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2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Awarded to South Dakota’s Lake Area Technical Institute

MARCH 14, 2017 One Million Dollar Prize Recognizes Excellence in: Learning, Degree Completion, Minority and Low-Income Student Success, and Employment and Earnings Follow us on Twitter: @AspenHigherEd, #AspenPrize Contacts: Tiffany Yoon, 202-736-2531 | Tiffany.Yoon@aspeninstitute.org Bridget DeSimone, 301-280-5735 | Bdesimone@burness.com Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced today that Lake Area Technical Institute  [ more ]

Glacial Lakes Energy Is Ready To Roll

Have you noticed the line up of rail cars at Glacial Lakes Energy? Glacial Lakes Energy Director of Commodities and Risk Management Brad Schultz said today that their first 96 car unit train is ready to leave Watertown with ethanol and distiller grain product, headed to Houston, Texas later this weekend. On February 20th, another  [ more ]

All-Day Kindergarten To Begin Next Fall

By Dan Crisler, Public Opinion Staff Writer |   Jan 10, 2017  Beginning next school year, many of Watertown’s youngest students will attend kindergarten all day and every day. The unanimous decision made by the Watertown Board of Education Monday night culminated a process that gained serious momentum near the beginning of the school year last  [ more ]

Remarkable story, and not done yet

By Watertown Public Opinion guest columnist Jill Fuller Prairie Lakes Healthcare System recently announced a $40 million building project to expand services for our community. The project includes a new specialty clinic building, east entrance canopy, and helipad relocation. Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic will be home to specialty services, including cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, nephrology,  [ more ]

Aviation Students Earn First Place Honors at Competition

November 22, 2016 WATERTOWN, SD – Two students from Lake Area Technical Institute’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVM) program earned first place awards at the recent 2016 Midwest Aviation Invitational held in Ottumwa, Iowa, hosted by Indian Hills Community College at its campus adjacent to the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Kyle Riegel, a second-year student from Fairmont,  [ more ]

Watertown Development Company Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

WASHINGTON, DC Sept. 28, 2016 – The Watertown Development Company (WDC) of Watertown, SD, received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2016 project in the category of General Purpose Website from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the IEDC  [ more ]

Watertown Development Company And City Announce Purchase Of Land For Industrial Development

Watertown S.D., September 20th, 2016: The Watertown Development Company (WDC) has announced plans to build a new industrial park that could bring more than 500 jobs to Watertown. The WDC and the city of Watertown is investing $1.5 million into the 110-acre park. The purchase will include 80 acres of land south of Wal-Mart and  [ more ]

Lake Area Tech Is Still Making National Headlines

Lake Area Technical Institute ranked number five on the Top 10 Best Value Online Community Colleges as compiled by CollegeStart. To arrive at the rankings, CollegeStart considered the in-state tuition for each college and also used data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the United States Department of Education’s Institute of Education  [ more ]

WDC Presents At GOED Conference

Approximately 360 economic developers, business leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Sioux Falls last month for the annual Governor’s Economic Development Conference. The conference was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Giant Vision competition, and co-sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the conference  [ more ]

Watertown Development Company Approves Nearly $14,000 In Matching Funds For Workforce Development

The Watertown Development Company (WDC) recently approved nearly $14,000 in matching funds to three area companies for workforce development. The funds allow 48 employees to enhance their skills in Lean Manufacturing, with a portion of the employees receiving advanced training in Lean, including Lean Certification. The funds come from the Attract & Enhance Program offered  [ more ]