Lakeshore Technical College Students Excel at Skills USA Competition




Seven Lakeshore Technical College students earned a combination of gold, silver, and bronze awards at the annual Skills USA state-level competition, which was held virtually this year. The three who earned gold and one who earned bronze will compete during the national competition taking place virtually throughout the month of June.

Earning gold awards were: Justin Swigert, Sheboygan, Auto Service Technology; Cade Livermore, Sheboygan, CNC Milling Specialist; and Alex Lemberger, Whitelaw, Auto Refinishing Technology. All will compete nationally.

Earning silver awards were: Johnathan Shields, Manitowoc, Auto Refinishing Technology; and Ryan Wendt, Manitowoc, CNC Turning Specialist.

Earning bronze were: Matt Haefke, Sheboygan, Youth Apprentice, Precision Machining Technology; and Alex Hesselink, Sheboygan, Auto Service Technology. Haefke will compete nationally.

“This year has been a challenge for anyone learning high-tech, hands-on skills, though these students persevered and came out on top,” said Sheila Schetter, LTC’s Skills USA advisor and dean of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, and engineering. “I am proud of all our Skills USA participants who put themselves out there to compete virtually, which in some cases is more difficult than competing in person.”

Skills USA challenges students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs to apply their classroom learning in a competitive environment. Students focus on using their technical skills along with communication and troubleshooting skills as they compete against students from other technical colleges around the state and nationwide.

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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