Lakeshore Technical College’s Heidi Soodsma Receives National Recognition for Exemplary Service




The Association of Community College Trustees has awarded Heidi Soodsma, executive assistant and senior advisor to the president at Lakeshore Technical College, its 2022 Professional Board Staff Member Award for the association’s central region. She is one of five candidates eligible for the association’s national-level award. That award will be announced in October at an awards presentation held during the annual ACCT Leadership Congress in New York.

“Heidi performs her role at Lakeshore at an exceptionally high level and, as a result, elevates the performance of everyone she works with,” said Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen. “All of us at Lakeshore are proud of Heidi for earning this recognition.”

The award is presented to a board staff member of an ACCT member two-year post-secondary institution or affiliated state system in recognition of exemplary service. 

Soodsma joined Lakeshore in 2014. She works closely with the board of trustees, employees, and community members. According to Carlsen, Soodsma’s presidential support and strategic position on his leadership team have proven to be a valued asset to the board, himself, and the college. Soodsma also serves as a board member for United Way of Manitowoc County and The Crossing of Manitowoc County.

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Heidi Soodsma
Heidi Soodsma

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, #20 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