Learn & Earn Program at Lakeland University

Exploratory first-year collegiate & career experience for Sheboygan-area students

Work, Learn & Earn

Don’t choose between work and college ... do both!

We value work – and the learning that happens in the workplace. That’s why Lakeland University and major, local, employers have created an easy way for you to launch your professional and college career ... at a significantly reduced cost!

Invest In Your Future

Exploratory First-Year Collegiate Experience

Complete a full year of college coursework while beginning your career at a company that is invested in your success!

Along with traditional coursework, you’ll leverage Lakeland’s innovative Cooperative Education program to apply what you are learning in a paid position and earn academic credit, too.

Balancing work and school can be challenging. How will you navigate scheduling challenges? What if your employer isn’t supportive of your educational goals? How can I meet my financial commitments while making progress toward a degree?

Lakeland has removed these barriers by partnering 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 progam, you will join a community of like-minded students who will accompany you on your academic and career journey. After year one, students will have several college and career pathways, and Lakeland will provide personalized advising and career support to help students develop the best plan for their future.

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Sargento, Masters Gallery Foods, Johnsonville
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Long-Term Success

How Does It Work?

Lakeland University has partnered with leading companies who are invested in the long-term growth and success of their employees. 

Through our award-winning Cooperative Education program, students earn a full-year of academic credit for professional work experience and coursework that is centered around your real-life experiences, situations and career goals. Learning will be delivered through a cohort model of instruction—meaning all students will be in the same classes, supporting one another.

Lakeland University will assist students in choosing an employer partner that will be a match for their career goals, and our Cooperative Education & Career Readiness team team will assist you in navigating the application and on-boarding process with your chosen employer.

Upon hire, students will enjoy a customized work schedule that will allow students to work and take classes with a cohort of students who are on the same academic and career journey.

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Weekly earnings & unemployment rates by education attainment

MORE EDUCATION EQUALS MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Value of a 4-Year Degree

College graduates on average earn more money and are less likely to be unemployed than those without a degree.

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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 in the Learn & Earn Program. 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.

Contact getstarted@lakeland.edu to learn more about positions at Sargento and this program.

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Masters Gallery Foods is a leading national cheese supplier, maintaining one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the country. Employees at Masters Gallery Foods join a work environment that is sociable, collaborative, caring. In short, just like family.

Located in Plymouth, WI, career opportunities at Masters Gallery Foods are wide and varied. Jobs include positions in information technology, human resources, management, food safety and quality, and more.

Masters Gallery Foods is invested in the growth of its employees. Employee training and development programs represent a large part of corporate expenditures.

Masters Gallery Foods understands and appreciates the need to have fun and enjoy where you work. Numerous fun activities are held throughout the year to keep spirits high and celebrate accomplishments.

Students in this program with Masters Gallery Foods will work 2nd shift on the production floor. Wages begin at $21/hour. Masters Gallery Foods offers competitive tuition benefits. When coupled with Lakeland University scholarships, you will complete your first year of college with little to no debt.

Contact getstarted@lakeland.edu to learn more about positions at Masters Gallery Foods and this program.

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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 $20/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.

Contact getstarted@lakeland.edu to learn more about positions at Johnsonville and this program.

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Interested? Fill Out The Application Below!

Get started today by filling out the application below and a team member will be in touch with you in regards to next steps. If you have any questions, please contact us at getstarted@lakeland.edu!