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LTC Information Technology Network Specialist Instructor Receives National Distinguished Faculty Award




The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has named Lakeshore Technical College faculty member Paul Benfield a national recipient of its Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation. LTC was the only college in Wisconsin to have a faculty member recognized, and one of nine colleges nationwide to have a faculty member recognized two consecutive years. LTC Welding Instructor and Program Coordinator Dave Saunders received the award last year, in its inaugural year.

Named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, the association established the designation to recognize individuals making a difference in the classroom.

Benfield, an information technology network specialist instructor who has been at LTC since 2000, received his award during the annual AACC convention held in Orlando, Fla., on April 14.

Criteria for nominees included: demonstrating passion for the students and the classroom; showing a willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom; being inclined to participate in college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.

“From the time I began at Lakeshore Technical College two years ago, Paul has stood out as an instructor and leader to whom students gravitate. Everything he does is for the benefit of students,” said LTC President Paul Carlsen. “His passion for helping students both in and out of the classroom is evident to all our team members and community partners. Students taking his classes are extremely well prepared for the workforce, more than ready to share their newfound knowledge and experience with employers.”

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LTC Instructor Paul Benfield

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LTC Instructor Paul Benfield with LTC President Paul Carlsen at the ceremony where Benfield received his Distinguished Faculty award.


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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, 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.