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Lake Area Tech Earns Top 10 Military Friendly® School Designation

Posted on: March 28, 2024   |   Category: News
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For Immediate Release
MARCH 28, 2024

WATERTOWN, SD – Officials at Lake Area Technical College announced today that the school has earned the 2024-2025 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation among similar-sized two-year colleges across the country. This is the 14th year Lake Area Tech has received the Military Friendly® School award and the first time it has obtained Top 10 status.

The designation is recognition for Lake Area Tech having meaningful and sustained education paths for the military community. The college is currently serving 107 students who are military-connected. Twenty-one Lake Area Technical College employees are veterans or actively serving in the guard or reserves.

“I am proud that Lake Area Tech is once again recognized as being a top Military Friendly® school in the nation,” said Lake Area Technical College President Tiffany Sanderson. “This designation reflects the appreciation we have for our service men and women as they pursue their educational and career aspirations.”

Lake Area Tech has a dedicated Veteran Services office designed to support military students. The office representatives work one-on-one with military members to ensure their transition from military life to student life is as seamless as possible. Lake Area Tech’s military-friendly community provides a solid foundation for employment in today’s high-demand fields.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated on data related to success in student retention, graduation, career placement, loan repayment, educational persistence (degree advancement or transfer), and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-2025 survey with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2024-2025 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found online at www.militaryfriendly.com. For more information about Lake Area Tech’s student veteran services, visit https://www.lakeareatech.edu/.

About Lake Area Technical College                
Founded in 1965 as the first technical college in South Dakota, Lake Area Technical College offers comprehensive technical education in 31 high-demand fields. Lake Area Tech has been nationally recognized as a leader in technical education with a strong record of success: 

  • More than 2,600 students
  • Nearly 23,000 graduates
  • 99% of graduates are employed or continuing education
  • 84% of graduates live and work in South Dakota
  • 2017 recipient of the National Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

For more information www.lakeareatech.edu