When John Wormwood selected Lakeland College out of high school, a handful of friends in his hometown of Menominee, Mich., gave him a hard time.
"They razzed me about it, because they were going to big schools like Michigan and Michigan State," recalls Wormwood with a smile. "But for what I was interested in, business, I knew that the successful local companies like Kohler Co., ACUITY, Johnsonville and Sargento were going to provide a lot of opportunities."
Wormwood's instincts were right on the money. Shortly after graduating from Lakeland in May with a double major in business management and marketing and a minor in economics, he was hired as group sales coordinator at the prestigious American Club – a Kohler Co. property and Wisconsin's only AAA 5-diamond and Forbes Five-Star rated hotel.
When a group books a stay at the American Club, Wormwood helps hammer out details and make sure critical logistics – dining reservations, lodging, excursions, etc. – are in order.
"I am doing a lot of contract writing and sales outreach to groups," Wormwood says. "I work with the director of national accounts, so we're dealing with some pretty big contracts."
Wormwood credits Lakeland Student Success and Engagement Coach Kay Voss for helping him seize the Kohler Co. opportunity. He says Voss not only helped him sharpen his resume and LinkedIn profile, she also helped him hone his interview skills so he would exude just the right amount of confidence.
Now, as he launches into an exciting new career with this world-class company, Wormwood looks back proudly on his Lakeland experience.
"I loved it," he says. "Lakeland prepared me for a career, and I met so many awesome people from all over the world. It was a great experience."