Lake Area Technical Institute named as finalist for award

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - The community college where President Obama delivered a commencement speech last year is once again a finalist for a prestigious high education award.

Lake Area Technical Institute is one of 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

It's the fourth time the institute has been named among the top 10, having finished as a finalist with distinction in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Other community colleges listed as finalists for the 2017 prize include Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California; and Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.

The institute's president, Mike Cartney, credited the community college's good standing to the superintendent and school board's leadership as well as engagement from the community.

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