LATI Wind Turbine Goes Up East of Watertown

The energy programs at Lake Area Technical Institute have a hot new arrival – a fully operational mini wind turbine to be used for training and power production. Thanks to a Congressionally Directed Energy Technology Grant, LATI was able to purchase the turbine along with several other breakthrough energy training devices in time for the 2011-2012 school year. With installation, …

TURBINE BLADE TO BE USED AS A TRAINING AID

A damaged wind-turbine blade has found a new home in the Energy Lab at Lake Area Technical Institute. The blade, from a turbine north of Elkton, was donated to the school after a well-aimed lighting strike ruined three-quarters of its colossal 200 foot span.  Technicians on the MN Dakota Wind Project removed the blade and carefully separated a 50 foot …

LATI Receives National Recognition for Community Service

May 20, 2011  Washington, D.C.                  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has selected Lake Area Technical Institute as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.  Lake Area Tech was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful …

LAKE AREA TECH RANKED TOP 10% IN THE NATION

Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize Fund  Supporting Excellence; High Profile “jury” To Select Winners; Top Foundations Behind New Venture Impacting Six Million Students  WASHINGTON, DC  APRIL 26, 2011         In its first step to identify the nation’s best community colleges and award $1 million in prize money, the Aspen Institute College …

Programming Specialist makes “Least Stressful Jobs” List

Computer programmers ranked number four in CareerCast’s “10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2011”: http://www.careercast.com/content/10-least-stressful-jobs-2011-4-computer-programmer The site chose the best “low daily level of stress” jobs, with computer programming standing out as a salaried position in a growing field. The site also said that the computer industry is “clamoring” for qualified candidates who have “specialized training”, and that programmers have the …

No job shortage in Electronics/Robotics

Check out the ADVERTISED POSITIONS for Electronics/Robotics grads!!! There are currently 36 positions, and 23 enrolled students. Graduates will have plenty of options, not only with jobs—but with location. Robotics instructor Gina Grant says that MOST of the advertised jobs are in the area, but there are also a few in Sioux Falls, Fargo, and the Twin Cities. Of last …

LAKE AREA TECH GETS HIGH MARKS WITH 2010 PLACEMENT RATES

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 WATERTOWN, SD Lake Area Tech has completed its employment survey of the 2010 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 to Lake Area Tech to complete the second year of their nursing degree or pick …

Precision Machining Crew Creates Mobility Device for Watertown Girls

Thanks to the efforts of Lake Area Tech Precision Machining students Kyle Knouse, Ray Meyer, Brent Summers and program instructor John Rider, two Watertown children now have the opportunity for greater mobility. Trinity Miller, now a 7th grader, and her younger sister Carrigan, were both born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The girls, daughters of Kevin and Sharon Miller of Watertown, …

LAKE AREA TECH REACHES ALL-TIME ENROLLMENT RECORD

JANUARY 21, 2011 WATERTOWN, SD….. According to Lake Area Technical Institute President Deb Shephard, LATI has achieved an all-time record for spring semester total enrollment. With 1383 students, the school has experienced a 6% enrollment increase compared to the previous spring semester. Lake Area Tech President Shephard comments, “This growth puts us right on track for over 1600 students enrolled …

Students Are Finalists In US/Canadian Comptetition

Representing the state of South Dakota, Lake Area Tech students Ross Weseloh and Brian Berg were among the top ten team finalists in Thursday’s 2010 CISCO Networking NetRiders Skills Competition. The NetRiders competition uses a series of specially designed exams and simulation activities to showcase student’s talent in the growing ITC and networking fields. Weseloh and Berg are both second …