What year did you graduate? 1994
What program did you graduate from? Office Systems Technology
Where are you currently employed? Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC
When was the last time you visited Campus? About a month ago
Why did you choose Lake Area Technical Institute? When I graduated High School, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I was always interested in administration as I like to plan events, organize meetings, etc. I decided LATI was for me as it was close to home, had the program I was interested in, and at the time, I could transfer to USD as a Junior Business Major which was something I was interested in.
What was your favorite thing about Lake Area Tech? I liked the class to teacher ratio and how the teachers seemed to really care about students and wanted them to succeed. I also was exposed to many opportunities while at LATI. I also loved dance classes with Carl Tesch, then Diesel Instructor! There was always so much to do and I liked being active.
What was the biggest lesson you learned at Lake Area Tech? I actually was hired at LATI after graduation and I worked in the Alumni and Foundation office. I had an excellent mentor/supervisor who was an English Teacher and taught me so much about writing, marketing, etc. Speech class also stands out in mind. I learned so much from my instructor on presenting to an audience, speech content, etc. I also was exposed to so many new opportunities and new areas. I attribute my education and work experience at LATI to where I am today as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
What made you want to continue your education? The workforce can be a tough place when it comes to career advancement. I knew additional education after high school was a must. And, when I graduated LATI, they gave me my first job which gave me a good solid base of knowledge which has helped me advance to my current position today.
What advice would you give a current Lake Area Tech student? I would encourage all students to make the most of your time at LATI. Explore activities and opportunities, make friends, and stay focused. LATI is a top notch school.
What makes you proud to be an Alumni of Lake Area Tech? I always knew LATI was an outstanding school and that was confirmed when they were chosen as the top school in the nation via the Aspen Award!
What advice can you give to Lake Area Tech students that will be entering the work force? I would advise students to stay in touch with your instructors. They are a great resource as you are for them too. Put your knowledge to good use and be proud of your education!