Dual Credit

Dual Credit Enrollment

2017 Dual Credit Registration

Welcome to the Dual Credit Enrollment webpage. The information here will be helpful for:

  • High school students who are interested in enrolling in a dual credit (also known as dual status) class at Lake Area Technical Institute
  • Parents of students interested in enrolling in dual credit classes
  • High school counselors or administrators

If you’re a high school student who is interested in gaining knowledge in an area of study at Lake Area Tech, then dual credit enrollment might be an option for you. Dual credit enrollment means high school juniors and seniors can enroll in one of many classes right here at LATI (on-campus and/or online) and potentially earn college credit toward your desired career area. Click on these links for more information:

2018 Spring Course Offering

2017-2018 Section Listings

Dual Credit Application

Frequently Asked Questions For Accepted Students

Once you are accepted, enrolled and have your user name and password.

  1. Go to www.lakeareatech.edu
  2. Please review the tutorials for logging on email and my portal on the LATI homepage under “Login Help”.
  3. Once the tutorial is complete, you will be able to complete the rest of your course work that is assigned.
Please read and review the syllabus for the course located on MyPortal. This is designed to answer many of your questions and to avoid frustrations. This will also give other important information such as instructor contact information, office hours, due dates and other expectations. Assignments will have detailed instructions of what is expected, so please follow this closely. If you are still having issues, please contact the instructor. They are the first point of contact because they know exactly what is expected. They may be in class when you try to contact them so be patient and they will respond to your questions ASAP. If you are still having trouble, feel free to contact Lee Quale at qualel@lakeareatech.edu or (605) 882-5284 ext. 220.
You will have until September 5th to drop a class. It will be difficult to add a course after August 25th.
Please log into MyPortal and double check that the courses you are registered are correct.  Go to Student-> My Classes-> view details.  While there, you will be able to see your tuition bill under My Finances.  All you are required to pay is $48.33 per credit (a 3 credit class will cost $144.99).  You have until September 22nd to pay this bill.  Once you have made payment, your account will reflect a zero balance.

Lake Area Tech Dual Credit Contacts:

You may pay with a debit or credit card by calling 605 882-5284 Ext. 298 for Student Accounts.  If paying by check, please make the check out to Lake Area Technical Institute and mail to:
Lake Area Technical Institute
Attn: Student Accounts
1201 Arrow Avenue
PO Box 730
Watertown, SD  57201

To check your account balance for payment history on MYPortal, please go to Student -> My Finances-> Course and Fee Statement -> Generate My Course and Fee Statement -> View my Course and Fee Statement.

Orientation:  Students are encouraged to visit with their instructor prior to class starting. Instructor information can be found on your course schedule from the Student Portal. Feel free to schedule an appointment at any time if you have questions. Instructors contact information is found on our website under Academics-> Faculty and Staff-> Contact Staff.

Tuition and Fees: The 2017-18 cost is $48.33 per credit hour as approved by the Dept. of Ed. Courses must meet the guidelines of the DOE and the high school agreement. This amount does not include parking or Rec Center fees. Dual Status students are not allowed to use the Rec Center or park on LATI’s campus due to limited space.
All textbook prices, costs per course and course times are subject to change.

Payment: Students are responsible for full tuition payment within the first month of school.

Financial Aid: A high school student concurrently enrolled in technical school courses is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Student Handbook: Please ensure you read and understand the LATI student handbook.  This can be found online on our website www.lakeareatech.edu. This is your responsibility.

Transcript: You will receive a grade for the course on your LATI transcript and these grades will count towards your GPA. You can request a transcript from LATI by contacting the LATI Registrar. An unofficial transcript is available on your student portal.

Grades and Attendance: Students are responsible to provide grade and attendance information to the High School. You can find daily grades/attendance on eLearning and final grades on the MY PORTAL site.  If you are over the age of 18, you must sign a FERPA form giving your instructors permission to visit with the high school about grades and attendance.

Textbooks: Books may be purchased through the LATI Stax Bookstore and are a separate charge. The necessary textbook information can be found on your student portal once you are registered about a month prior to the start of the semester. Books can also be ordered online through the bookstore or through the LATI website. Contact Stax Bookstore @ 882-5284 Ext. 242 for Marsi, 269 for Jenna, 336 for Darren.

Maximum credits: It is recommended you visit with your high school counselor to ensure graduation requirements.  Any exceptions must be approved by the High School.

Dropping a course: You will have the first 10 days of a semester to drop a class with a full refund.  After that time, you will be required to pay for the entire course. You must contact Lee Quale at qualel@lakeareatech.edu or 882-5284 ext 220 to drop a course. You must also notify your high school.

Withdraw pass (WP): You will have until Midterm of the semester to drop the class with a Withdraw Passing grade.  This does not affect your GPA but you will still be responsible to pay for the course. You must contact Lee Quale and your high school to drop a course. Your high school and DOE will be notified.

Withdraw Fail (WF):  After midterm, if you drop a class, you will receive a WF.  This will affect your GPA the same as an F and will be recorded as a 0 on the 4.0 GPA. You must contact Lee Quale to drop a course. Your high school and DOE will be notified.

Calendar: Students will be required to follow the LATI calendar.  Class start times may be different from your high school and you will want to visit with the instructors regularly to keep up with assignments and testing if you are not able to attend.  Vacation days and snow days may also be different but you will be required to follow the LATI calendar. The calendar is posted on at lakeareatech.edu

Attendance: LATI has a very strict attendance policy.  You are allowed 6 hours absence in a 3 credit class.  Students who are involved in certain extra-curricular activities and must be gone during school time are discouraged from enrolling.

Conduct: You will be expected to conduct yourself according to the high standards set by LATI.  Violations may result in being dropped from LATI.

What other resources are available?

  • Your instructor can help answer questions related to the course you are taking.
  • My Portal questions – 882-5284 ext 275 or 382
  • Password reset and Information Technology Department- 882-5284 ext 280
  • If you feel overwhelmed with the demands of course work- First visit with your instructor and if there are still problems contact Lee Quale 882-5284 ext 220. Lake Area Tech offers free tutoring and counseling.

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As a parent of a potential dual credit student, you most likely have questions regarding your child becoming a dual credit student. Below you’ll find a link to some of the most common questions parents have about this process.

Frequently Asked Questions For Parents of Dual Credit Students

No. Students must complete and submit an application and be accepted to LATI. Applications are accepted beginning September 1, for the following year (some programs have specific deadlines that supersede). Students must meet LATI’s admission standards and are not guaranteed acceptance.
No. Your student can use their login information to share with you, but there is not a parent portal as students are considered college students. LATI complies with all FERPA guidelines and all non-directory information cannot be shared unless the student grants permission. Please see the FERPA permission sheet to obtain permission.
No. Instructors follow the Federal FERPA privacy guidelines when dealing with anyone other than the student. We want each student to become independent and prefer the communication occur between the student and instructor. Dual credit students follow the same standards as LATI students.
No. Parents cannot request a grade report, but the student can view and print their unofficial transcript from the Student Portal. Students can request an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office. Final semester grades will be provided to the high school of record at the end of the semester.
Students should ask their instructors for any assistance or help with concerns. Taking college courses for the first time can be filled with anxiety. Please encourage your child to communicate with the instructor and to remain patient. If your child is still having concerns, LATI provides free tutors, free counseling and other services to help your child be successful. You can find more information about those services on our Educational Services page or our Counseling Services page.


High School Counselors or Administrators
High school counselors or administrators play an important role in helping the high school student become a successful dual credit student. Below are some helpful links to information related to the process.

Career Interest Inventory

Successful Online Student Survey