Exploratory first-year career & college experience for Sheboygan-area students
We value work and the learning that happens in the workplace.
Lakeland University and numerous local employers of all sizes have created a way for students who are eager to begin their professional lives and less interested in taking part in a traditional on-campus college life to launch their professional career and attend college in a way that is achievable and affordable.
Students will prepare for future advancement through coursework and paid on-the-job learning leading to a variety of degree options.
Lakeland has partnered with employers who share your desire to develop your career while attaining your academic goals. Employer partners have worked with Lakeland to create a convenient schedule that will allow you to balance work and school, while offering competitive wages and tuition benefits. Work is a part of the curriculum, not an add-on to your educational experience.
As a student in this program, you will join a community of like-minded students who will accompany you on your academic and career journey. At the end of this year-long program, you will be able to choose from among several college and career pathways. Lakeland will provide personalized advising and career support to help you develop the best plan for your future.
Lakeland is committed to making a college education affordable and easily accessible for all of our students. Combined with support from Lakeland University, employer tuition reimbursement offerings, and the wages you’ll earn, you can graduate with little to no debt.
Our Cooperative Education and Career Readiness Office will help you find the best fit that will meet your career, educational and financial goals.
Located in Kiel, WI, Sargento is a company that places great emphasis on a positive and supportive work culture. The company’s premise is based on its founder, Leonard A. Gentine’s philosophy: “Hire good people and treat them like family.
Sargento demonstrates its passion for bringing out the best in its employees by partnering with Lakeland University. At Sargento, you will join a supportive work environment where you will gain professional skills while leading projects aligned with business goals. You’ll gain real-world experience that will serve as a springboard for your career while you grow your professional network.
Career opportunities at Sargento include positions in Food Safety & Quality, Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology, Finance/Accounting, and more.
Sargento offers its employees opportunities to participate in young professional events, team-building activities, exercise classes, healthy living challenges, summer picnics, discounted tickets to events and attractions, and access to a company store.
Students in this program with Sargento will work 2nd shift on the production floor. Wages begin at $21/hour. Sargento offers competitive tuition benefits. When coupled with Lakeland University scholarships, you will complete your first year of college with little to no debt.
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Located in Kohler, WI, Kohler Hospitality or Destination Kohler is a company that places great emphasis on memorable experiences for employees and guests alike. from five-star lodging and spa experiences to world-class golf and outdoor adventures, there’s no other place like it in America.. As the site for the 43rd Ryder Cup in September 2021, there is no other place in Wisconsin to experience luxury hospitality!
Destination Kohler demonstrates its passion for bringing out the best in its employees by partnering with Lakeland University in the Sheboygan Co-Op Year Program. At Destination Kohler, you will join a supportive work environment where you will gain real-world experience that will serve as a springboard for your career while you grow your professional network.
Career opportunities at Destination Kohler include positions in Hotel Management, Event Management, Restaurant Management, Human Resources, and more.
Destination Kohler offers its employees opportunities to participate in free or reduced-price meals, paid uniforms, Kohler discounts on products including golf and hotel rooms.
Students in this program with Destination Kohler will work 2nd shift in housekeeping, front desk, or restaurants. Wages begin at $14/hour. Destination Kohler offers competitive tuition benefits after 30 days of employment for students working 30 hours or more. Additionally, students choosing to work in housekeeping are eligible for a textbook benefit valued at $500. When coupled with Lakeland University scholarships, you will complete your first year of college with little to no debt.
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"Other companies use their people to build a business, but at Johnsonville, we use our business to build our people." Ralph Stayer, Owner
Launch your professional career at one of the area’s leading companies. Careers at Johnsonville are plentiful. Johnsonville hires Members within finance/accounting, information technology, human resources, logistics and supply chain, marketing and sales, manufacturing, and more.
By starting your career at Johnsonville, you will enjoy an environment where every member is encouraged to follow their passions and try new things – both on the job and outside of work. Take it from Kiel, Maintenance Team Lead at Johnsonville:
“The best thing I like about working at Johnsonville is the opportunity potential. You can be whatever you want to be, all you have to do is work toward that goal through education and hard work.”
Johnsonville members enjoy a supportive culture with a focus on strengthening our local community by fully developing the God-given talents and potential of its members. Johnsonville provides monetary support and product donations to organizations where Members volunteer their time. Members have access to on-site and near-site health clinics, a 15,000-square-foot on-site fitness center, and confidential counseling sessions through Johnsonville’s Member Assistance Program to support Members and their families.
Students in this program with Johnsonville will work 2nd shift on the production floor. Wages begin at $22/hour. Johnsonville offers competitive tuition benefits. When coupled with Lakeland University scholarships, you will complete your first year of college with little to no debt.
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This exploratory first-year program may be a good fit for you if you are:
This is a one-year college introduction program for students planning to work right out of high school. At the conclusion of this program, students will chart out their future plans selecting from a variety of options:
The collaboration between Lakeland and its partner employers has made this program very affordable:
Because benefits vary by employer, the out-of-pocket expense to individual students will vary. However, we believe the combination of support from LU, the employer, and through federal financial aid—if the student qualifies—will make attending college very affordable!
We encourage all applicants to complete a FAFSA to see if they are eligible for federal financial aid.
We believe students should never have to choose between college and work. Learning on the job, when combined with guided reflection, is simply a better way to learn.
What programs can I enroll in?
Lakeland offers many attractive programs that lead to degrees in business, the sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Examples include programs in Hospitality Management, Industrial Analytics, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, and Food Safety and Quality. You can visit Lakeland.edu/degrees to see all of Lakeland’s programs. After completing the first year, you will be able to continue in any degree program Lakeland offers to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.
How many classes will I take a semester?
Students will enroll in several classes in fall and spring semesters; some courses address core knowledge while others address career skills and will be completed primarily on the job. We attempt to connect learning across classes and workplace experiences, so it is relevant and meaningful.
How is instruction organized and delivered?
Students will have the same advisor and attend most of their classes together on Lakeland’s main campus so they can support one another, which we refer to as a learning community. The majority of coursework is delivered face-to-face or on the job.
Will I be able to take part in student life activities on the LU campus?
This program is offered through LU’s Kellett School, which is designed for busy working adults. Therefore, the emphasis is on completing coursework leading to a certificate or degree rather than participating in traditional student life such as living in a dormitory, playing a sport, or singing in the choir. That said, Kellett students, as a part of their enrollment, have access to many Lakeland programs, services, and facilities including LU’s wellness center.
Are the admission requirements for this program the same as other programs at Lakeland?
Students who wish to participate in this program need to apply for admission following the university’s standard process including submitting high school transcripts. Entrance tests such as ACT are optional. Additionally, applicants will complete an interview with university staff to determine readiness for the unique career opportunities offered through this program. Finally, applicants will complete an interview with a partner employer. In order to study in this program, candidates must be hired by an employer who is also participating in this program.
Do I get to select the employer I work for?
Yes and no. To participate, you will need to be hired by one of our partner employers. You can choose who you apply to work for, but the employer must also choose to employ you. Interviews with employers will be scheduled prior to the start of the program.