Lakeland partners with LTC to address state teacher shortage
Lakeland University and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering to address one of Wisconsin's most significant education challenges – the shortage of technology education teachers – in a move that Lakeland plans to take statewide.
Lakeland has added a technology education (tech ed) bachelor's degree program in an effort to provide more applicants for a marketplace that has more demand than supply.
Lakeland becomes one of four state colleges and universities to offer a technology education teaching degree, and the only institution in northeastern Wisconsin.
"We are well aware of the shortage of tech ed teachers in Wisconsin, and the struggles school districts are having filling these important roles," said Lakeland President David Black. "Our goal is to partner with our friends in higher education to leverage our strengths and address this concern."
This spring, Black will meet with additional technical college leaders and present plans to expand the program across the state.
Degree-seeking students will enroll at Lakeland, where they will take the majority of their classes, including Lakeland's early childhood through adolescence (K-12) professional sequences courses. Students will also take 30 core technology credits at LTC, learning on state-of-the-art equipment.
Students will select one of eight emphasis areas: engineering, information and communication technology, electronics, architecture and construction, transportation, power and energy, biotechnology and environmental technologies.
Enrollment in the program, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is underway.
"The new technology education degree program expands on the great partnership LTC has with Lakeland," said LTC President Michael Lanser. "By leveraging the unique strengths of both institutions, we can provide a pipeline of quality tech ed instructors to our K-12 partners, as well as support a new career opportunity for students in northeastern Wisconsin."
For students interested in becoming teachers, tech ed jobs will be a growth area for several years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of career and technical education teachers is projected to grow 9 percent through 2022.
Retirements and low enrollments in education programs that prepare STEM teachers are the main contributors to the problem.
Howards Grove School District Superintendent Chris Peterson said his district's recent tech ed teacher search was difficult, as it netted few candidates after a lengthy search. He said districts around the state will welcome a program that produces more qualified applicants.
"The biggest need in tech ed is teachers who can meet the needs of local employers," Peterson said. "Manufacturing is such an important part of the local economy, and who better to partner to prepare tech ed teachers than LTC and Lakeland?
"The key is finding skilled teachers who will stay for five or 10 years and help us build a program. We need forward-thinking teachers who can design curriculum that will meet emerging needs, including jobs that haven't been created yet. We need teachers who will get young people excited about careers in tech ed."
Not only will graduates of Lakeland's program be licensed technology education teachers; they'll also be able to teach dual credit technology courses offered at the high school level.
"Increasingly, Wisconsin high schools are offering courses that allow students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously," Black said. "Parents and students are seeking out these options as ways to cut down on the cost of higher education and get ahead before graduating from high school. It's also a great way for high school students to test career paths."
There are several pathways students can take to enter into this program:
- Recent high school graduates who want to become teachers and understand there is a strong chance they'll be employed quickly after graduating
- Current teachers looking for something different in their teaching career
- Professionals working in a technical industry who are interested in a new career
To learn more about the program, visit Lakeland.edu/teched.
Bradley exhibition spotlights work of three LU seniors
Lakeland University will spotlight the work of three seniors during the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition, which opens on Friday, March 17.
Brandon Franke, Callah Kraus and Aspen Thrapp will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus.
The exhibit, which will feature work created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through April 13. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lakeland is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, displaying their work and any other details.
Franke in on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He has worked on a number of freelance projects during his time at Lakeland, including logo and shirt designs.
"I take inspiration from movies, music, fellow artists and whatever other experiences I have, then wad it up like a ball of color and design and throw it upon this blank surface," Franke said. "I create organically, yet I'm organized. I surprise myself at times. Most of all, I create what I want to create."
Kraus in on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with both a graphic design and studio arts emphasis. She is currently working a pair of graphic design internships, one at Lakeland for the marketing department and one at Sun Graphics Media in Plymouth, Wis. She is also working as website and social media manager for Wisconsin Business IT Solutions in Cedarburg, Wis., and she is the website manager for Kraus Custom Forage Harvesting, LLP, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
She previously served a graphic design internship with Dynamic Digital Advertising Agency in Sheboygan, Wis., and worked as a designer for Delta Publications in Kiel, Wis.
"I want to create work that is exciting and vibrant, but also timeless and identifiable," Kraus said. "My work is a collection I hope will still be relevant years from now. I am most inspired by simple and clean designs, as I believe that these designs have stood the test of time and can still look fresh and transparent."
Thrapp is also on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with both a graphic design and studio arts emphasis. She worked two years as an assistant in Lakeland's art department, and her work has been in the student art show for the past three years. At Lakeland, Thrapp said she's found a love in oil paintings and photography.
"I've embraced the nerd and geek aspects of my life and created an interest in character design and development, as well as honing my creative writing skills," she said. "Now I am entering a new part of my life where I know I can go far, and explore all I have to offer to the world. I wish to join a company where I can give them all of my creativity."
Youth sexting is topic for next ThinkHaus
Lakeland University Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Karin Miofsky will discuss youth sexting and its implications as part of Lakeland's next ThinkHaus presentation.
Her talk, entitled "Youth Sexting: The New First Base," is set for 7 p.m. on March 16 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center theatre in Sheboygan. The event is free and open to all.
Miofsky will share information from her research about sexting, discuss youth perceptions and behaviors and what parents and educators can do to support youth in their lives.
ThinkHaus is a community conversations series that features powerful, thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by experts on topics of interest to the community. Following the talks, the speakers and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding.
The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; to promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and to create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.
Miofsky, who earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, joined Lakeland's faculty in 2014. Before joining Lakeland's faculty, Miofsky served as an assistant professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Miofsky's primary areas of interest explore patterns of bullying and victimization within schools, the conceptualization of teen sexting and the nature of community crime control. She has written about and presented on these areas extensively.
Miofsky has a master's in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a bachelor's in psychology and criminal justice from Saint Louis University.
Four LU faculty members get promoted
Four Lakeland University faculty members have been promoted, three of whom have been granted tenure.
The Board of Trustees approved the following requests for tenure and promotion:
- Brett Killion, promotion to associate professor
- Joshua Kutney, promotion to associate professor
- Anthony Liguori, promotion to professor
In addition, Lakeland President David Black approved the faculty's recommendation that Katie Fronczak be promoted to assistant professor. She serves in in non-tenure track position.
Killion, a CPA who joined the Lakeland faculty in 2012, oversees the accounting curriculum and serves as the site coordinator for Lakeland's Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). He is also heavily involved in building relationships with area employers and establishing internship opportunities for Lakeland students at many of the area's world-class companies. The winner of Economics Wisconsin's Excellence in Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy Award in 2009, Killion recently developed all of the lecture-replacement videos for Pearson Higher Education's two introductory accounting textbooks.
Liguori, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2013, has taken on many leadership roles including chair of the Program Development Committee, assessment planning for the psychology department and moderating and planning ThinkHaus presentations. Liguori established the Psi Chi chapter (International Honor Society in Psychology) at Lakeland and serves as the faculty advisor. Liguori also teaches courses within Lakeland's EWO program and he has acted in several of Lakeland's theatrical productions.
Kutney joined Lakeland in 2005 and teaches courses in writing, reading and critical thinking. He also directs the university's interdisciplinary studies program. He has presented and published on a range of topics related to the teaching and learning of writing. He has been a key writer for recent accreditation reports and an integral part of the Finals Countdown program, which helps students prepare for final exams. Kutney has also traveled to Malawi, Africa, to work with Lakeland students who are creating educational programs in that country.
Fronczak, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2002, has taught numerous courses on Spanish language and culture and has taught Core I. The recipient of the 2014 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Fronczak is instrumental in orchestrating and guiding Lakeland educational excursions to Spanish-speaking countries. She has partnered with faculty in the hospitality management program to support student study in Mexico and has developed online options for language learning at Lakeland.
Lakeland's $12 million campaign includes Campus Center revitalization
Lakeland University recently launched a $12 million campaign that will include a $6 million revitalization of its Younger Family Campus Center.
Coupled with the previously announced new outdoor athletic facility, a $2.8 million project, Lakeland will be making nearly $9 million in upgrades to its main campus, located in rural Sheboygan County. Another $4 million will be raised for student scholarships.
The outdoor athletic facility work is ongoing and will be completed in the fall. The field will be home to Lakeland's football and men's and women's soccer programs, and will be available for extensive community use.
Target completion for the Campus Center is fall of 2018.
"Once this work is completed, the Younger Family Campus Center will be a jewel for our main campus," said Lakeland President David Black. "The Campus Center has been altered and adapted several times since its construction in 1964. The current facility is dated and lacks the social vitality and sense of place to be a true social hub for Lakeland.
"The architectural design study completed as part of this project describes a vision for a Campus Center that will be uniquely suited to Lakeland's current and future social and academic needs. It also leverages state-of-the-art student center design practices that reflect the latest trends in higher education."
The revitalized Campus Center will fulfill a variety of roles, including:
- Addressing healthy lifestyles through new dining options and setups that promote healthy eating and socializing.
- Offering additional space for Lakeland's Student Success & Engagement program, including hosting coaching sessions, workshops and small events to support students in achieving their goals.
- Providing an enhanced environment for community-building, camaraderie and personal growth – enriching the spirit of Lakeland and the individual lives of our students.
- Providing commuters with a place to "touch down" between classes so they can feel more connected to the campus community.
- Providing spaces to host a variety of events and activities.
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