Mount Marty College and Lake Area Technical Institute Simplify Transfer for LATI Students Seeking Bachelor’s Degrees

December 9, 2016

Jennifer Bondurant

Mount Marty College (MMC) based in Yankton, South Dakota, with a secondary campus in Watertown, South Dakota, and Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown are working together to help ease the college transition for students who want to gain their bachelor’s degrees at MMC after completing associate degrees at LATI. Under a newly signed articulation agreement, students enrolled in an academic degree program at LATI who complete all requirements for their designated Associate in Applied Science degree may transfer to MMC to complete the corresponding bachelor’s degree program.

“Lake Area Tech is pleased to partner with Mount Marty College on this endeavor as the two institutions continue to move forward on Watertown’s H2020 ‘Learn Local’ agenda,” says LATI President Mike Cartney. “Articulation agreements like this will allow Lake Area Tech graduates to pursue a seamless transition to a four-year post-secondary education right here in Watertown.”

For MMC and LATI, the agreement represents an educational partnership that both are eager to make official.

“We are excited about the articulation agreement with LATI,” says Jane Wood, academic dean at MMC. “We value LATI as a partner in the educational process at Watertown and look forward to supporting ongoing education of South Dakotans in the Watertown region.”

With the new agreement, transfer students can expect to have all approved LATI courses that carry a passing grade accepted by MMC toward their major. They will also enjoy the same rights and privileges as students indigenous to that discipline at MMC who are juniors when the transfer occurs.

Lesli Jutting, superintendent of schools of the Watertown School District, which oversees LATI, notes the importance of the agreement in preparing students for an ever-changing workforce.

“The jobs of today require more training than in the past that can only be benefitted by this type collaborative effort,” Jutting says. “An additional benefit is keeping our young people in Watertown and the region by having LATI and Mount Marty Watertown located here. This agreement is a win-win for our students, community, region, LATI and Mount Marty.”

The following LATI associate degrees will transfer to MMC bachelor’s degrees:

  • A.A.S. in Financial Services (Business Accounting option) to Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • A.A.S. in Business (Marketing/Management option) to Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Management emphasis)
  • A.A.S. in Law Enforcement to Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Human Services Technician (Activity Technician/Mental Health, Youth Offender, Developmental Disabilities and Child Development options) to Bachelor of Arts in Human Service
  • A.A.S. in Practical Nursing to Bachelor to Science in Nursing (Yankton)

The official signing took place at 4 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 8, in a signing ceremony held in Watertown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lesli Jutting’s office. It was also announced during halftime of the Varsity Women’s Lancer Basketball game last night at the Watertown Civic Arena.

Lake Area Technical Institute was founded in 1965 as the first technical school in South Dakota. Today, the institute has 28 programs, including 12 online degrees, 2,000+ enrolled students and 20,000+ graduates, 81 percent of whom have stayed to live and work in South Dakota. To learn more about LATI, visit

To learn more about the majors and programs available at MMC in Watertown and Yankton visit


Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty College is a Catholic, Benedictine school of higher education located along the bluffs of the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota, with additional locations in Watertown and Sioux Falls. Mount Marty offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with particular focus on student and alumni success in high-demand fields such as health sciences, education, criminal justice, business, accounting, recreation management and more. A community of learners in the Benedictine tradition, Mount Marty emphasizes academic excellence and develops well-rounded students with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and moral, spiritual and social values. To learn more, visit