Lake Area Technical College

Established in 1965, Lake Area Technical College is one of four post-secondary technical colleges in South Dakota. Nationally recognized as the #1 two-year community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute in March 2017, Lake Area Tech offers 30 programs of interest, many of which are also offered as e-degrees. Our modern campus sits on 40 acres in the family-friendly community of Watertown, SD. Recently classes began in our new healthcare facility that allows our health programs to be housed in closer proximity to each other. This expansion also allowed other programs in our existing facilities to expand.

Why you should attend?

We are grateful for the service of our military men and women! We appreciate their dedication to our nation and we are here to help them build on their military experience by continuing their education at Lake Area Tech. Our retention, graduation, and placement rates are among the highest in the nation with 99% of our graduates either employed, in the military, or continuing their education. Our Veteran Services staff members work one-on-one with military members to help make the transition from boots to books as seamless as possible. Lake Area Tech's hometown feel and military-friendly community provides a first-class foundation for employment in today's high-demand fields.

Top Degrees

Agricultural Power Machinery Operation
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist
Energy Management & Systems Technology
Financial Planning & Services
Services Administration
Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse
Welding Technology

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

Tuition & Institution Information

In State Out of State
Tuition $3,630 $3,630
Fees $3,232 $3,232
Room $2,080 $2,080
Board $5,050 $5,050
Books $1,460 $1,460
Other Expenses $3,040 $3,040
Totals $18,492 $18,492
In State Out of State
Tuition $0 $0
Fees $0 $0
Room $0 $0
Board $0 $0
Books $0 $0
Other Expenses $0 $0
Totals N/A N/A