Because Robotic Technicians are desperately needed, the South Dakota Governor’s Office and South Dakota Legislature created a Critical Needs Workforce Scholarship, available the fall of 2014. Students accepted into the Robotics E-Degree program are eligible for federal financial aid and also can sign up for an automatic $4000 scholarship, awarded in installments over the course of their program. Scholarship recipients agree to work as a technician in South Dakota for three years after graduation. Scholarship information and application materials are available here.
As a Robotics E-Degree student, you'll take online courses through LATI's eLearning system. You will also spend approximately 1 day a week (5-6 hrs.) doing lab and project work on the Lake Area Tech campus. That's right. You will still be on campus!
LATI E-degrees are offered in "hybrid" form – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. With hybrid education, you get the flexibility of online courses and the opportunity to work with LATI instructors on experience building projects.
At a part-time pace, you should be able to complete the Robotics E-Degree in 36 months.
Automated systems have improved safety and efficiency in transportation, agriculture, mining, earth/space exploration, weaponry, surgery, laboratory research, and the mass production of consumer and industrial goods. With the constant influx of new technology, industry depends on specialized technicians to keep robotic systems effective and running.
To prepare you for employment in this high-tech world, Lake Area has invested in a new Robotics lab and the latest equipment. You can expect active, hands-on learning, as well as plenty of close interaction with live industry.
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