S.D. colleges approve transfer agreement.
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) -- Students earning two-year degrees at Lake Area Technical Institute Lake Area Technical Institute is a respected technical institute in the northeast region of South Dakota. Located in Watertown, SD, the campus lies on 30 acres of land, which is home to seven buildings that are completely occupied with the latest technology. will have more options for transferring those credits toward a bachelor's degree program under an arrangement recently approved.
Officials representing LATI, the state board of regents, the Watertown school board and the South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). Board of Education were among those signing the agreement.
Because credits don't transfer easily under the existing system, some students choose to attend school in Minnesota or at a private institution instead of a public university in South Dakota, officials said.
"This starts a real partnership to focus on how to benefit the students," said Harvey Jewett, president of the regents.
Most of the initial 13 program-to-program agreements will be with South Dakota State University South Dakota State University, at Brookings; land-grant support; coeducational; chartered 1883 as Dakota Agricultural College, opened 1884. In 1907 it became South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and in 1964 its present name was adopted. . Areements on specific transfer programs with the other five public universities in the state also are being pursued.
Gary Williams, LATI director, said the agreement does not change the school's focus of offering two-year degrees in technical fields.
But it will give more choices to students who either want to go into the work force and then pursue further schooling or who go directly to a four-year institution, he said.
"This is an opportunity for us to open doors for the students of South Dakota," Williams said.