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Adult Education & Literacy

Free Adult Education Classes

The LATC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides free educational classes to anyone 18 years of age or older who is looking to increase their skill sets and expand their employment opportunities. Our variety of enriching and educational programs can help:

  • Those who do not currently have a high school diploma.
  • Those who are NOT enrolled, or required to be enrolled, in a secondary school (documentation is required).
  • Those who read below an 8th-grade level.
  • Those who want to gain English language proficiency.

These skills reinforce workplace readiness, bolster transitions to job training and postsecondary education, and sustain a higher quality of life for South Dakotans. The Adult Education and Literacy Program is funded in part by Lake Area Technical College, United Way, and the SD Department of Labor under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Participants in WIOA-funded programs are provided with the necessary support, education, and professional training to help them excel in a career path that will pay a living wage.

LATC AEL Providers Offer:

  • General Educational Development (GED®) Preparation
  • English Language Proficiency Classes
  • Skills Training
  • Professional Training, Guidance, and Assistance in Securing Employment

View list of Adult Education and Literacy Program providers.

Get Your GED Today!

Supported by:

Lake Area Technical Long Horizontal
Watertown United Way
Dept Of Labor


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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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    Amy Marquardt

    LATC AEL Coordinator – Watertown

    (605) 882-5284, ext. 235
    Email: amy.marquardt@lakeareatech.edu

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

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    Luke Wilson

    Adult Ed. Math & Science – Watertown

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

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


    Darcy Green

    Adult Ed. Reading & Writing – Watertown

    (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 – Brookings

    Contact: Email: carla.steffensen@lakeareatech.edu