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Life and Career Studies
Lakeland University
Life and Career Studies
W3718 South Dr.
Plymouth, WI 53073
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Program Contact Kate Dvorak
Program Contact Email
Phone 920-565-1000 x 2156
Website Program website

Based at Lakeland University in rural Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, this inclusive and engaging, full-time residential program for students with intellectual disabilities will feature a four-year, personalized curriculum designed to promote academic, social, personal and professional growth. It will foster self-determination and provide a gateway to meaningful employment and independent and community living. Lakeland is well positioned to implement this program given its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and expertise and experience in offering quality Cooperative Education programming that prepares students to succeed professionally, and lead ethical, purposeful and fulfilling lives.

Program information submitted: September 22, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
This program will be serving students in: 2023-2024
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

New program

Additional costs:

2022-23 School year costs: TOTAL: $29,908 Program Fee: $17,000 General Fee $990 Student Activity Fee: $396 Room (Grosshuesch Hall, Double Occupancy): $5,736 Board (19-Meal All Access Plan): $5,786

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

We anticipate offering program-specific seminar on topics such as: health and wellness, financial literacy, independent living, interpersonal relations, decision-making, and personal safety. Many of these will be open to all students on campus, but some due to logistics of size or instructional need may be restricted to students in the LCS program

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Cooperative Education
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Anticipated: Hospitality management, graphic design, sports management, business office assistant, as well as personalized certificates

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Preparation for meaningful employment is a major focus of the Life & Career Studies program. Because Lakeland University is a Cooperative Education school, employment-related instruction and coaching will be integrated throughout a student’s curriculum—everything from resume development and interview practice to actual paid, on-the-job learning. The final year of study is devoted to a paid internship and transition.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation