FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College of Cleveland, WI announced that it has been selected into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. LTC is one of 200 community colleges across 35 states selected for this program. Achieving the Dream seeks to help more students earn postsecondary credentials, including occupational certificates and degrees. Since community college students often take several years to earn certificates or degrees, Achieving the Dream works with institutions to improve student progression through intermediate milestones.
"LTC will immediately begin the challenge of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention and completion rates," said LTC President Dr. Michael Lanser. "Every student matters at LTC and Achieving the Dream will help us understand how to make more informed decisions and help students achieve their goals."
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream's five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college's core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation's most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
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.