Improvements allow Lakeland to close downtown Sheboygan site
Adult Education - posted on 6/22/2006
Thanks to the flexibility of the BlendEd courses and improvements on its main campus, Lakeland College is closing the Kellett School site near downtown Sheboygan.
Lakeland opened a site in a portion of the former St. Clement's Church school building at 721 N. 6th St. in Sheboygan in the summer of 2003 as an alternative for adult students taking evening courses in the Sheboygan area.
But the flexibility of Lakeland's BlendEd program and improvements to Lakeland's main campus outside Howards Grove resulted in the decision to close the St. Clement's site.
Courses offered in the BlendEd format, which is unique to Lakeland, offer weekly sessions both online and in the traditional classroom setting. Students can decide on a class-by-class basis to attend in person or attend online, based on their schedule that week.
"Frankly, we will be able to better serve our students by closing this site," said Patti Jorgensen, director of Lakeland's Kellett School of Adult Education. "We opened the site at St. Clement's to give our students in Sheboygan more choices. But with the flexibility of BlendEd, more of our students who cannot attend a traditional classroom session due to work, personal obligations or poor weather conditions are simply choosing to study online that week.
"Between the short drive to Lakeland's main campus and the online options of BlendEd, our students always can attend class."
Lakeland's main campus recently completed several major building projects which will include some new services and amenities for the college's adult students.
A major expansion to the Todd Wehr Athletic Center includes a new fitness center that is available free of charge to students. Lakeland will expand the hours at The Daily Grind, the on-campus gourmet coffee shop, and make "grab and go" menu items available to adult learners through the college's food service.
Lakeland's Laun Center for Business & Technology and the Chase Science Center include full-service computer labs and technology-enhanced classrooms so students can check their e-mail, print their assignments and take care of other work that needs a computer.
"Between the Younger Family Campus Center, the Laun Center, the Chase Science Center and the Wehr Center, our adult students can find a place to relax, exercise, grab a bite to eat or get some last-minute work done before and after class," Jorgensen said.
"We are offering a lot of these new services to give our adult learners a more complete college experience, while at the same time always working to offer an education that fits the busy lives that our students lead."
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