Lakeshore Technical College Receives 1 of 14 Grants Funded by Microsoft Foundation




Lakeshore Technical College is one of only 14 community colleges nationwide to be included in the third cohort of the “Cyber Skills for All: Community Colleges Lead the Way” initiative funded by Microsoft Foundation. Lakeshore was awarded $20,000 as a result.

The American Association of Community Colleges is managing the initiative. The intent of the initiative is to build a nationwide community of practice focused on increasing participation and/or enrollment in cybersecurity programs at community colleges as a means of economic development. Leaders from each college will engage in sessions fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas, allowing them to incorporate the valuable insights gained from this partnership with Microsoft. 

Lakeshore launched its cybersecurity program in 2022. According to Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen, enrollment has exceeded expectations though upskilling and reskilling efforts for incumbent and displaced workers are crucial to meeting employer needs in northeast Wisconsin.

“This grant will enable Lakeshore to accelerate our efforts to recruit women and underrepresented students into cyber fields,” said Carlsen. “As a continued practice within our college, we will also seek opportunities to engage in critical dialogue with other colleges nationally to continue improving our program and share lessons learned with others.” 

For information about Lakeshore’s cybersecurity program, visit  


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About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college educating more than 9,000 students annually. Students enroll at Lakeshore to master real-world, employable career skills and start their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Lakeshore faculty and staff are focused on providing each student an individualized learning experience.
Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized two-year college. The college was ranked #2 in the nation by Washington Monthly, #17 in the nation by Forbes, #20 in the nation by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist five out of the last six years, and named the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.
Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore each year, and associate degree graduates report earning a median salary of $59,899 within six months of graduating. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore educates students at learning campuses in downtown Manitowoc and downtown Sheboygan. Classes are also offered at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at