Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College on Tuesday announced an innovative new partnership that will provide a unique higher-education option to eastern Wisconsin students.
The Lake to Lake program invites students to complete an associate degree at LTC, then transfer seamlessly to Lakeland as a college junior. LTC graduates who meet all the requirements are guaranteed direct admission to Lakeland, where they can complete a related bachelor's degree.
Initially, 17 LTC programs are part of Lake to Lake and align with nine Lakeland majors. Career areas range from business and information technology programs to health and hospitality related programs.
A morning announcement event was held at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc County, followed by an afternoon announcement event at ACUITY in Sheboygan County.
LTC is focused on career training for high-skilled, in-demand jobs in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and LTC's success is tied to graduates finding employment and to local employers securing the skilled talent their organizations need. LTC President Mike Lanser said Lake to Lake embraces that mission.
"From their first semester on the LTC campus, Lake to Lake students will be immersed in hands-on, career coursework," Lanser said. "Their instructors bring real-world, career experiences to their classrooms, and each of our programs' local advisory committees ensure the curriculum is cutting-edge and relevant to today's job market.
"While our graduates are ready to enter the workforce, many find that their associate degree sparks the desire and confidence to continue their education. Lakeland, because of its location and BlendEd and other flexible learning options, is a great option for LTC graduates who want to balance their career with continuing education."
Lakeland College President Dan Eck said Lake to Lake capitalizes on the unique strengths of both institutions and builds off the long history the two institutions have of working together to benefit local students.
"For 154 years, Lakeland has produced graduates with the skills needed by local employers – critical, ethical thinkers who can communicate clearly and effectively," Eck said. "This region is filled with leaders who have graduated from Lakeland.
"The Lakeland programs that are part of Lake to Lake are some of our most popular degree programs, and are helping employers fill some of the fastest growing sectors of the job market. Our BlendEd programs allows students enrolled in most of our classes to decide on a weekly basis if they want to attend class in the traditional classroom setting or online. It's exactly the flexibility our students need to complete their degree."
Lake to Lake will give LTC honors students the opportunity to receive a $12,000 annual scholarship through the junior college honor society Phi Theta Kappa, in addition to other financial aid that is available.
Students who select the Lake to Lake program will be assigned an academic advisor from each institution to help guide them through their coursework.
Lake to Lake also offers a number of benefits to LTC students, including:
- A pass to Lakeland athletic contests
- Invitations to Lakeland's Big Fish Festival and the college's Business Colloquiums
- Opportunities to access Lakeland housing and participate in Lakeland intramural sports
"We want LTC students enrolled in Lake to Lake to start getting the feel of being a Lakeland student from Day One," Eck said.
Students who wish to enroll in Lake to Lake would apply for admission to an eligible LTC program, meet with their LTC advisor to select their LTC coursework, register in Lake to Lake and meet with their Lakeland advisor on the LTC campus to outline next steps.
More information about the program is available at LakeToLakeTransfer.com.