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Manitowoc Lincoln High teacher Rick Conrad accepts his Top Tech Award from Lakeshore Technical College at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan. Mishicot School District counselors Amber Brewer and Marci Kuhn pose with their Top Tech Awards from Lakeshore Technical College. From L to R: Tom Ellenbecker, Mishicot High School Principal, Kuhn, Brewer, Colleen Timm, Mishicot School District Superintendant.
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College presented theirÂ Â 2ndÂ annual awards Top Tech Awards to recognizeÂ the top influencers in career and technical education in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.Â Â The five awards were presented at a reception at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute on February 20th.
Educators from Manitowoc County were recognized with three of the awards.
Rick Conrad of Manitowoc Lincoln High School serves as the schoolâ€™sÂ Youth Apprenticeship Liaison, Transition Specialist, Work Experience Teacher, and Tech Ed teacher. Conrad was nominated for hisÂ role in the approximately 30 students a year from Manitowoc Lincoln High School participating in Youth Apprenticeship. Conrad sets up job shadows for all Lincoln students, transitions special needs students into the workforce through a fundamental work experience program, and coordinates over 50 students in Lincoln's work experience programs. He has worked with all departments on their career and technical education advisory committees, and is currently working with the Tech Ed department on their 3 year plan and new course proposals.
â€œThe ultimate thing is I get to help kids figure out what they want to do with their lives and that is a pretty cool opportunity to have,â€ said Conrad. â€œI believe in career and technical education so much that I switched from being an English teacher after getting my Masterâ€™s degree. While English was fun, I couldnâ€™t always answer kids who would ask me when they would ever use this knowledge. I donâ€™t have that issue as a Tech Ed teacher and I love it.â€
Marcy Kuhn and Amber Brewer,Â Academic Advisors and Guidance Counselors for Mishicot High School and Mishicot Middle School, were also presented with a Top Tech Award for their leadership, tenacity, and passion for studentsâ€™ post-secondary success. Their High School Advisement Period provides weekly lesson plans to each of the four grade levels to better prepare students after the end of high school. TheirÂ Career Portfolio project implements student, parent, and school counselor meetings at key transition points in a studentâ€™s school career. During these meetings, the studentâ€™s strengths and areas of improvement, future plans, and goal setting are discussed with assessments aiding students and parents in their course choices and development of their 4 year plans.Â This duo isÂ sought after as a resource by other organizations and districts to replicate this success.
â€œWhenever we go out to talk about our portfolio program, weâ€™re usually asked if weâ€™ve been able to increase the percentage of students who go on to earn a bachelorâ€™s degree,â€ said Kuhn. â€œWe always tell them that is not our goal. When we started, we had 13% of kids who said they didnâ€™t know what they wanted to do after high school. Today weâ€™re at 2% because we work with LTC and Manitowoc County businesses to job shadow and get kids technical education.â€Â
2013 winners Top Tech Award winnersÂ Â Ron Schneider and Dave Teske from Kiel High School attended the event that also included a demonstration of a software program that quickly produces local economic, salary and employer demand data for a large number of careers. A panel of LTC alumni also shared their stories of success through career and technical education.Â Â Â Career and Technical EducationÂ prepares people for specific trades, craftsÂ andÂ careersÂ or a professional position in fields such as engineering, accounting, nursing, health, and agriculture as well as many other fields.
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.