At Lakeland University we value work, and the learning that is accomplished on the job and in the workplace. Let us help you receive academic credit while you’re at work and cut down the time it takes to earn your degree – without stepping foot in a physical classroom!
With Lakeland University’s Cooperative Education program, you can innovate solutions to workplace challenges – for credit!
Whether it is projects you’re already doing or much-needed tasks your boss doesn’t have time for – only Lakeland lets you earn academic credit for real-time work projects. Students innovate solutions to real workplace problems and challenges, benefiting today’s companies and developing tomorrow’s next great innovators!
Being a student while working full-time can be difficult. Given that I was able to design a course based on a work-related project allowed for an easier balance between work and school.
At Lakeland, students have unrivaled flexibility to supplement their core courses with academic or hands-on learning that achieves your individual career goals as part of your degree.
Lakeland’s undergraduate business programs require an emphasis area, and our Student Designed Emphasis has become a popular option.
In our graduate program, we offer a Student Designed Concentration in our MBA and MS-LOD programs.
Students have three ways to earn their emphasis/concentration:
Here are some examples of recent projects that Lakeland students turned into credit toward their degree:
Food Safety & Quality
A Food Safety & Quality student utilized work experience for class credit in the creation of a project-based company warehouse risk assessment policy/procedure manual to include food safety. The project will also include educating third party vendors on best practices and compliance rules.
Management Information Systems
A Management Information Systems student updated the 911 system for automated dispatch of emergency fire calls to all fire stations allowing the dispatchers to immediately focus on injured parties.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
An MBA student in the Digital Marketing field created a digital marketing plan for an artist that updates the artist’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube platforms. The artist accepted the plan and it is currently being implemented.
Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development (MS-LOD)
Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the world of work, Lakeland's award-winning Co-Op program has an option for you!
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