Lakeland University Experiential Education

Experience Education Your Way

Experiential education is just what it sounds like — gain real-world knowledge and earn your degree through a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you have prior work experience, want to get work experience but have a busy schedule, or are interested in our traditional Cooperative Education program, there is an abundance of opportunities to get credit for your work!

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Traditional Cooperative Education

Earn Money, Credits, & Experience!

By incorporating work experiences into an academic experience, you’ll see the link between what you learn in the classroom and the job you’re performing in the workplace. We’ll also teach you the skills employees seek that will help you develop as a professional. You’ll graduate with 12-18 months of professional work experience, often in your academic major. You’ll earn academic credit for your work, as well as wages you can put toward the cost of attending Lakeland!

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Co-op & Internship Placements


Discover Your Direction At Your Own Pace

Knowing what is the best next step to advance your career and education can be tricky. That’s why Lakeland is offering this Pro-Year program. At Lakeland, we are equipped to help you discover your direction at a pace you’re completely comfortable with – while also ensuring you don’t take on unnecessary student debt.

As a Pro-Year student, Lakeland will help you secure a position with one of our premiere employers. You will also have the opportunity to earn 8 experiential learning credits towards your bachelor's degree over the fall and spring semesters, allowing you to keep your academic momentum going while taking a break from traditional homework and tests.

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Cooperative Education: Kellett School

Manage Work, Class & Social Life!

With Lakeland University’s Student-Designed emphasis/concentration and Cooperative Design courses, you can earn academic credit toward your degree for existing and future work projects that benefit you and your employer! Whether it’s 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.

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Credit for Prior Learning

Earn Class Credit For Prior Experience!

Lakeland has several ways for students to earn credit for prior learning, which can shorten the time it takes to earn your undergraduate degree!

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