When parents send their children off to college, they expect their kids to be part of a safe, secure environment. Count Lakeland College among the schools that make meeting this expectation a priority.
SafeWise Security Systems, a national home security resource company, has included Lakeland on its list of "4 Colleges That Get an ‘A' in Campus Security."
The list, which also includes Stanford University, Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., and Sheridan College in Wyoming, can be seen online at SafeWise.com.
"Lakeland works hard at making sure our students, faculty and staff are learning and living in a safe environment," said Nate Dehne, vice president for student development & athletics. "Our inclusion on this list is a nice compliment to our director of safety and security, Annette Gamache, and her staff. We have been confident that we are doing a good job, but it's always nice to see an outside source affirming that we're doing well."
Lakeland's safety and security team includes two full-time staff members and it recently added five part-time professional employees. The department also employs a number of student workers, often criminal justice majors who are getting real-life experience to support what they're learning in the classroom.
The department offers 24-hour "safe rides" between buildings for students and employees, vehicle jump starts and self-defense classes.