Impressive Outcomes:

74% graduation/transfer rate, among highest in the nation (compared to 39% nationally)

99% of graduates are employed after graduation

Five years after graduating, students earn 27% more than all workers in the region

Lake Area Technical Institute

Location: Watertown, SD Number of Students: 1,894 2017 Aspen Prize Winner
Lake Area Technical Institute excels at educating just under 2,000 students annually for careers in the regional economy of eastern South Dakota. Industry is woven into the campus fabric more tightly at LATI than perhaps anywhere else in the country, ensuring that students have both the technical and professional skills to excel in high-demand jobs across the region. Ninety-nine percent of new graduates are employed, 81 percent stay in the state, and graduates earn very strong wages.