New Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Health Care Excellence Breaks Ground at Lakeshore Technical College

Facility expansion will result in more grads, narrowing the gap in healthcare job openings.




Center for Health Care Excellence Breaks Ground
Breaking ground for Lakeshore Technical College’s new Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Health Care Excellence May 22 was Associate Dean of Nursing Lori Hertel, LTC Foundation board member Ross Niemi, Lakeshore Board President Don Pohlman, Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Senior Vice President and Chief of Human Resources Eric Humphrey, Franciscan Sisters Sponsored Ministry President and CEO Scott McConnaha, and Lakeshore nursing student Sandra Hyer.


A ceremonial groundbreaking event took place May 22 launching the construction of a 17,000-square-foot health skills and education center at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland. Lakeshore’s current health skills lab and classroom areas will be updated and expanded to create the new Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Health Care Excellence. 

The new $5 million center will support training 1,500 students annually—approximately double the current number of healthcare and emergency services students and professionals who train in the current facility. The new facility is expected to open to students in the fall of 2024.

“We do great things because we fundamentally believe the students who we teach and support deserve nothing less. This new Center for Health Care Excellence is a great thing. We thank our community for supporting us and pushing us to do great things,” said Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen.

Demand continues growing among area hospitals and clinics for thoroughly trained healthcare professionals in the fields of nursing, medical assistant, ophthalmic assistant, radiography, and emergency services. Updated facilities, equipment, and technology will enable Lakeshore to provide students with the highest quality professional health education quickly and effectively.

Partnering with Lakeshore Technical College, the LTC Foundation raised $3 million in funds for the overall initiative which includes over $200,000 in scholarship support for students enrolled in healthcare programs. Froedtert Health and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity donated $1 million—the largest gift in the college’s history. Other lead donors include the West Foundation, Frank G. and Freida K. Brotz Family Foundation, Lakeshore Community Foundation, and American Orthodontics. 

According to Carlsen, more than 75% of the college’s healthcare graduates stay in the community and work at local healthcare facilities.

The LTC Foundation continues raising funds for healthcare scholarships. Information about donating can be found at

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college educating more than 8,000 students annually. Students enroll at Lakeshore to master real-world, employable career skills and start their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Lakeshore faculty and staff are focused on providing each individual student an individualized learning experience.
Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized two-year college. The college was ranked the #2 in the nation by Washington Monthly, #17 in the nation by Forbes, #20 in the nation by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist four out of the last five years, and named the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.
Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore each year, and associate degree graduates report earning a median salary of $59,899 within six months of graduating. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore educates students at learning campuses in downtown Manitowoc and downtown Sheboygan, as well as in rural Manitowoc County at its School of Ag. Classes are also offered at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at