Waukesha County Technical College to welcome Lakeland University-Waukesha Center to Pewaukee campus
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – Waukesha County Technical College is excited to welcome Lakeland University to its main Pewaukee campus this summer in a move that will solidify their relationship and bring the two institutions together under one roof.
Lakeland will relocate its Milwaukee Center -- currently at 9000 W. Chester Street in Milwaukee -- to WCTC’s main Pewaukee campus, and become the Lakeland University-Waukesha Center, just in time for classes to start in the fall. The center will be housed in Building B (B-005) and include an office presence and dedicated classroom, with access to other space. (In addition to the Waukesha location, Lakeland also has six other centers throughout the state and one in Tokyo, Japan; its main campus is in Plymouth, Wis.)
Lakeland has had a satellite location in the Milwaukee area since 1979; this move allows the university to continue serving an area that’s come to know Lakeland for the past 40-plus years. It also expands the university’s reach in southeastern Wisconsin, said Lakeland University President Beth Borgen, D.B.A.
Higher education synergy for student success
The relocation creates a strong synergy between Lakeland and WCTC as both institutions are focused on workforce development, hands-on learning and providing students with multiple opportunities to advance their education.
“Lakeland and WCTC share a vision for a more educated region and we are passionate about creating easier access for students to achieve their educational goals,” Borgen said. “For WCTC students interested in a bachelor’s degree, they can continue on the pathway at a campus that already feels like home.”
WCTC President Richard Barnhouse, Ph.D., said since the landscape in higher education remains ever changing, it is critical for institutions to work in tandem to provide students with a broader range of options.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Lakeland University as a part of our WCTC Pewaukee campus to deliver baccalaureate degrees directly to our students,” Barnhouse said, noting many WCTC students have transferred to Lakeland to earn four-year degrees. “Now, our students will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in an environment that they are already familiar with.”
Through the Waukesha Center, Lakeland will offer more than a dozen bachelor’s degree programs as well as four master’s degree programs, which are available online, in person or through the flexible BlendEd® format.
Thanks to this partnership, WCTC graduates can enroll at Lakeland as juniors, receive a 20% tuition discount for undergraduate courses, and gain access to credit for prior learning as well as academic credit for work completed through Lakeland’s cooperative education program.
New program transfer options
Additionally, the two institutions recently signed a new transfer agreement for current students and graduates of WCTC’s Criminal Justice Studies associate degree program. This gives WCTC students a seamless transition into a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or Organizational Management at Lakeland.
WCTC and Lakeland’s relationship serves to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for those in the region and also maximize the student experience, administrators say.
“It’s exciting to see private and public institutions working together for a common good – helping our students achieve their educational goals while aligning with regional workforce development needs,” Borgen said.
>> To learn more about Lakeland University’s Waukesha Center and the partnerships with WCTC, visit www.lakeland.edu/WCTC.
About Lakeland University
Lakeland University is an innovative, affordable, four-year, private university that integrates the liberal arts with experiential learning through its award-winning Cooperative Education program. Founded in 1862, the institution is rooted in the values of the United Church of Christ. Lakeland serves approximately 2,500 students, including traditional undergraduates at its residential campus in Sheboygan County, undergraduate/graduate students taking evening and online courses through one of LU’s seven centers located throughout Wisconsin and at a campus in Tokyo, Japan. Lakeland is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
About Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 170 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu.