Lakeland College is a private, liberal arts school in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, close to the town of Plymouth. It was first founded as Missionhaus (Mission House) in 1862 by a group of German immigrants. There is a branch campus in West Allis serving the Milwaukee area. Other learning centers include Central Wisconsin, Chippewa Falls, Fox Cities, Green Bay Madison, Milwaukee, and Sheboygan. Lakeland also runs a large online education program.
Lakeland is a moderately religious institution. The college operates in close relationship with the United Church of Christ. This relationship is most prominent through the master’s program in Christian Theology and the establishment of Mission House Center, an ecumenical program with numerous continuing education options for clergy and laity. Mission House Center also holds theological colloquies on contemporary issues, hosts consultations between the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Church of Westphalia in Germany, and fosters a Clergy in Residence program.
Well-attended undergraduate programs at Lakeland include Accounting, Business Management, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Healthcare Management, Hospitality Management, Marketing, and Specialized Administration. One can also major in Church Music, a popular option among the student body.
Accounting, Business Management, Computer Science, Marketing, and Specialized Administration are available at all campus sites. Education majors are available only in Milwaukee. Criminal justice is available in Central Wisconsin, Fox Cities, and Milwaukee. Hospitality Management is available in Fox Cities, Madison, and Milwaukee.
Professional Certificate Programs
Some of the most popular academic selections at Lakeland are the well-developed professional certificate programs. The Business and Leadership Development Institute (BLDI) partners with professional development and certification organizations to offer professional certificate programs for members of the community. Programs include:
The SHRM Learning System College Program, a 12 week, non-credit program which prepares students for the Certificate in Human Resource Management exam. There are six major components taught in the program, including Strategic Management; Workforce Planning and Employment; Human Resource Development; Compensation and Benefits; Employee and Labor Relations; and Occupational Health, Safety, and Security.
The SHRM Human Resources Management Fundamentals Certificate Program, a two-day, non-credit class giving an overview of human resources for supervisors, office managers, entry-level human resources professions, and assistants with human resources responsibilities.
Preparation for Practice as a CPA is a program which provides 9 graduate credits and prepares students for everyday practice.
Preparation for Practice as a CMA is a program which provides 6 graduate credits while preparing students for professional exams.
Lakeland College’s Kellet School of Adult Education offers courses for working adults who wish to pursue a degree part-time. Kellet classes are offered one night a week at seven different learning centers. Kellett courses are also offered online and in a blended format.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Japan campus was founded in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Students from the Japan campus can earn an Associate of Arts there, then go on at Lakeland in America or transfer to another American school. Many Lakeland students spend either a semester or an entire year at the Japan campus. Students in Japanese and Asian Area Studies in particular take advantage of this opportunity, but students in many fields find the cultural experience and language exposure to be a great benefit. The campus is in central Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, providing an enormous range of educational, cultural, culinary, and recreational activities for students of all ages.
Most participants take a class in conversational Japanese taught by a native speaker during their time at the Japan campus. A wide range of courses from the standard Lakeland curriculum, including basics such as US History, Life Sciences, Algebra, and Humanities. Students may choose to either live in an approved international student dormitory or be the guest of a Japanese host family.
In addition to the Japan campus, Lakeland fosters many other opportunities for study abroad, including an exchange program at Hessen Universitaet in Kassel, Germany; a popular 7 day travel course in Cancun, Mexico; and a tropical studies course in Belize. The Belize course is a four-credit, 15 day trip with an intensive focus on tropical forest and coral reef ecology. Lakeland also has exchange agreements with colleges and universities in Colombia, China, Germany, Korea, and Taiwan.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, CVTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
The athletic department at Lakeland is known as the Muskies. The Muskies compete in NCAA Division III. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.
There are many intramural sports at Lakeland. The college is also home to a large number of summer sports camps, which provide teaching and work opportunities for many students. Sports taught include basketball, tennis, volleyball, football, wrestling, softball, and soccer.
The City of Sheboygan is 11 miles from Lakeland’s rural campus. Sheboygan features a wide range of outdoor activities along the city’s attractive lakefront and many bicycle trails and golf courses. Sheboygan is also known for their farmers’ market, music culture, and museums, including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Stefanie H. Weill Center.
Sheboygan area companies employ many Lakeland graduates. Some of the larger companies with headquarters in Sheboygan include Kohler, Bemis, Sargento, Johnsonville Sausage, Vollrath Co. Plastics Engineering, Piggly Wiggly Stores, and Masters Gallery.
Lakeland is conveniently located with respect to several larger metropolitan areas; Milwaukee and Green Bay are each an hour away, Madison is two hours away, and Chicago is less than three.
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