Even though Jacob Barthels won’t graduate from Lakeland University with a business degree until next year, he has already accumulated an impressive resume of internships in his chosen field. And it all started in high school.
Barthels, who was salutatorian of his 2015 graduating class at Sheboygan Falls High School, was already thinking about a career as an accountant when a career aptitude evaluation with his guidance counselor confirmed that he was on the right path.
To help prepare, he took a Computer Application class from Jim Conklin his senior year.
“That class really helped me learn the functionality of Excel and the Microsoft Office Suite,” said Barthels, who has used Excel extensively during his current and previous internships.
During his English 12 class with Dawn Hogue, he crafted an essay that he used for all his college applications.
He also appreciates the fact that he was able to use Chromebooks and laptop computers throughout his high school career.
“In general, the use of Chromebooks and laptops in several of my classes gave the class the ability to use software for labs in science courses,” he said. “Chromebooks helped in my other courses because it was very convenient to do research or online homework in a classroom rather than going to the computer lab. It gave us the flexibility we needed if any computer labs were in use.”
Barthels is a junior at Lakeland majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with emphases on finance and insurance. He is on track to graduate in 2019.
He is a tax intern at Schenck SC in Sheboygan and will be an accounting/finance intern at Sargento Foods in Plymouth this summer. He has already had finance and accounting internships at Clipper City Co-op in Manitowoc and Lakeland University.
“Overall, I am very impressed and thankful for the opportunities Sheboygan Falls High School gave me to grow in my professional and technological skill set,” he adds. “I am also proud to be a Falcon!”