LTC to Kick-off Manufacturing Month with Open House and Grand Opening





A public Open House of the Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the Lakeshore Technical College campus takes place on October 1. The Open House begins at 3:00 and runs through 7:00 pm. In addition to a brat fry and tours, A “Made Here” Manufacturing Showcase, sponsored by Community Bank & Trust, will be held under a big top tent and more than 30 manufacturers will give attendees a chance to learn about great manufacturing careers in Wisconsin. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be many activities and tour stops such the new welding lab with 50 new Miller welding booths, spacious labs and new classrooms for Food Production and Safety, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool, Mechanical Design, Electro Mechanical and Industrial Electrical training. Attendees will also have access to faculty for all programs at LTC and will also be able to tour the outdoor Wind Energy Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab and displays from Project GRILL and MiniChopper.

“Manufacturers fuel our local economy so there are a wide variety of high tech and high demand manufacturing career opportunities available,” says LTC President Michael Lanser. “There are also many other careers that are made here, including energy, business, IT, health public safety. We encourage everyone to come out and explore.”

The Open House follows a Grand Opening and Dedication ceremony at 2:00 pm that is open to Manitowoc and Sheboygan County manufacturers and their employees. It is also an official kick-off to Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin.

The Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence is a creative solution to address the skilled manufacturing worker shortage in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. By raising $2.5 million in private support for this project, LTC will more than double the number of students in welding, CNC and Machine Tool programs. The increased space and equipment fortifies the College’s electromechanical and industrial maintenance programs and help fill local employers’ most pressing need for welders, millwrights and machinists. This expansion will also increase capacity to train and provide workers for the jobs of the future such as robotic welding.

The Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence project consists of two buildings. The first was a 19,000 sq. foot addition to the existing Flexible Training Arena. That building opened in January of 2014 and students train in Industrial Welding, Welding Fabrication, and Industrial Maintenance. A second building, the Nierode Building, is a renovation of an existing building and broke ground in April. It was completed in August and trains CNC Machinists, Machine Tool Technicians and will also offer automation and robotics training for industries such as Food Production and Safety. These two buildings form the Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence.

This increased capacity is important because every 50 new additional graduates earning an average $18 an hour equates to $1.87 million in annual wages. In just 5 years these 50 graduates will funnel $9.35 million into the local economy as 9 of 10 LTC grads stay in the Lakeshore area.

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, 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

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