LTC Students Receive Awards at National Conference




Recently, seven LTC students qualified to participate in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This year, over 700 students from agriculture colleges and universities from 16 states were in attendance. Participants from LTC placed at both the national and state levels.

In the national team competitions, LTC placed fourth out of 21 teams in Dairy Specialist and was the highest placing school with a one year program. The Dairy Specialist team included Sam Nigon, Nick Miles, and Jenny Nash. Nash placed 9th overall, Miles placed 12th, and Nigon placed 15th out of a total 64 competing individuals.

In national individual employment interview competitions, three students placed highly in their respective categories. Kyle Holtz took second place in Forestry and Natural Resources, Nigon placed fourth in Dairy Production, and Dianne Philipsen took fourth in Agriculture Education.

At the state level, LTC had two teams with five of the top ten individuals that placed in the top three in the Dairy Specialist category with one team taking first place and the other taking third place. In the state individual employment interview competitions, five students placed highly in their respective categories. Philipsen was first in Agriculture Education, Nigon was first in Dairy Production, Holtz was first in Forestry and Natural resources, Wouter Star was second in Dairy Production and Calvin Abts was third in Dairy Production.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments these students attained at the conference," said Sheryl Nehls, LTC Dairy Herd Management Instructor. "LTC is one of very few one year programs at Nationals and we always competed well with the two year schools."

PAS is one of 10 career and technical student organizations approved by the United States Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education. Their motto is "uniting education and industry in agriculture."

Nine LTC students recently attended the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Nine LTC students recently attended the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. First Row, L to R, Tyler Hanna, Brittany Mueller, Kyle Holtz, Second Row: Wouter Star, Nick Miles, Dianne Philipsen, Calvin Abts, Sam Nigon, and Jenny Nash.


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.