Most colleges offer an accounting degree. But our degree will make you more attractive to employers than most. Why? Because at Lakeland, you won’t just learn how to crunch numbers. You will get out of the classroom and apply your knowledge in a real-world setting. And that’s exactly what employers want to see on a resume.
Come to Lakeland, and your out-of-class accounting journey will include:
- A required internship, that we will help you land, that's worth three credits toward your degree
- Ability to specialize in forensic accounting and other emphases.
- The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which involves you preparing actual tax returns for in-need members of the Sheboygan community (our accounting students prepared more than 500 returns in 2013)
- Field trips to renowned corporations, such as Kohler Co.
- Required job shadows of local accounting professionals, that we will help set up
- Three- and Four-year course plans
We certainly provide all the necessary technical knowledge, but the link between classroom learning and actual experience in the field is what's so valuable. Lakeland emphasizes preparing students to become strong professionals by helping students get that actual experience, so when they go out into the workforce, they're prepared to be great employees.
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Snapshot of Success
Name: Becky Mayo
Hometown: Gladstone, Mich.
Title: Tax Associate
After graduating summa cum laude in May, 2013, Becky beat out four other highly qualified finalists for a coveted entry level position with the largest of the “Big 4” accounting firms.
Her four years as a Muskie were filled with shining accomplishments, such as her stellar all-conference play on the basketball court, her internships at Harley-Davidson and Schenck SC and her 50 hours of volunteer work preparing tax returns for low-income citizens through the Salvation Army.
“My experience at Lakeland was so positive,” says Becky with a big smile. “When I came in as a freshman, I was scared and didn’t know who I was. Lakeland’s a small school that takes you as a clean slate and turns you into an awesome painting.”
Coming out of high school, Becky applied to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stout and Lakeland. She was accepted by all four, and chose Lakeland. Her desire to play college basketball, along with the full-tuition J. Garland Schilcutt academic scholarship she earned, led her to Lakeland.
Becky thrived as a Muskie, joining the accounting club and hosting prospective basketball players during their visits. While walking across campus with recruits, they often asked her if the constant greetings from other Lakeland students were staged. She assured them the friendly interaction was genuine.
“Going to a big school, you’re just not going to feel that same glow,” she says. “When you graduate from Lakeland, and you’re one of say 10 accounting majors, you’re really going to feel special.”