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Adult Education & Literacy

The Adult Education and Literacy Program emphasizes skills such as reading, writing, numeracy, English language competency, problem-solving, health literacy, digital literacy, and family literacy. These skills reinforce workplace readiness, bolster transitions to job training and postsecondary education, as well as sustain a higher quality of life for South Dakotans. The SD Department of Labor and Regulation believes an educated workforce and citizenry are essential to South Dakota.

AEL providers in South Dakota offer classes in:

  • General Educational Development (GED®) preparation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Skills Training
  • Career Readiness

View list of Adult Education and Literacy Program providers.

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Who is an Adult Learner? (Adult Education Learner fact sheet)

General Educational Development (GED®)

GED® Testing for Applicants Under the Age of 18

In South Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds seeking approval to earn their GED® credential must follow the steps on the SD Dept. of Labor Regulation website based on their current school status. A printable PDF with guidance on Earning Your GED® Credential Under 18 is also available.

Hultman, Marcia. “Workforce Services for Individuals.” Department of Labor and Regulation, 2016, https://dlr.sd.gov/workforce_services/individuals/adult_education.aspx.

Success Stories

Read success stories to learn how employers and individuals have found workplace success through the Adult Education and Literacy Program.

LATC Watertown AEL Student Success Stories


We’re always happy to help! Get started by contacting our team today!

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Luke Wilson

Adult Ed. Math & Science

(605) 882-5284, ext. 523
Email: luke.wilson@lakeareatech.edu

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm


Darcy Green

Adult Ed. Reading & Writing

(605) 882-5284, ext. 310
Email: darcy.green@lakeareatech.edu

Office Hours: Mon: 7:30am-4:00pm | Tues: 7:30am-4:20pm Wed: 7:30am-5:00pm | Thurs: 7:30am-4:00pm | Fri: 7:30am-3:00pm

Carla Steffensen

Carla Steffensen

AEL Instructor

Contact: Email: carla.steffensen@lakeareatech.edu