Earn your LSSU Bachelor’s Degree Across Northern Michigan! 

Locations in


Iron Mountain


Les Cheneaux / Hessel

and St. Helen

Petoskey Regional Center Group

LSSU Regional Centers and Locations Mission Statement

LSSU’s regional centers and locations are committed to excellence in serving the educational needs of the local communities by providing opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth to area residents.

Delivering Academic Excellence Close to You!

LSSU offers a student-oriented approach to higher education. Our small class size, experienced faculty, and the ability to pursue your educational dreams close to home are what the LSSU regional centers and locations are all about.  We are here for you – our students.

We are proud of the high-quality instruction we provide and of the personal attention that has always been a hallmark of the Lake Superior State University experience.

For assistance in planning your educational goals, stop by our regional center offices in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Petoskey or Hessel, or our location at St. Helen, schedule an appointment with a one of our coordinators, or request information online. We can help answer your academic questions in areas of admissions requirements, scholarship/financial aid, counseling, course selection and registration for classes.

About LSSU

  • A degree right here

    You can finish your degree or certificate without traveling to LSSU’s main campus. The courses are offered in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Petoskey, or Hessel. Please consult with the Regional Center Coordinator to determine if there are any main campus class requirements associated with specific programs.

  • When to start

    You can begin a bachelor degree if you have earned 88 credits or an associate degree. It’s recommended that you first complete an associate degree and obtain the MTA stamp (indicating your general education courses have been satisfied at the degree-granting institution).  Most certificate programs do not require transfer of credits from previous institutions.

  • Completing your degree or certificate

    If you have an associate degree, you can typically earn a bachelor degree in two or three years by taking two classes per semester (including summers)

    The Culinary Arts Chef Certificate from the Hessel – Les Cheneaux Regional Center is a one-year, three term program.

  • Classes that fit your schedule

    Classes for bachelor degree programs are offered on week nights or weekends. We also have online, blended (a portion meets in-seat as well as an on-line component), Interactive TV, and tape-delayed DVD classes. A typical night class meets from 6-9 p.m. for 15 weeks. The weekend classes usually meet five weekends (Fri. & Sat.) throughout the semester.

    The Culinary Arts Program classes are conducted Mondays through Thursdays from 8am-4pm at the Hessel – Les Cheneaux Culinary School and Restaurant location, with students receiving hands-on instruction and practice in the 5,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Faculty

    Faculty members for degree programs have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in their field. Their classroom and career experience enhance program instruction. Both full-time LSSU faculty and adjunct professors provide high-quality education to our students.

    Faculty for the Hessel-Les Cheneaux Regional Center Culinary Arts Program are Executive Chef Zach Schroeder, the Program Director, and graduate instructor Chef Spencer Hoffman.

  • Personal Attention

    Our staff at the LSSU Regional Centers are available to assist with educational planning, scheduling, obtaining resources and other issues. We make it easy for you to earn your degree or certificate from a Lake Superior State University regional center!

Additional Services

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides free academic support (such as tutoring and mentoring) to all registered Lake State students. Visit https://www.lssu.edu/academic-services/academic-success-center/ for more info!

Accessibility Services

Services are arranged with the assistance of the regional center staff, who can assist with providing extended testing time, proctoring in alternative locations, obtaining alternative format for textbooks and exams. Disability Services also serves as the facilitator between students, faculty, and regional center staffing. Additional information may be found at https://www.lssu.edu/academic-services/accessibility/.


LSSU’s current and past academic catalogs are at https://www.lssu.edu/catalog/

Library Services

Check out our library webpage at https://www.lssu.edu/library/ and click on “Library Services for Regional and Online Students” for information on off-campus services.


Access e-mail, set up a calendar, register for classes, check grades, and much more at https://my.lssu.edu!


Textbooks are available from the Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University bookstore. Call (906) 635-2645.