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Dual Credit Enrollment

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 College
  • 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 Lake Area Tech (on-campus and/or online) and potentially earn college credit toward your desired career area. Click on these links for more information:

2021 Spring Course Offerings (For planning purposes only – may change for the 2021-2022 school year)

2021 Summer Course Offerings

2021 Fall Course Offerings

Dual Credit Application

Click here to complete the online Dual Credit Application.

Information needed in addition to your online application.  Your application will not be processed until the following materials are submitted:

  • Complete the Dual Credit Approval Form.
  • This form must be signed by the student, a parent/guardian, and a school official. Please print and submit via email, mail or fax.
  • High School Transcript
  • Registration for any course marked with a T (ENGL101T, MATH114T, PSYC101T, SPCM101T, ECON201/202T, SOC100T, etc.) will need verification of qualification based on the SD Board of Regents GPA, class rank or ACT/Accuplacer/Smarter Balance testing requirements. MATH114T must have a 20 MATH ACT, 255 QAS Math Accuplacer or a 3 on the Smarter Balance math portion. ENGL101T must have an 18 English ACT, 263 Writing Accuplacer or 3 on the Smarter Balance English portion. Please provide either an ACT, Accuplacer or smarter balance score if it is not included on your transcript. This information can be emailed, mailed, or faxed to Lee Quale, contact information below. You will not be registered for courses until these materials are received. Once all information is submitted and your application is processed you will receive a emailed confirmation with your username and password to access your course schedule and additional portal and email information. We are excited to have you as a Lake Area Tech student and hope you have a terrific experience!

    Thank you!

    Lee Quale
    Dual Credit Coordinator
    Lake Area Technical College
    1201 Arrow Avenue
    PO Box 730
    Watertown, SD 57201
    (605) 882-5284 Ext. 220
    (800) 657-4344

CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses

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As state-sponsored dual credit, courses can be used to enhance approved high school CTE programs, the CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses document, lists eligible state-sponsored dual credit courses, categorized by career cluster. This new resource is geared to assist educators and students as they consider using dual credit courses as CTE courses for career planning and to meet graduation requirements.

CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses is posted on the SDMyLife Dual Credit page under “Resources”.


For schools to apply any of these listed state-sponsored dual credit courses to meet graduation requirements as approved CTE, the following criteria must be met:

  • The school already has an approved CTE program (can be any of the 16 career clusters).
  • The dual credit course is offered within an approved CTE program. Your CTE regional specialist may assist you on the CTE program approval process.
  • The dual credit course is taken through a state-sponsored dual credit program.

This updated policy is listed on page 12 (Q16) of the High School Graduation Requirements Handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions For Accepted Students

Specific instructions for Online 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 Lake Area Tech 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.

What if I am struggling with or do not understand what is expected in my course?

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. 

What if I have taken too many credits or want to add additional credits?

You will have 10 days into the semester to drop a class. It will be difficult to add a course after classes begin, however you may speak with Lee or Eric (contact information below) regarding adding another class.

Is my registration and bill correct?

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).

Lake Area Tech Dual Credit Contacts:

How do I pay for my credits?

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 College and mail to:

Lake Area Technical College
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.

What other information should I know?

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 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 Lake Area Tech’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 Lake Area Tech 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 Lake Area Tech transcript and these grades will count towards your GPA. You can request a transcript from Lake Area Tech by contacting the Lake Area Tech 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 Lake Area Tech 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 Lake Area Tech 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 Lake Area Tech 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 Lake Area Tech calendar. The calendar is posted on at lakeareatech.edu

Attendance: Lake Area Tech has a very strict attendance policy.  You are allowed 6 hours absence in a 3 credit class. Online students must participate regularly and complete assignments by established deadlines or risk being dropped. 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 Lake Area Tech.  Violations may result in being dropped from Lake Area Tech.

What other resources are available?

  • Your instructor can help answer questions related to the course you are taking.
  • My Portal or ELearning questions – Innovation Center: 882-5284 ext 275 or 344
  • Password reset and Information Technology Department- 882-5284 ext 280
  • If you feel overwhelmed with the demands of course work, 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

Will my son or daughter be guaranteed entrance next year to Lake Area Tech if they are a dual credit student?

No. Students must complete and submit an application and be accepted to Lake Area Tech. Applications are accepted beginning September 1, for the following year (some programs have specific deadlines that supersede). Students must meet Lake Area Tech’s admission standards and are not guaranteed acceptance.

Do I have access to my son or daughter’s academic records?

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. Lake Area Tech 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.

Can I contact my child’s instructor regarding course content assignments and/or grading policies?

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 Lake Area Tech students.

Can I request a grade report?

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.

What route should I take if I am trying to assist my son or daughter with their Lake Area Tech homework?

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, Lake Area Tech 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