Talent Pipelines

College & Tech Schools

Higher Education

Businesses in our community benefit from a highly educated, dedicated workforce with a reputation of being hard workers. Aberdeen produces a qualified workforce annually. We have a great pipeline from Northern State University and Lake Area Tech.

Higher Education

Northern State University

3,344 Enrolled Students

Since 1901, Northern has been committed to academic and extracurricular excellence. Today, they offer nationally accredited academic programs in arts and sciences, business, fine arts and teacher education.

Northern also offers educational opportunities for upskilling employees. Many individuals in the area and business who wish to help upskill employees connect with Online & Continuing Education opportunities. Whether it's a single course, or degree program, Northern gives you what you need most: options.


2-year tech school

Lake Area Technical College

2,655 Enrolled Students

Lake Area Technical College is located in Watertown, South Dakota but works with many businesses in our area to supply us with skilled and educated workers. Founded in 1965 as the first technical school in South Dakota, Lake Area Tech now has 31 programs (including hybrid, online E-Degrees), 2,600+ enrolled students, and a living record of success.

Employers from our region enjoy partnering with Lake Area Technical College on a number of fronts such as the Build Dakota Scholarship, upskilling opportunities, creating registered apprenticeships, and more.


Additional Education Opportunities

Adult Education

Cornerstones provides no-cost adult education. Anyone who needs to improve their academic skills to high school graduate level is eligible. Adult Basic Education classes are offered to students to prepare for the GED exam, improve advanced English skills, and as a review before post-secondary education if they already have a high school diploma or GED. Cornerstones also provides free English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes (also known as English as a Second Language or ESL) to help students speak, read, and write English.

K-12 Public Education

Aberdeen Public School District

4,200 Students

The Aberdeen Public School District consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, Central High School, and A-Tec Academy. The Aberdeen Public School District aims to provide a comprehensive educational program to students. They aim to help students receive the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their potential in a global community through high expectations of academic achievement; diverse educational opportunities; and community involvement in a safe, supportive environment.

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Career advancement

Aberdeen ATEC Academy

Offering advanced technical and specialized courses that prepare students for college and/or careers

Aberdeen Central's ATEC Academy offers several advanced technical and specialized courses that prepare students for college and/or careers. The courses offered at ATEC cover many industry and career areas including Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, Finance, Government & Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety & Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, STEM, & Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

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PreK-12 Private education

Roncalli Aberdeen Catholic School System

564 Students

Aberdeen Roncalli is a private catholic PreK-12 system that aims to meet children's spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs. Roncalli has three campuses for students in PreK-1, 2-5, and 6-12. The mission at Roncalli is to instill Catholic values and promote academic excellence by nurturing mind, body and soul.

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K-12 Private Education

Aberdeen Christian School

Aberdeen Christian School is accredited by the State of South Dakota and also a member of Association of Christian Schools International. Aberdeen Christian school offers a solid core curriculum used in a traditional classroom-style education, with a state certified elementary and secondary faculty.

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