Two LTC instructors honored by state apprenticeship system
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CLEVELAND, WI – Two retired LTC employees received state honors recently at the Wisconsin Apprenticeship centennial celebration in Madison.Jack Mattner, who led LTC’s apprenticeship programs until his retirement in 2008, received the Hall of Fame award for his distinguished record of contribution to the apprenticeship system. “Jack could answer any question you had about apprenticeships,” said Mike Thompson, dean of Trade & Industry and Apprenticeship at LTC. “Even today, I’ll give Jack a call.” Mattner was innovative in developing LTC’s apprenticeship program, and sponsored many initiatives to expand and improve the program, Thompson said. Richard Schmidt, a millwright, machine maintenance, and maintenance mechanic instructor who retired this year, received the Centennial Educator award. “Rich had such a capacity for caring, and such a dedication and devotion to apprenticeship,” Thompson said. Schmidt was the “go-to guy” for instructors, apprenticeship deans and journeymen across the state. “He’s an all-around great guy … very deserving of the award,” Thompson said. All 16 technical colleges in the state system offer apprenticeship programs overseen by the state Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, a division of the state Department of Workforce Development. The bureau chose the award winners from nominations submitted by technical colleges across the state. In 1911, Wisconsin formed the nation’s first apprenticeship model, as well as the vocational institutes that evolved into the state’s technical college system, Thompson said. The centennial celebration highlighted the growth and evolution of the state’s apprenticeship programs, which served 10,278 people in 2010, according to the BAS. LTC apprenticeships average 4 years, totaling 8,000 hours of combined work and classroom time. For more information on LTC’s apprenticeship programs, visit gotoltc.edu or call Nancy Bruckschen at (920) 693-1279.
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.