Manitowoc mayor addresses leadership, jobs with LTC students, staff
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CLEVELAND, WI –
Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels emphasized the importance of leadership and looking to the future when he spoke Feb. 3 to about 100 students and staff at Lakeshore Technical College.
"I like to think that my story will hopefully affect others to get involved not only in government, but in leadership positions everywhere," Nickels told the crowd. "My election shows what Manitowoc wants to become; Manitowoc doesn't just want to be the status quo city. My goal is to always look to the future."
Nickels highlighted Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, which is planning a more than $7 million facility downtown Manitowoc that is expected to bring more than 200 new jobs to the city in the next few years. The city invested $1 million in this facility, which Nickels said is a key part of recruiting businesses that will bring quality jobs opportunities to the community.
When Nickels was elected mayor in April 2009, the unemployment rate in the city of Manitowoc was 14 percent, as compared to 10 percent on Feb. 3, he said. In a continued effort to bring good jobs to the city and keep younger people from moving away after graduating from high school, Nickels said he is working with local school districts to determine strategies.
"One thing I admire about Justin is his courage - courage to run for election at such a young age, and then to take on the responsibility of being a mayor," LTC President Mike Lanser said. "I believe our students really took his message to heart. Being a student isn't just about learning in the classroom, it's also about learning from leaders in the community and applying those lessons to our own lives."
Nickels' presentation was part of LTC's Distinguished Leader Lecture series, which brings business and community leaders to the college to offer insight on a company, community or organization's needs and vision for the future, as well as the workforce characteristics that contribute to its success.
The next presentation in this series is scheduled for noon April 7. The featured speaker is Dave Sachse, president of Polar Ware/Stoelting.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates, and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; Community Education Centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.