LTC Receives National Science Foundation Advancing Technological Education Grant

One of only 10 colleges in the nation to earn prestigious grant award




Lakeshore Technical College was selected as a recipient of a MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and awarded by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“This is one of the first, competitive, nationwide grants awarded to LTC in a number of years and we are extremely honored to be one of only 10 colleges in the nation selected for the MentorLinks program,” said LTC President Dr. Paul Carlsen. “We pride ourselves on providing the best learning environments for our students, and with the MentorLinks grant, we can help raise our community’s overall educational attainment and meet the needs of our regional employers.”

The $20,000 grant is to be used to support efforts associated with program development or improvement related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education with an emphasis on professional development. LTC’s grant focuses on college-level instruction in high schools as part of its College Here & Now initiative. More than 100 Sheboygan Area School District high school students have already pre-enrolled in College Here & Now, which offers the opportunity to earn an LTC associate degree at the same place and time they complete their high school diplomas, with no tuition cost.

The grant will pair LTC College Here & Now Instructor Sarah Bornemann and Business & Technology Dean Doug Hamm with a mentor college, and their professional development activities will focus on establishing and benchmarking College Here & Now student performance metrics for enrollment, course completion, and retention. They will also look to effectively scale programming for additional high schools and bring other STEM programs to the College Here & Now delivery format.

College Here & Now was announced in October, 2018 in partnership with the Sheboygan Area School District and Lakeland University to meet the growing, local need for information technology (IT) employees by strengthening the IT talent pipeline.

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.