Lakeshore Technical College VP Named a Finalist for Nationwide Rising Star Award




The American Association of Community Colleges has announced finalists for its 2023 Awards of Excellence. Lakeshore Technical College’s Vice President of Strategy Shauna Nischik is among four finalists for the Rising Star – Executive award.

“Shauna has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout the five years she has worked at Lakeshore Technical College. Her successful creation of our Grants Council has significantly elevated our ability to fund, implement, and scale new initiatives that benefit our students and community,” said Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen.

Nischik was promoted to her current role on Lakeshore’s leadership team in December after serving as the college’s executive director of grants since 2021. Prior to that time, she filled the roles of senior grants coordinator and grants and research specialist. Nischik joined Lakeshore in 2017.

Award winners will be announced April 3 in Denver at the AACC Awards of Excellence Gala.

Shauna Nischik
Shauna Nischik

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 8,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on Lakeshore for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. Lakeshore faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals. 

Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #4 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist three out of the last four years, and the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.

Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore Technical College each year, and associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $54,048 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at