SHEBOYGAN – The Sheboygan Area School District and Lakeland University have signed an agreement to offer free college coursework to eligible SASD students and teachers, and free associate degrees to students.
The partnership gives SASD students free access to Lakeland Concurrent Academic Progress Program courses, meaning they can earn high school and college credit simultaneously. They can also earn up to 15 credits for workplace learning through Lakeland’s Cooperative Education program.
After earning enough college credits, SASD students will be able to graduate with both a high school diploma and a Lakeland Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. This will make them eligible to enroll at Lakeland or another university as a junior in their first year, thus saving two years of college expenses. Lakeland will be SASD’s exclusive provider of associate degrees as part of the three-year agreement.
“We are excited and appreciative about the ability to expand our working relationship with Lakeland University to provide significant educational benefits to our students and employees,” said SASD Superintendent Seth Harvatine.
“The goal of the Sheboygan Area School District is to prepare students for the next step in their self-defined career pathway. This partnership with Lakeland will offer students a number of impressive resources, including the ability to take free Lakeland CAPP classes and earn an associate degree in high school at no cost to students and their families.”
SASD students will also be eligible to take Lakeland’s elective courses while in high school, including business and technology, education and world languages. The courses can be taken either in person at Lakeland’s campus or online during the fall, spring or summer terms.
In addition, students will gain free access to Lakeland academic advising and financial planning services, official copies of Lakeland transcripts, and they will have access to Lakeland athletic and fine arts events.
The agreement also provides significant benefits to SASD teachers, who will be able to earn up to 15 free credits of coursework through Lakeland’s Teacher Development Institute. The credits will provide professional development and help teachers work toward a Master of Education degree.
SASD teachers need 18 credits of master’s level coursework to teach dual-credit courses, and this agreement will help teachers who do not already have those credentials complete their coursework to become eligible.
“As SASD teachers look to expand their knowledge base, we’re pleased to be able to offer them several no-cost options. The work teachers do every day is so important, and this is a way for us to help ensure SASD continues to recruit and retain teachers who are preparing tomorrow’s leaders,” said Lakeland President Beth Borgen.