LTC Offers Two Professional Development Series




Lakeshore Technical College is offering a pair of professional development seminar series beginning this February. The Human Resources Seminar Series and Leadership Development Training Seminars begin in February and participants can choose to register for all seminars in a series or register a la carte.

The six part Leadership Development series recognizes the future leaders of company are already within that organization and these seminars will give them the tools they need to advance into leadership roles.

The first seminar offered in the Leadership Development series is “Essentials of Leadership”.  This seminar will be held on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon on the Cleveland campus and will cover how to obtain the soft skills required of leaders in organizations.  Other topics that will be covered in this series include conflict resolution, critical thinking and problem solving, working as a high performing team, peer leadership and behavioral based safety.

The instructors for the Leadership Development series of seminars will be Doug Hamm, LTC Human Resource Administration Instructor and Ben Nickel, LTC Safety and Rescue Instructor.

Doug Hamm has a significant background in production and operations management including over 15 years of plant management experience in the automotive and building products industries. His area of expertise is continuous improvement and human resource management and motivation. He holds a PHR credential along with his certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt and DDI (Development Dimensions International) Facilitator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History and has his Master’s degree in Business Administration. 

Ben Nickel has over 8 years of experience in safety management, safety consultation and instruction in both private and public sectors.   Ben is certified as an OSHA 10 and 30 hour general industry instructor and also specializes in safety management, safety program development, and accident prevention/investigation and safety team formation.  Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in Health Promotion and Wellness, with a minor in Safety and Health Protection.

The four part Human Resources seminars are geared for those working in the Human Resources sectors who are interested in gaining the knowledge needed to address today's employment issues.

The first seminar offered in the Human Resources series is “Respectful Workplace”.  This seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 19th from 8:30am – 11:30am on the Cleveland campus and will explore what we can do as leaders of our organizations to improve stressful work situations.  Other topics that will be covered in this series include supervisory training skills, hiring the correct people and workplace flexibility.

The instructor for this series of seminars will be Rick Balzan, owner of BALZAN HR, a Human Resources Consulting Firm.  Balzan has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Leadership and Human Resources and has worked as an HR professional in the health care, other service, and manufacturing industries.  He currently continues to work in those industries as an independent consultant. 

LTC is a HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) Approved Provider. To register by phone with credit card, call 1.888.GO TO LTC (1.888.468.6582) Ext. 1366. For questions or detailed information, visit or call Ruth at 920.693.1167, or e-mail at

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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