LTC Receives $2.06M Department of Education Grant




The United States Department of Education has awarded Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) a $2.06 million competitive grant under the Title III Strengthening Institutions program.

This grant program provides funding to institutions of higher education so they can expand and strengthen their capacity to serve low-income students. The funds are payable over five years.

“This grant will be used to provide new and innovative programing and services to our students, elevating our already student-centered instruction and support services to an even higher level,” said LTC President Dr. Paul Carlsen. “The funds will also help us meet the demand local employers have for highly skilled employees.”

LTC will invest the grant funds in the development of competency-based learning formats, the deployment of additional student support services, and the implementation of a holistic student support system.

Competency-based learning allows students to have a high degree of flexibility with their schedules and obtain college credit for skills already mastered, allowing them to earn their degrees faster. It also allows students to learn at their own pace by progressing after having proven specific job competencies, and choose for themselves the best times to learn on campus. Competency-based learning formats will be developed for high-demand, high-wage programs including those in advanced manufacturing, which are among the highest in demand locally.

Additional student support services will help each student, including those who are low-income, of color, or with disabilities, reach their goal of a college degree and a career.

A holistic student support system will focus on student advisors taking new approaches to helping students overcome the challenges they face while working toward obtaining their education and career goals. 

This grant award follows the recent announcement that LTC was named the No. 2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine of U.S. politics and government based in Washington, D.C.

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.