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Posted on: February 8, 2016   |   Category: News

JANUARY 29, 2016   WATERTOWN, SD Lake Area Technical College President Mike Cartney proudly announces that LATI enrollment continues its remarkable upward trend this spring semester, topping last years’ numbers by 6%. With 342 students entering new programs this spring, the overall enrollment so far this year is 2138 students, which officially launches the college well beyond the significant two thousand student mark.

President Cartney comments, “We are excited to have over 2,100 students enrolled. Our continued growth is good for the college, community and the region, and in turn benefits the workforce.”  In addition to President Obama’s visit, our growth in the technically skilled workforce programs can be attributed to the foresight of Governor Daugaard and T Denny Sanford in establishing the full–ride Build Dakota Scholarship program.”  Students who are awarded the scholarship receive a free education with a commitment to work in South Dakota.

Cartney continues, “Lake Area Technical College is privileged to experience the continued growth and overwhelming success of its graduates. Very few colleges throughout the country can say they have had twelve consecutive years of growth. Our success is attributed to our exceptional staff, the great partnerships we have with business and industry, and strong community and statewide support.”

Lake Area Technical College was also notified that they have been chosen, for the fourth consecutive time, as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges making them eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  Lake Area Technical College has been awarded an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Finalist with Distinction in 2011, 2013, and 2015.