Lauren Vitko graduated from Joliet Junior College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. While there, she played on their volleyball team, which placed 2nd at the NJCAA Nationals. She then graduated from Illinois State University in May 2004 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, also serving an internship with juvenile probation.
After graduation, she first joined the Premier Academy Joliet staff as an Instructional Aide in 2004. The following year, Lauren was hired as a Student Support Specialist at Premier Academy Morris. She has served as the Public Relations Coordinator and the Employment Coordinator within the agency since 2008.