- Evening, Weekend & Online Programs
- ALUMNI RELATIONS
- GIVING TO LAKELAND
- ABOUT LAKELAND
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Lakeland College and Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) unveiled a new approach for higher education in central Wisconsin on February 15 as leaders from both colleges signed an agreement to jointly offer three different programs that allow students to simultaneously earn an MSTC Associate Degree and Lakeland Bachelor's Degree.
The ceremony was held at MSTC's Wisconsin Rapids campus.
The interwoven degree program is unique in central Wisconsin because students may attend both colleges at once, mixing technical classes with humanities in the same semester. Innovative agreements on joint admissions, counseling, financial aid and other services increase student access to two state leaders in student-centered education. The joint programs include accounting, business management and supervisory management.
According to MSTC President John Clark, the agreement is about access to education, about offering students more diverse paths toward their educational goals. "Increased access for students is top priority for both colleges," Clark said. "Convenience and affordability are additional advantages. Students can earn both degrees for about the same cost as attending four years at a state university and financial aid is available."
Unlike a traditional 2+2 agreement, in which students complete a two-year degree before starting their four-year degree, students will be able to attend both colleges from day one, beginning with a joint application. Full-time students can finish both degrees in four years.
"This approach is about making college as accessible as possible," said Lakeland President Stephen Gould. "Many students, based on family or geographical limitations, can't 'go away' to school. These interwoven programs remove some of those traditional hurdles to a four-year degree."