LTC honors Record-Number of Graduates at Sheboygan County Youth Apprenticeship Ceremony



Amerequip President and CEO Mike Vander Zanden, addresses youth apprenticeship graduates at Lakeshore Technical College.


CLEVELAND — The growing partnership between Amerequip Corporation and the Sheboygan County Youth Apprenticeship Program highlighted the Sheboygan County YA graduation ceremony held at Lakeshore Technical College on May 29. The event drew nearly 125 people.

Amerequip President and CEO Mike Vander Zanden delivered remarks to the high school junior and senior students who seized the unique opportunity to work side by side with engineers, nursing staffs, welders, banking personnel, chefs, CNC operators and many other professionals and benefit from their knowledge and skills.

"We are so grateful for the Youth Apprenticeship program and will increase our commitment to the program next year," said Vander Zanden. "The program exposes students to many different skills and equips them with knowledge when they enter the workforce."

Amerequip completed their first year in partnership with Youth Apprenticeship by employing 3 students. They work with these student employees as mentors and co-workers for up to two years to fully understand the position as well as the company’s culture. Most students, upon completing high school, will continue their education but many will continue working for these employers as their education allows. Some are offered adult apprenticeships after completing high school because of the Youth Apprenticeship experience.

Amerequip is currently interviewing local students who have applied for the Youth Apprenticeship Program for a total of 5 positions in their company for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.

The Sheboygan YA program has grown rapidly in the past few years, from 11 students in 2010-11 to the current 32 students. The program will swell to 65 students in the 2013-14 school year. Area businesses are acknowledging the need to recruit future employees to occupations that will be in demand in the near future. The commitment from local high schools, LTC and area businesses will ensure that opportunities are available to students in the career fields which are most sought after by industries in the Sheboygan area.

"Many students have solidified their choice of occupation based upon their full one or two year experience and with the help of their mentor as well as the relevant classwork," says Sheboygan YA Coordinator Jill Preissner. "It’s this combination of work and extra career related education that makes the Youth Apprenticeship Program a unique experience for many students in the Sheboygan Area."

Other speakers who participated in the event included LTC President Dr. Michael Lanser, John Lukas, LTC Board Member and VP of LDI Industries in Manitowoc, Caitlin Carew, Health YA student, and Brendan Burhop, Manufacturing YA student.

The names of Youth Apprentice graduates, their high schools, companies and mentors appear below:


Elkhart Lake High School
Tyler Jones, Adam Klotzbach
Kiel High School
Mattece Charlton
Plymouth High School
Preston Beyer
Sheboygan Falls High School
Shawn Grothe, Caleb Richter
Sheboygan Lutheran High School
Haley Clark
Sheboygan South High School
Dalton Burke

Culinary/Hospitality Mentors

Nicole Kleinke, The American Club
Chad Kornetzke, The Osthoff
Sean Pieters, The Sheboygan Yacht Club
Paul Smitala, Blackwolf Run
Mark Tennie, Riverbend

Engineering Drafting

Elkhart Lake High School
Jonathan Starnitcky
Plymouth High School
Peyton Holzmann
Sheboygan Falls High School
Nick Schefsky, Cameron West

Engineering Drafting Mentors

Peter Dobbeck, Kohler Company
Ian Marquardt, Kohler Company
David Ourada, Kohler Company
Mark Schuessler, Vollrath Company


Sheboygan South High School
WeiLing Huang

Finance Mentor

Nou Lee, UnitedOne Credit Union


Elkhart Lake High School
Caitlin Carew
Sheboygan Lutheran High School
Taylor Bufton, Georgi Miller

Health Mentors

Stacy Kaltenbrun, Progressive Health Care
Jane Martin, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
Heather Susen, Sunny Ridge


Elkhart Lake High School
Devin Pfeifer
Howards Grove High School
Brendan Burhop, Ethan Schelk, Sean Daehn
Kiel High School
Nathan Pieper
Oostburg High School
John Bieszk
Plymouth High School
Andrew Meyer
Sheboygan North High School
Austin Hanson

Manufacturing Mentors

Louie Bowe, Kohler Company
John Capelle, Nemak
Jeff Ernst, Alaark
Joe Guth, Nemak
Scott Reynolds, Nemschoff
John Schmitt, HG Weber
Tom Thiel, Amerequip

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.

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