Exploratory First-Year Collegiate Experience
Lakeland University is a pioneer in the region for granting college credit for paid professional experiences through its Cooperative Education program. Now, LU has created a new pathway for Milwaukee-area students who cannot attend Lakeland due to distance or because they are still deciding whether to attend college or begin their career.
Lakeland’s Milwaukee Co-Op Year provides an innovative solution by giving students an exploratory first-year collegiate experience students.
Who is this program designed for?
Students will take 100% tuition-funded courses at Lakeland’s Milwaukee Center, located at 9000 W. Chester St. in Milwaukee, for their first year. Lakeland will also help students find a good-paying part-time job at one of our area employer partners, a list that includes Usinger’s, Wisconsin Tube & Steel, North Central Group, among many others.
The Co-Op Year will provide students with:
After year one, students will have several pathways, and Lakeland will provide personal mentoring to help individual students develop the best plan for their future:
Sample Daily Agenda
You might be wondering what your days might look like Monday - Friday.
|7:48 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.||Take the 33 MTCS and arrive at the LU Milwaukee Center|
|8:25 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||Eat breakfast and prepare for class|
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Attend daily courses|
|11:36 a.m. – 12:19 p.m.||Take the 56 MTCS and arrive at your part-time employer|
|12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Work|
|5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.||Return home|
Here are some important dates for the academic year:
|Fall semester begins||Wednesday, September 1|
|Bus trip to main campus for Homecoming (football game, tailgate, etc.)||Saturday, September 18|
|Last day of fall semester classes||Friday, December 10|
|Winter workshop begins||Monday, December 13|
|Holiday Break||Saturday, December 25 – Sunday, January 2|
|Winter workshop ends||Friday, January 14|
|Spring semester begins||Tuesday, January 18|
|Bus trip to main campus for Essence of Heritage (Black History Month celebration organized by students)||February (TBD)|
|Spring semester ends||Friday, April 29|
|*Additional campus event bus trips will be finalized at a later date|
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact K.J. Odom, Admissions Counselor
If you would like to schedule an in-person, or virtual visit - we would love to have you. Please contact KJ Odom to discuss your options. We look forward to meeting with you!