Titan Machinery Donates GPS System to Lake Area Tech’s Diesel Program

WATERTOWN, SD – An innovative donation from Titan Machinery in Watertown will offer Lake Area Tech’s Diesel Technology students valuable hands-on experience with the latest global positioning technology.  Through the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation, the company has donated a Trimble GPS System for installation in a Case Puma tractor to complement LATI’s existing technology. “We recognize that it’s important …

Latest Placement Report Reveals Continued High Rates at Lake Area Tech

WATERTOWN, SD – Lake Area Tech has completed its employment survey of the 2013 graduates and is reporting that after just six months, 98% of the graduates are employed or are continuing their education.  Of those continuing their education, a majority have returned specifically to Lake Area Tech to complete the second year of their nursing degree or pick up …

Med/Fire Rescue Program Earns Accreditation

WATERTOWN, SD – The National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications approved Lake Area Technical Institute for accreditation for its Med/Fire Rescue program. The accreditation includes the following levels and standards: NFPA472, Hazardous Materials Awareness, 2008 Edition NFPA 472, Hazardous Materials Operations – CORE Competencies and mission Specific Competencies: Product Control and Personal Protective Equipment, 2008 Edition NFPA 1001, Firefighter …

All-Campus Read Event Kicks Off at LATI

Watertown, SD – The second-annual All-Campus Read at Lake Area Tech kicks off on Wednesday, February 19. The event was established last year in an effort to encourage reading for fun. “All-Campus Read was organized to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading,” explained LATI Librarian Nicki Yackley-Franken. “Our goal is to encourage Lake Area Tech students and staff to read for …

LATI Receives IRS Honors; Offers Free Tax Filing Services

In recognition of its contributions during the 2013 tax filing season, Lake Area Technical Institute has been named the South Dakota VITA Site of the Year by the Internal Revenue Service. For more than 20 years, second-year students in LATI’s Financial Services program have participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that offers free basic income tax filing …

Lake Area Tech Sees Record Growth

Lake Area Tech announces that spring enrollment has increased 4.5% over the previous year. To date, 1539 students are enrolled at Lake Area Tech. The overall combined numbers of fall and spring semester, along with the upcoming summer session, should put Lake Area Tech near the 1900 mark for total students for the 2013-14 year. Lake Area Tech President Shephard …

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 …