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Make it EPIC at LATC!

Our distinctive technical education will help land you a job in a high-demand career field. At Lake Area Tech, we work hard to keep our programs cutting-edge and our graduates happy. We want you to love what you do!

Founded in 1965 as the first technical school in South Dakota, Lake Area Tech now has 31 programs (including hybrid, online E-Degrees), 2,600+ enrolled students, and a living record of success:

  • 25,000+ graduates
  • 99% of our graduates are employed or are continuing education
  • 84% of our graduates have stayed to live and work in South Dakota

We promise you: small, interactive classes, new technology, the fun and energy of a growing campus, and SO MUCH MORE!

Mission Statement

Lake Area Tech: superior, comprehensive technical education that changes lives and launches careers.

Vision Statement

Lake Area Tech will be the leader in technical education working in partnership with business and industry and all levels of education. Lake Area Tech staff will integrate the latest technology and methods of delivering quality education to meet emerging global workforce demands. Lake Area Tech will continue to develop marketing strategies to promote technical education and will maintain excellence in all programs.

Value Statements

  • We believe in integrity, honesty and a caring attitude.
  • We believe all people are valuable and should be treated with respect.
  • We believe in promoting a positive image for technical education.
  • We believe all employees contribute to the success of the institution.
  • We believe that excellence and quality performance promotes success.

Quality Standards


Lake Area Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440