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Gain 12-18 Months of Professional Work Experience

Our innovative cooperative education model allows Lakeland students to gain 12-18 months of professional work experience with renowned companies, along with the ability to earn up to $100,000 to minimize post-graduate student debt.

Lakeland graduates who complete the co-op program will be well positioned for management-level jobs and they will possess skills, which are highly sought by employers*:

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  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism
  • Work Ethic
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Technical skills
  • Global/Multicultural Understanding

About Lakeland University 

More than 150 years ago, German immigrants cut trees, cleared the land and built the first buildings on Lakeland’s campus. There was no electricity, no running water and no football team – just total dedication to higher-level education. The commitment and spirit of these persistent people live on at Lakeland in a vital and growing campus of academic excellence and in an electric spirit that drives programs to higher and higher levels.
Today, Lakeland University is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ with nearly 3,500 students (850 traditional undergraduate students and 2,600 evening, weekend and online students) from 24 countries, 10 on-campus residence halls and more than 30 majors, including our newest academic programs, such as: aviation, communication, graphic design and management information systems.
In addition we have evening, weekend and online centers in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Valley, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Sheboygan and a two-year international campus in Tokyo, Japan.
Our commitment to education goes far beyond the classroom, as we offer our students the opportunity to make a difference and help others. Lakeland students lead the call for a cleaner environment, smarter recycling, providing shelter and food for the poor and the fight against cancer and other diseases. Community service is part of the DNA of Lakeland students.
As a strategy to establishing firmer ground in the area of business and entrepreneurship, Lakeland University has recently become a member of the Jake’s Cafe Creative Community, Sheboygan County’s center for creative, collaboration and start-ups. Access to Jake’s Cafe, give business students, interns and administrative staff access to a wide range of small to medium sized startups in everything from Forensic Accounting to Manufacturing to Branding and Advertising.
For more information on Lakeland University’s full range of academic programming, see or call Lakeland Admissions direct at 800-242-3347. Consider scheduling a visit to Lakeland University’s main campus or even a center near you.
Tryg Jacobson, president of Jake’s Cafe serves on Lakeland University’s Board of Trustees, and help initiate Lakeland’s foray into Cooperative Education to help make a college education more affordable.
Jacobson also served as the board’s first executive in residence and taught branding in Lakeland’s business school.

Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering over 100 career programs, customized training for business and industry, continuing education for personal and professional enrichment, and basic skills education.
Each year, LTC places up to 8 interns at Jake’s to gain real world work experience in design, data processing, web design and social media.  Many of the interns have had the opportunity to build their resumes, make meaningful business connection that have paved the way for success careers!  Those interested should apply with Foua Hang at

The LTC Dream Big Program

The summer prior to LTC’s fall semester, entrepreneurial students  may apply for the Jake’s Cafe/LTC “Dream Big” program.  Those selected are provided with office space to start their own businesses. This includes all of the amenities of Jake’s Cafe plus 1-on-1 brand consultation time with Jake’s Cafe president/Tryg Jacobson.  Regular updates, evaluations and assessments are required to ensure your success.  This program has launched successful start-ups in food service, design, photography, social media and web design.  Those interested should apply with Foua Hang at
or by calling 1 (920)-693-1000

North High School 

Innovator Fellowship

Each year, North High Students are invited to participate in a very unique program at the Jake’s Café Creative Community called the Innovator Fellowship.  It’s a program that has had a deep influence and transforming effect upon the lives of those who have been a part of the Jakes’ community.
The program was actually inspired by two North High School graduates, Jacob Olmedo, a graduate of Parson’s Fashion Institute in Manhattan NY and Paul Theodoroff, a film-maker in Los Angeles.
When both received the prestigious Ruth DeYoung Scholarship for creativity after a semester at Jake’s Cafe, former principal Jason Bull and faculty member Jay Johnson, investigated the prospects of making the Jake’s Café Creative Community available to more North High School Students on a continuing basis…and called the program the Innovator Fellowship.
Up to four candidates are selected to pursue their own projects using the resources of Jake’s Cafe and the Sheboygan community. The program is mentored by Tryg Jacobson, president of Jake’s Cafe. Projects have included film, fashion, poetry, music, videography, writing an more.