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Rendering of the new Green Bay center

Lakeland College will formally celebrate the move to its new Green Bay Center at 2601 Development Drive in Bellevue with a grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m.

Tours of the new location will be available, and a short program will begin at 5:15 p.m. Appetizers will be served. As part of the festivities, 101 WIXX FM will be onsite with giveaways and promotions, including the chance to win an iPad.

Construction of the new, $2.8 million center, which was developed by Somerstone of Brookfield, began last June.

The new location houses Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online program classes offered in the Green Bay area. Lakeland's Green Bay Center was formerly located at 2985 S. Ridge Road in Green Bay.

"Lakeland has been offering educational options for adult students in Green Bay for 30 years, so we're certainly not a newcomer to higher education in this area," said Zach Voelz, Lakeland's vice president for enrollment management. "This new center provides advances in technology that match the evolution of Lakeland's BlendEd flexible course formats and sets us up to serve our students and continue to evolve in what has become a rapidly changing higher education marketplace."

Lakeland's center, which is nearly 16,000 square feet, includes nine technology-rich classrooms, two laptop labs and one standard computer lab, a student lounge, nine offices, Wi-Fi throughout the facility and ample free parking. Classrooms are available for daytime rentals to businesses, clubs and other organizations.

The classrooms are designed to deliver the college's signature course format, BlendEd, which allows students to seamlessly transition from week to week between the traditional classroom and online, based on their schedules. The newest feature of BlendEd offers the ability to broadcast live lectures to students outside the classroom, connecting face-to-face and online students in one, interactive classroom.

A gift from the Byron L. Walter Family Trust supported one of the classrooms.

Lakeland has offered evening degree programs in Green Bay since 1984. Today, the college serves more than 500 returning adult students in the Green Bay area and 2,800 students statewide. Lakeland's total enrollment is approximately 3,600.

In 1978, Lakeland developed an evening degree-completion program for working adults, the first in the state at that time. In 2012, Lakeland celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of its main campus, which is located in Sheboygan County.

Students at Lakeland's Green Bay center can earn a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, marketing, psychology and specialized administration. The business administration degree includes emphases in business economics, finance, healthcare management, hospitality management, insurance, international business, management, nonprofit management and sport management.

Lakeland also offers a master of business administration (with emphases in accounting, finance, healthcare management and project management) and a master of arts in counseling (with emphases in community, higher education and school counseling).

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