President Shephard Announces June Retirement

President Deb Shephard has announced her intent to retire from Lake Area Technical Institute the end of June 2014.  Shephard has been employed by Lake Area Tech in several different capacities for the past 35 years, and the past seven years as President. Shephard comments, “It has been my privilege to work with so many outstanding administrators, school boards, and …

LATI One of 25 Top U.S. Community Colleges

Create a Career has ranked Lake Area Tech 9th on its recent list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.  The ranked colleges were selected based on a comparison of studies and ratings as well as overall quality, reputation, student success, program availability, and student support. Read the article here: http://createacareer.org/best-community-colleges-united-states/

Greg Klein Named South Dakota Technician of the Year by the FAA

WATERTOWN, SD – Lake Area Technical Institute Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor Greg Klein was named the South Dakota Technician of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration at a presentation held at LATI’s Aviation Maintenance department yesterday. Klein was selected for the award based on dedication to his field, experience, involvement as an FAA representative, and  his work as a …

Landscaping Efforts Produce Long-Term Impacts

WATERTOWN, SD – Students in Lake Area Tech’s Intro to Range Management and Plants class stepped out of the classroom and up to the challenge of enhancing the new Ag Center’s landscaping.  This wasn’t a typical landscaping job, however. The well-focused native plant lab includes plants and grasses that are native to this area. “By incorporating native plants and grasses into …

LATI Named a 2014 Military Friendly School ®

WATERTOWN, SD – For the fourth consecutive year, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure …

LAKE AREA TECH REACHES A DECADE OF ENROLLMENT GROWTH

WATERTOWN, SD – For the tenth consecutive year, Lake Area Tech has surpassed its record fall semester enrollment with a new total of 1593 students. That number is a 5.6% increase over last fall semester’s enrollment of 1508 students. The increase is driven by a strong returning upperclassman count of 654 students, which is a 10.3% increase over last fall …

Lake Area Tech Ranked Number One for Graduation Rate

Watertown, SD – The Chronicle of Higher Education named Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown the number one public two-year college in the nation for graduation rates. LATI’s 73.5 percent graduation rate more than triples the national average of 20.4 percent for public two-year colleges. Lake Area Tech was also 13.7 percentage points higher than the number two public two-year …

3M Awards Lake Area Tech Two Manufacturing Grants

WATERTOWN, SD – Officials at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown announced today that two grants totaling $110,000 from 3M will be used at LATI to generate interest and increase student enrollment in manufacturing career programs. “3M is pleased to partner with LATI and area manufacturers on this program that will increase the college’s ability to train more students using …

Lake Area Tech Once Again Designated a “Great College to Work For”

Distinction by The Chronicle of Higher Education Includes Special Honor Roll Status Watertown, SD – For the fifth consecutive year, Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the latest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released today in The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, …

Lake Area Tech Students Place at National Competition

WATERTOWN, SD – Lake Area Technical Institute Computer Information Systems student Kris Marten, Goodwin, SD placed first in the Internetworking competition during the post-secondary SkillsUSA Championship held June 24-28 in Kansas City, MO. The first place ranking earned Marten a gold medal as well as cash and prizes from the computer industry that support SkillsUSA. Six LATI Building Trades students …