Watertown, SD —  The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation announced last evening the receipt of a 3.1 million gift from Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.  The donation not only kicks-off the Lake Area Tech Foundation Capital Campaign but also is the first-ever donation for naming rights of a campus building.  Lake Area Tech President Mike Cartney says the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Center of Learning will house all current and future Lake Area Tech Healthcare programs and labs.

Cartney says construction of the healthcare building is part of a larger overall campus plan to accommodate a growing LATI community where space has become limited.  The Prairie Lakes Healthcare Center of Learning construction is anticipated to begin in 2019 and will be located at the north end of the campus and connected to an already existing building. PLHS CEO Jill Fuller says the projected shortages of healthcare professionals is a real concern and their support is a winfor the community and other regional healthcare providers.  LATI is currently at an all-time high enrollment of 2,500 students. To receive naming rights the donor must provide 51 percent of he cost of construction..