LCO Community College Offers Educational Opportunities to All

HAYWARD, Wis. – It’s the time of year when colleges across the country are taking applications and registering current students for classes, and that includes right here in the Northland.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is always welcoming new students.

This morning, LCO Marketing and Student Success Counselor Taylor Nelson, along with Marketing Assistant and Student Intern Lindsay Dillon stopped by FOX 21 to explain more.

Nelson says LCO offers associate degree programs, as well as, one-year certificate programs.

Nelson says a common misconception is the thought that LCO is only open to Native Americans. This is not true, as all students are welcome.

LCO also offers student internships that are funded through the Work-Based Learning program, to help students go to school, and help gain experience in their fields, which is the program Dillon is taking part in.

Additionally, the college offers opportunities to study internationally. The LCO College had two students, along with a faculty mentor, travel to Costa Rica for thirteen days in December to conduct short-term scientific research projects.

Student Julia Buck examined soil compaction and porosity in logged versus undisturbed forests, while Trent Strapon used trail cams to compare wildlife observed in the tropical forests to those observed in northern Wisconsin forests of the same age on similar sites.  He attempted to determine the ecological reasons for the differences and similarities in the two types of wildlife.

Prof. Michael Heim, a science faculty member at the college, assisted them with implementing their field projects including experimental design, data gathering, and analysis to prepare for publication and/or a presentation of results at a local, regional, or national conference.   Their research was conducted around the mid-elevation Las Cruces Biological Station, which is a seven-hour drive south of the capital, San Jose.  While there, they meet the local people and learned of their culture and customs.  The program they are part of is called the Costa Rica International Research Experience and is funded by a National Science Foundation grant administered thru Salish-Kootenai College.  Any student attending a tribal college was eligible to participate.

LCO College has 11 articulation agreements with many established four-year institutions. Those articulation agreements include:

  • Northland College: Biology, Connections, Elementary/Middle Education major with Early Education minor, Native American Studies, and Natural Resources Management
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth: Social Work
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse: Biology, Chemistry or Microbiology
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Human Services Leadership
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Agriculture
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout: Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Early Childhood Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Early Education
  • The College of Menominee Nation: Early Childhood
  • The College of St. Scholastica: Pre Nursing, Health Information Management Program

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LCO Ojibwa Community College is located at 13466 W. Trepania Rd., Hayward, WI 54843.

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