Apprentices honored at LTC banquet




Thirty apprentices were honored Monday at Lakeshore Technical College's annual Apprenticeship Completion Banquet held at Millhome Supper Club in Kiel.

The banquet recognized the completion of the paid-related classroom instruction for individuals in LTC's apprenticeship programs. In these programs, workers earn while they learn the practical and theoretical aspects of highly skilled occupations. LTC's registered apprentices are sponsored by employers and paid hourly wages to attend LTC in their specific trades.

The apprenticeship completers were recognized by keynote speaker, Reggie Newson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Newson relayed his own personal experience as his mother works as a machinist and his father as a welder.

“Without apprentices, we wouldn't have many of the modern conveniences we have today,” said Newson. “Apprentices have made things simple, convenient and have been driving innovation for years.”

Apprentices recognized Monday - including their Wisconsin hometown, apprenticeship area and sponsoring employer - are:

Anthony Hoffmann, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Brian Hansen, Maintenance Mechanic, Nemak

Eugene Jacobs, Machinist, LDI Industries

Francis Creek
Marshall Marquardt, Carpenter (Construction), Hamann Construction Company

Howards Grove
Kyle Prideaux, Industrial Electrician, Curt G Joa Inc.

Travis Fowler, Sheet Metal Worker, Groeschel Company Inc.

Russell Buretta, Tool and Die Maker, LDI Industries
Eric Chase, Machinist, KNM LLC
Jason Hastreiter, Machinist, HG Weber & Company Inc
Bruce Heimerman, Maintenance Mechanic, Federal Mogul Corporation
Matthew Heinzen, Tool and Die Maker, Manitowoc Tool & Manufacturing LLC
Brian Hetue, Maintenance Mechanic, PolyOne Corporation
Adam Korte, Industrial Electrician, Parker Hannifin Corporation
Daniel Luckow, Machinist, Stecker Machine Company Inc
Jarek Ordiway, Machinist, LDI Industries
Hayden Schmidt, Machinist, Jagemann Stamping Company
Paul Senn, Maintenance Mechanic, LDI Industries
Ryan Tollefson, Sheet Metal Worker, Aldag Honold Mechanical LLC

Jay Engelbert, Industrial Electrician, Scandia Plastics LLC

Kyle Kinney, Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance, Rockline Industries
Eric Neese, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage Inc.

Michael Blasczyk, Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance, Saco Polymers
Sherry Gamb, Tool and Die Maker, American Orthodontics
John Kupsch, Maintenance Mechanic, Masters Gallery Foods Inc
Chad Pennings, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage LLC
Troy Yurk, Maintenance Mechanic, Integral Electrical Service LLC

Sheboygan Falls
Scott Eckert, Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance, Nemak
James Theune, Maintenance Mechanic, Aurora Medical Center Grafton

Larry McBain, Maintenance Technician Mechanical, Alliant Energy Corporation

Dennis Bratz, Maintenance Mechanic, Nemak

Apprentices Honored

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.