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Sixty five LTC students were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on April 2 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. Thirty six inductees were in attendance for the ceremony. Pictured first row, Left to Right: Catrina Chappel, Ashley Droste, Tanya Halverson, Pa Xiong, Sarah Mueller, Jessica Grundl and Emma Fillafer. Second Row, left to right: Victoria Gardner, Suzanne Sielski, Heather Schmidlkofer, Jaime Adkins, Jessica Dirks, Mikala Christensen, Jacob Tarnowski, Timothy Fibiger and Jessica Hansen. Third Row, left to right: Erin Wojcik, Jennifer Butler, Kayla Pautz, Nichole Mangin, Brittany Meise, Geraldine Gilbert, Aimee Hett, Stacy Thede, Emily Biese, Crystal Wilhite and Laura Schultz. Fourth Row, left to right: Megan Marver, Joan Schuttey, Courtney Hawver, Cassandra Wetzel, Frank Kulpa Jr., Luke Farley, Brandon Finck, Jennifer Bink and Stacie VanEss.
CLEVELAND, WI —
Sixty five students from Lakeshore Technical College were inducted into the Beta Lamda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on April 2nd at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. A reception for the new inductees was held prior to the ceremony. Thirty six inductees were in attendance for the ceremony.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has become one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in higher education. PTK is the only honor society that serves two-year colleges offering associate degree programs. Membership is based primarily on academic excellence and is extended by invitation only.
A recent study of PTK members shows that they have an overall student success rate of 91 percent compared to a national success rate of just 38 percent. Not only are PTK members four times more likely to complete college than an average student, but they are nearly twice as likely to complete college as students with similar grade point averages (3.5 or higher). In addition, leadership development is a hallmark of PTK, and employers are looking for leadership skills.
A formal welcome was given by Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC President and the keynote speaker for the evening of celebration was Jon Weiss, Hospitality and Golf Course Management Instructor at LTC. The PTK officers presiding over the ceremony were Sheri McGee, VP of Membership; Brianna Sprague, VP of College Relations and Heather Wiederhold, VP of Leadership.
New PTK members are listed by their Wisconsin hometown unless otherwise noted and include:
Katlin Basler, Jessica Hansen and Dallas Kahlhamer
Emily Biese, Jennifer Bink, Jose Davila-Hernandez, Ashley Droste, Luke Farley, Jessica Grundl, Sarah Mueller and Jacob Tarnowski
Dorthea Alsteen, Melissa Bruechert, Brandon Finck, Geraldine Gilbert, Aimee Hett, Ryan Meisner, Cheryl Quintana, Shane Rodriguez, Heather Schmidlkofer, Suzanne Sielski and Mason Wilson
Mikala Christensen, Tanya Riederer and Stacie VanEss
Jennifer Butler, Jennifer Campbell, Jessica Dirks, Victoria Gardner, Tanya Halverson, Courtney Hawver, Lee Jahnz, Gina Koelpin, Brownel Lee, Vanna Lor, CeTee Ly, Megan Marver, Brittany Meise, Christopher Niemuth, Kayla Pautz, Kathryn Reinwand, Laura Schultz, Joan Schuttey, Stacy Thede, Crystal Vue and Pa Xiong
Holly Bonnett, Rachel Prahl, Crystal Wilhite and Allison Wischki
Frank Kulpa Jr. and Susan Landt
"Phi Theta Kappa is all about achieving greatness. We see such growth from the time students become members and get involved up until graduation," says Sue Kinneston, LTC Testing Services Manager and PTK Advisor. "PTK offers students opportunities to develop leadership skills which helps them succeed after graduation."
Phi Theta Kappa's theme this year is "See Your Greatness". This year, new PTK inductees were asked to select an LTC staff or faculty member who was influential in helping achieve their educational goals and lifelong dreams. The following recipients were honored at the 2015 PTK Spring Induction Ceremony: Britanni Meinnert, Supervisory Management/Hotel and Hospitality Management Instructor; Kristi Irving, Counselor; Rivi Hatt, TRiO Student Support Services Director; Erin Souik, TRiO Student Support Services Coordinator; Tootsie Sommers, TRiO Student Services Outreach Specialist; Laurie Adelman, Administrative Assistant/Graphic and Web Instructor; Kelly Ryba, Mechanical Design Instructor; Bonnie Silbernagel, Accounting Instructor; Michael Reisenauer, Marketing Instructor and Cathy Newport, Culinary Adjunct Faculty.
PTK Advisors are Sue Kinneston, LTC Testing Services Manager and Mary Kultgen, LTC Instructor.
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, 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 WalletHub.com, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.
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 gotoltc.edu.
*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.