Lakeshore Technical College Grad Gives Back with $100,000 Pledge to the LTC Foundation

The Jesse L. Klein Memorial Scholarship will impact generations of students.




Philanthropy is alive among those in the lakeshore community who believe technical education is a viable means to job security. A retired Lakeshore Technical College graduate who credits his success to faculty members who mentored and guided him is giving back to his alma mater. Two Rivers resident and retired U.S. Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Jesse L. Klein is providing scholarships for generations of LTC students with his $100,000 pledge to the LTC Foundation.

“Knowledge is power, and it will take you places you can never imagine,” Klein advises students. “With enough hard work, you too will be able to pay it forward someday.”

Klein earned associate degrees at LTC in IT-Network Specialist and IT-Computer Support Specialist in 2014, after completing deployments overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He retired from the military in 2016 after serving 33 years.

“Jesse will support students with this generous gift made in honor of LTC faculty and staff members who led him into a successful career after he returned from serving in the U.S. Army. Generations of LTC students will be impacted by his gift,” said LTC Vice President of Advancement Kristy Liphart, who oversees the Foundation.

The first Jesse L. Klein Memorial Scholarship was awarded to a student attending LTC this fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded each semester. All LTC students who are enrolled in an associate degree program and have financial need are eligible to apply by completing the foundation’s online application.

Klein’s pledge adds to the positive donor activity the LTC Foundation has experienced over the past year, according to Liphart. “We are grateful for the generosity of donors during the ‘Save a Seat’ campaign we launched during the pandemic. Thanks to them we provided students with approximately three times the amount of emergency grants and scholarships than we did the prior year, which helps get them closer to completing their degrees and out into the workforce.”

Donors provide dozens of scholarships through the LTC Foundation. To apply, visit The deadline to apply for spring 2022 scholarships is October 25, 2021.

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Jesse L. Klein at his May 17, 2014 Lakeshore Technical College commencement. (Empire Photo)

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, #20 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 for two consecutive years.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $52,000 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