The Advantages of Coursework at Lake Area Technical Institute

Like many area residents, college student Brooke Kuecker recognizes the value of Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, South Dakota. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kuecker completed a dental program at the school and earned an associate degree. The state’s first technical school, founded in 1965, LATI has graduated more than 16,000 students, 98 percent of whom are working or, like Brooke Kuecker, continuing their education. More than half the Institute’s students receive federal Pell grants to offset costs.

LATI offers 29 programs, including dental, nursing, law enforcement, aviation, and robotics curricula. Students also can enroll in 13 online programs to earn e-degrees. While most courses of study are full-time at LATI, the school does provide several part-time options. The excellent faculty selected for the Institute typically held positions in the fields in which they teach and have maintained contacts. Thus, they complement their teaching with practical guidance.

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