipment and particularly instruments for Dental and Dental Hygiene schools across the Western US and into Western Canada. He has presented and spoken for company products at events ranging from small gatherings at Dental practices through the National and International levels for Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Lasers and Instrumentation as well as for magnifying loupes. He has been the corporate liaison for Fotona presenting their Dental Lasers to the prestigious Las Vegas Institute, which has an international client base, presenting to and training Dentists and their teams clinically with lasers. Also for Fotona, Dr Thoreson led the creation of a Laser Periodontal Surgery program, leading 4 International Key Opinion Leaders through a 3-day course presentation. This course was highly received and has been repeated.
Dr Thoreson has consulted with international companies regarding laser use in medical, dental, and podiatric fields. He holds 3 US patents for a dental restorative device currently in late-stage development and clinical evaluation.
His biggest joys are his family, creating new things, writing, singing Barbershop Baritone, and leading others into new successes. (The Minnesota Vikings fit into that list, but not always with joy.)