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Cooperative education is an exciting new way to earn a Lakeland degree, earn valuable professional experience and control the cost of college. Lakeland is the only school in the Midwest offering cooperative education.

Consider the benefits of being a Lakeland co-op student:

  • Apply what you’re learning in the classroom in full-time jobs with our co-op employer partners. You’ll graduate with 12-18 months of professional work experience, often in your academic major.
  • You’ll earn academic credit for your work, as well as wages you can put toward the cost of attending Lakeland.
  • Along with the wages you’ll earn, Lakeland’s co-op scholarship covers $14,000 per year – that’s $56,000 in scholarship money over four years.
  • The combined scholarship and money you’ll earn from working can total more than $100,000 over four years, which means you can graduate with little or no debt.
  • You’ll be able to graduate in four years.
  • These opportunities work around your schedule, so feel free to join a sport, the band, the choir, student organizations, get a role in the play or participate in one of our many program-specific organizations.

By incorporating work experiences into an academic experience, you’ll see the link between what you learn in the classroom and the job you’re performing in the workplace. We’ll also teach you the skills employees seek that will help you develop as a professional.

Employer partners from a wide variety of professional work environments and industries are eagerly collaborating with Lakeland to hire well-prepared, highly motivated students.

By participating in co-op, employers are actively developing their future pipeline of talent and directly influencing the education of students entering their professions.

Co-op is administered by LU’s Career Readiness & Cooperative Education staff, and supervised by a faculty member.

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