FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
CLEVELAND â€“Â As classes begin at Lakeshore Technical College, a new and improved transportation service has been addedÂ for LTC students, staff and community members conducting college business at the Cleveland Campus, LTC Manitowoc or Lakeshore Culinary Institute.Â Dubbed the LTC Express, the coach vehicle service will transport as many as 80 people each weekday between the LTC Cleveland campus, LTC-Manitowoc and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan.Â Â The program improves the shuttle van service that began in 2009 and quickly grew in popularity.
"Students spoke and we listened through a survey this summer," says Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC President. "In keeping with the mission of LTC, the LTC Express helps students overcome transportation barriers to nurture hope of a better future through education, training, and gainful employment. Â This is a significant upgrade to our existing service."
In late June, a survey was sent out to a group of students selected randomly to solicit input about the LTC Shuttle Program.Â Â Since its inception in 2009, the program has provided thousands of rides to and from Manitowoc, Cleveland and Sheboygan for a nominal fee with sponsorships and donations offsetting much of the cost.
According to survey results, 96% of respondents believed the Shuttle Program should be continued and 76% percent would consider using the Shuttle Program. The main areas for improvement were identified as lack of wheelchair or disability access and lack of space as the shuttle van was limited to 6 riders on a first come, first serve basis. As a result, LTC looked to partner with local transportation services to address these concerns.
By contracting with GO Riteway Transportation Group, LTCÂ has two coach vehicles with driversÂ to run the service twice per day from Manitowoc to the Cleveland campus and from Sheboygan to the Cleveland campus.Â Â The vehicles have wheelchair access and the expanded service means as many as 80 riders per day can take advantage of reducing their fuel and car maintenanceÂ expenses,Â using commuting time for homework andÂ making connections with other students.
The new LTC Express coach will pick up/drop off riders at the front entrances of LTC-Manitowoc, 3733 Dewey Street, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute on 712 Riverfront Drive. The LTCÂ Express coaches will run from August 22, 2013 through May 16, 2014 while the college is in session.
The fare to ride the LTC Express is $2 each way. Single tickets are $2 or a 10-ride pass can be purchased for $18. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Services Desk at LTC Cleveland and tickets are not transferable, refundable or replaceable. For further information, contact LTC Student Recruitment/Activities Specialist Tammie Stahl atÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or (920) 693-1286.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 11,000 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.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.