Lakeshore Technical College a Top 10 Finalist for Bellwether Award




For the second consecutive year, Lakeshore Technical College has been selected as a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. This annual award recognizes leading institutions of higher education having outstanding and innovative programs and practices in community college education. It is considered one of the most elite awards given to community colleges.

Bellwether Awards are given annually in three categories to colleges with cutting-edge, trendsetting programs or practices other colleges around the nation could find worth replicating. LTC is a finalist in the Workforce Development category for College Here & Now®, a new program that provides high school students the opportunity to earn their associate degree without leaving their high school.

“Being recognized as a Bellwether finalist two consecutive years shows the extent to which our faculty and staff are constantly innovating in the name of student success, and it is only natural this is being noticed on the national level,” says LTC President Dr. Paul Carlsen. “We are honored that College Here & Now is considered a national model of excellence, and greatly appreciate the community partnerships supporting the program.”

College Here & Now launched in September of this year as a collaborative effort between LTC, the Sheboygan Area School District, and Lakeland University.

In its first year at Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South high schools, more than 90 students are currently participating in College Here & Now. They are taking college-level courses at their schools, and are on their way to earning an LTC associate degree in information technology – web and software developer. Students completing the program will receive both their high school diploma and LTC degree at the same time – without ever having to leave their high school campus, take courses outside of the normal high school schedule, or pay tuition. The graduates can then choose to enter the workforce or transfer their credits to Lakeland University where they are guaranteed junior status and able to earn their bachelor’s degree in computer science in only two years.

A team from LTC and the Sheboygan Area School District will go on to attend the Community College Futures Assembly being held in February in San Antonio, Texas. At the assembly, the 10 college finalists from each of the three categories will present their entries to a panel of judges from around the country where one program in each category will be recognized as the winner.

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.