Lakeland University partners with Sargento

Lakeland University
Lakeland University

TOWN OF HERMAN — Lakeland University is partnering with Sargento Foods to create unique job opportunities for students.

The new effort is part of Lakeland University’s Cooperative Education program which helps students gain valuable work experience and help Sargento fill open positions.

The partnership is designed to address challenges Lakeland students faced when working production roles and the corresponding work schedules, which often conflicted with their school schedule.

Companies across the state of Wisconsin and the United States are feeling the effects of a nationwide labor shortage that has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lakeland students will work 16 hours per week, which is typical for students who work for any organization while taking full-time coursework. Students can work flexible 4- or 8-hour shifts at Sargento that accommodate their academic schedules.

“By creating a more flexible scheduling format, we can better accommodate students participating in our Cooperative Education program,” said Lakeland President Beth Borgen. “We continue to find ways to adjust our innovative Co-Op program to fit the needs of local employers and our students.”

The program was especially designed for Lakeland’s football players, who have an intense pre-season training camp in August followed by busy weeks that include practices and games to go with their coursework. These part-time positions pay over $21 an hour and offer tuition benefits after 90 days of employment.

“This is a huge win for our guys who are looking for ways to continue earning income in the fall season,” said Lakeland Head Football Coach Colin Bruton. “I am appreciative of the hard work that LU and Sargento were able to put into this partnership for the benefit of all.”

While the partnership was built with Lakeland football players in mind, it is available to all university students, including those enrolled in evening and online classes through the Kellett School.

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