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Laptop Information

All Lake Area Technical College students must have a laptop. Purchasing a laptop at the Lake Area Tech Stax Bookstore is required of students in specific programs, but we encourage all students to consider buying theirs through Stax.  If you are a student enrolled in a company sponsored program or receiving a Build Dakota Scholarship please check with the Lake Area Tech Foundation Office to see if the laptop is covered as part of the agreement.

Programs requiring students to purchase a laptop through the bookstore include:

Lenovo ThinkPad E16 Gen 1

  • Energy Operations/Energy Technology

Lenovo ThinkPad P16s Gen 2

  • Electronic Systems Technology
  • Precision Machining
  • Robotics
  • Computer Information Systems (or compatible system approved by CIS instructor)
  • Photography/Media (or compatible system approved by Photography instructor)

If your program is not listed above, you are still required to have a laptop for class that is compatible with one of the models offered by Lake Area Tech. However, purchasing a laptop from the Stax Bookstore is not mandatory. (See below for specs)

Computer Spec Sheet Combined 1

**Lake Area Tech does not support Chromebooks


Do you need help with your Computer?

Professionally trained individuals are available at the Service Desk to assist with issues, questions, or minor repairs encountered with your Lake Area Tech laptop. The Service Desk is located in the IT Department.

Want a Laptop, but not Required?

If you are a student enrolled in any program at Lake Area Tech and would like to purchase a laptop, you may do so by contacting the Stax Bookstore. Network/internet usage will be available at no charge when on campus.

What Do I Do if My Laptop is Stolen?

A stolen laptop will be treated as a criminal offense and should be reported to the IT Department immediately. The IT Department will be able to provide local law enforcement with the information needed. Students will be required to complete a theft report with the Watertown Police Department. Students are responsible for their laptop.

What if My Laptop Gets Damaged?

Students are responsible for repair charges on damaged laptops not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty or the manufacturer’s Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) warranty.

Should I Insure My Laptop?

We highly recommend that students insure their laptop above and beyond the Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) warranty against theft, loss or damage. This can usually be done by adding a rider on a homeowner’s/renter’s policy.

Further Questions? Stop into the Information Technology Department or email Service.Desk@lakeareatech.edu.