Frequently Asked Questions

Here youíll find answers to common questions and answers regarding the Articulation Agreements between Lake Area Technical Institute and bachelorís degree programs.

What does the term program-to-program articulation mean?

A graduate from a specific program at LATI may utilize a program-to-program articulation agreement, which applies LATI technical credits to a program in that area at a select college or university. In addition to technical credits, certain general education classes may be transferred.

How does a program-to-program articulation agreement benefit me?

Every credit a student is able to apply to a bachelorís degree saves both time and money. With the cost of your college education including not only tuition and fees but books and living expenses as well, you could save more than $100 for every credit transferred!

Does the program-to-program agreement apply if I leave LATI before I graduate?

No. Students must have completed the LATI program before a program-to-program agreement can be used.

What if I completed a program at LATI, like Agri-Business, then decide to pursue an unrelated major at a college or university, such as Elementary Education? Could I use the program-to-program articulation agreement?

The technical credits will only transfer when the student is pursuing the programs detailed on the agreement listing. However, any transferable general education credits may still apply.

How does the articulation work?

An articulation agreement between LATI and a four-year institution specifies†which and how many credits LATI will be accepted into a bachelorís program at a particular school.† Depending on the specific agreement, your technical education credits may transfer as a block. For example, if a student has graduated from the LATI Electronic Systems Technology program and attends SDSU majoring in Electronics Engineering Technology, 34 technical course credits automatically transfer. In addition, specific general education courses taken at LATI will transfer, increasing this number. In this case, well over three semesters of credits will transfer. Each specific agreement provides a list of the courses that will need to be taken at the university level.

Will the program-to-program agreement allow me to start at the university level at junior status?

Some of the agreements do. Each agreement is different as the content of the LATI curriculum has specific elements needed for entry into the work force that may not be included in the university degree. Please refer to the program-specific articulation agreement.

Why would a student come to LATI first? Why not just start at the university level, if a bachelorís degree is the goal?

Everyoneís circumstances are different so each person has to make the decision thatís the best fit for them. Many students want to explore their subject area in depth in the first two years of their post-secondary education, to make sure that is the right field of study for them. These students get that opportunity at LATI. Many students realize they will need to work to pay for school. If you graduate from LATI first, you can be employed at a much higher salary in your field of study while also working on your bachelorís degree. In some cases, your employer will help pay for your college credits. Thatís hard to beat!

What if I transferred several high school credits to LATI under the tech prep agreements? Will the program-to-program agreements include those?

If the credits transferred were technical credits, such as Precision Machining, Welding, or Auto, they are included in the agreements. If the credits are general education, such as computer classes, they are not included. Keep in mind, however, that if those credits were applied at LATI, you saved tuition expenses. It all adds up!

I think I want to attend a university first. What happens if I transfer to LATI after one year of college? Can I still take advantage of the program-to-program agreements?

Sure! Many of the general education credits you take at the university level will transfer and enable you to take fewer courses at LATI. Once you complete your associate degree, if you decide at that point that you wish to resume working on your bachelorís degree, you can utilize the articulation agreement. It works both ways!

What if I have completed a program at LATI but donít see an articulation agreement listed for the university I would like to attend to pursue a bachelorís degree?

Contact the university to discuss the program in which you are interested.† The university representative can look at your LATI transcript to determine which credits they will accept towards the Bachelorís degree.

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