Michaels Becomes First LTC Student Named Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar



Bronze Scholar
LTC Student Alan Michaels (right) poses with Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in San Jose, California, on April 6. Michaels was one of fifty students awarded the Coca-Cola Bronze Scholarship.



CLEVELAND – Lakeshore Technical College student Alan Michaels has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. It is the first time an LTC student has achieved this prestigious honor and Michaels was the only student in the state of Wisconsin to receive a bronze scholarship. Michaels is from Glenbeulah.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion. Michaels was recognized for his accomplishment during a special reception and on stage at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in San Jose, California, on April 6. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program.

"We are so proud of Alan for this achievement," said Mike Lanser, LTC President. "To be honored with a bronze award is truly reflective of his dedication to his education."

Coca-Cola Bronze Scholars are selected based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. A record 1,800 applications were submitted this year. Community colleges can submit only two nominations per campus for this award. Michaels was nominated along with LTC student Michael Nelson, from Manitowoc, to participate. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

"We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures," said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. "Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees."

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

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.<.p>

LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $46,800 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.

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