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Lakeland to offer bachelor’s degrees at Blackhawk Technical College

Lakeland to offer bachelor’s degrees at Blackhawk Technical College


Lakeland to offer bachelor’s degrees at Blackhawk Technical College

In a strategic move to enhance pathways to bachelor’s degrees, Lakeland University is partnering with Blackhawk Technical College as part of a groundbreaking partnership of multiple institutions ushering in a new era of academic possibilities for Blackhawk students.

Lakeland is joining Concordia University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County to offer a comprehensive array of bachelor's degree programs that grant Blackhawk students access to a four-year education while fostering a seamless transition from associate to bachelor's level studies.

These partnerships are the cornerstone of Blackhawk's visionary initiative, the University Center. Housed within the heart of the college's Central Campus, the center is a hub where students can access transfer information, receive guidance from advisors and engage in activities related to their educational goals.

Lakeland will offer bachelor’s degrees in accounting, education and computer science.

Lakeland President Beth Borgen joined leaders from all four institutions and Blackhawk staff, faculty and students on Wednesday for a grand opening celebration of the University Center.

"These transformative alliances signify an extraordinary step forward for Blackhawk," said Blackhawk President Tracy Pierner. "Our collaborations with Concordia, Lakeland and UW-Whitewater at Rock County stand as a testament to our commitment to fostering accessible, high-quality higher education for our community. The University Center is poised to redefine the trajectory of our students' academic journeys, granting them an avenue to seamlessly pursue their bachelor's degrees without having to leave home.”

Borgen said the agreement with Blackhawk is the latest chapter in Lakeland’s long history of partnering with the state’s technical colleges.

“It’s exciting to see private and public institutions working together for the common good of helping our students achieve their educational goals while aligning with regional workforce development needs,” Borgen said. “This new level of access benefits students and their families, local schools and communities in this region.”

“Blackhawk students can continue on the pathway to a bachelor’s degree at a campus that already feels like home.”

After a comprehensive application process, the three university partners were chosen for their academic excellence, range of disciplines and dedication to providing Blackhawk students with a seamless transition from their associate degree. Also, each partner university brings unique strengths and attributes that align with Blackhawk’s commitment to accessibility and diversity.

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