New Director of Assessment and Accountability on board
The Department of Education is excited to welcome its newest division director to the table. Abby Javurek-Humig took over the helm as Director of the Division of Assessment and Accountability last month. Javurek-Humig is a Pierre native, moving back to South Dakota from New Mexico, where she worked in postsecondary education.

Three South Dakota elementaries earn Blue Ribbon status
Congratulations to Groton Area Elementary, Parker Elementary and Wall Elementary! Those three schools recently earned Blue Ribbon status under a U.S. Department of Education program.
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LATI named Aspen finalist for second consecutive year

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown is one of four two-year colleges nationwide to be named as a Top Ten Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence two years in a row. Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, the prize recognizes the most outstanding institutions for achievements in student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success.

LATI now enters the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington, D.C., to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction. Lake Area Tech was a recipient of one of the four finalists- with-distinction awards in last year’s competition.

At nearly 76 percent, LATI has one of the highest graduation and transfer rates of any community college in the U.S. Its rigid program structure and strong focus on student advising enables a clear progression through courses. With exemplary workforce training programs in 27 different areas from aviation mechanics to welding, 98 percent of LATI graduates secure jobs or pursue further education within one year of graduation.

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