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October 20, 2015 In Lakeland University Blog
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Rick Herian, Lucas Dulmes and Jessica Lambrecht of the Lakeland College Success and Engagement office were instrumental in helping the college garner this special grant. Rick Herian, Lucas Dulmes and Jessica Lambrecht of the Lakeland College Success and Engagement office were instrumental in helping the college garner this special grant.

Lakeland College has been awarded a $446,706 Career Ready Internship Grant that will fund hundreds of new student internships over the next three years.

The college estimates that the grant, which is made available through the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, will support 250 new internships for Lakeland students – internships that will pay a highly competitive wage of $12 an hour throughout the standard internship length of 150 hours.

Lakeland is one of 33 Midwestern institutions to receive this grant. Spearheading the college’s efforts to acquire this grant were Jess Lambrecht, director of career development; Rick Herian, student success and engagement coach; and Lucas Dulmes, internship grant coordinator.

Lambrecht expects the grant to directly fund 83 new internship opportunities in the first year for the spring and summer of 2016. It will support internships for traditional students on Lakeland’s main campus in addition to the college’s Evening, Weekend and Online students at Lakeland’s seven centers around the state.

“Internships allow students to put what they’ve learned in the classroom to practical use,” Lambrecht said. “They allow students to learn how to work in a professional setting and gain the critical experience that employers are seeking when evaluating them for full-time jobs. For many of our students, these internships are pathways to full-time employment.”

Lakeland’s Student Success and Engagement Office coordinates about 225 internships annually. However, some of those are unpaid, and Lambrecht said many of Lakeland’s students cannot afford to take on unpaid internships because their financial need is too great. This grant, she said, will provide new opportunities for students to pursue internship opportunities in their career fields.

Lambrecht said one of the primary objectives of this grant is to build long-term relationships with employers around the state. She added that Lakeland will reach out to major manufacturing companies throughout the Sheboygan community and explore internships in business, accounting, marketing and computer science.

“We also plan to target companies related to food processing, health care and insurance, knowing those are huge growth areas for employment across the state,” she added.

Lakeland’s Student Success and Engagement Office will host informational sessions online and on campus for students over the next few weeks.

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