Progress is Underway!
Progress is underway on the Lake Area Technical College campus! We have not one, but two major building projects happening now: the Diesel expansion project and the Archway project. Bookmark this page for monthly building project updates, traffic adjustments, parking instructions, and more.
September 6, 2023: Partial paving of Arrow Avenue has allowed access back into the MET parking lot. Read more.
Groundbreaking on the Diesel Technology addition took place in June 2022. The new addition will expand the Diesel program’s lab and classroom space to accommodate rapid growth and will enable Lake Area Tech to meet the high-demand workforce needs in the diesel and transportation industry. The 18,000 square-foot addition recently opened for Diesel students.
Updates – September 2023
- Our students are now utilizing the expansion and finishing details will soon be completed.
Diesel Technology Expansion Project
Archway/Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning/Advanced Manufacturing Center
The highly anticipated Archway Complex will tie the campus together via a walkway connecting a new Advanced Manufacturing building and the new Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning that will house the Business, Financial Services, and General Education programs. The two-story 29,000 square-foot Archway/Business Center and the three-story 16,800 square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center are slated to open in Fall 2024. Groundbreaking was held July 12, 2022.
Updates – September 2023
- North Side: Brickwork is complete and interior framing is underway.
- South Side: Floors have been poured and interior work is underway.
- The project is slated to be complete April 2024 and open for students in Fall 2024.
- Archway: Work on the Archway is nearly complete.
September 6, 2023: Partial paving of Arrow Avenue has allowed access back into the MET parking lot.
Please take note: With the heavy traffic around campus, be extremely cautious crossing 3rd Avenue from the North Parking Lot to Lake Area Tech. Drivers are expected to slow down/stop for pedestrians but this does not always happen. Additionally, the sun is low and bright in the morning making it difficult for drivers to see so please be aware of your surroundings and watch closely. If you are a driver, make sure you are watching for pedestrians crossing the street at all times.
Student Parking and Parking Decals
Lake Area Technical College students are required to have an official LATC Parking Decal on their vehicle to park on campus. The Parking Decal fee will be waived this year due to current campus expansion projects. Although the Parking Decals will be free, all students who wish to park on campus must have the decal on their vehicle(s) to avoid a parking ticket. If you do not have the Parking Decal visible on your vehicle, you will be ticketed and fined $50. Please see the campus map below to locate available parking during construction.
If you choose to park off-campus, please do not park in front of the neighboring residents’ mailboxes. There will be a fine from the city of Watertown. Overnight parking will not be allowed at any time.
The Lake Area Tech parking lots will be patrolled Monday through Friday from 7 am – 2 pm starting Tuesday, September 5th. All vehicles parked in a patrolled lot will need to have an LATC parking decal visible. Parking decals are to be placed on the OUTSIDE of the vehicle’s back window, driver’s side.
Two parking lots are unpatrolled and are open to all LATC students, dual credit high school students and Northeast Technical High School students. The North Parking Lot (north side of 3rd Ave NE) and the Bogue Parking Lot (corner of Bogue Ave and 13th St NE) do not require parking decals. However, a ticket may be issued for improper parking.
Registration for Decals/Temporary Permits
Students are to register their primary vehicle for a parking decal through MyPortal. Decals will be routed to the student’s program for pick-up in 1 – 2 business days. If a student needs to bring an alternate vehicle to campus, the student can park in one of the unpatrolled lots or request a temporary parking permit through the portal. For convenience, the student will be able to select from 6 locations to pick up their temporary permit.
Temporary Parking Permit Pick Up Locations:
- MET/Ag Building – Bonita Briggs
- Admissions Office – April Simon
- Registration/Financial Aid Office – Krystal Kadoun
- Library – Nikki Christensen
- Prairie Lakes Health Center (north end of campus) – Holly Miller
- Auto & Construction Building – Jessicca Geerdes
The objective for the parking decals and temporary permits is to ensure only LATC students are using the patrolled parking lots.
Link to request parking decals and temporary parking permits: https://my.lakeareatech.edu/ICS/Student/My_Vehicle.jnz
Please register your vehicle for the free parking decal if you will be on campus during patrolling hours (Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 2 PM).