S.D. colleges approve transfer agreement.
Officials representing LATI, the state board of regents, the Watertown school board and the South Dakota 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. 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.