LTC Earns Honors at national Phi Theta Kappa Conference




Lakeshore Technical College President Michael Lanser was recently awarded a 2015 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at Phi Theta Kappa's 97th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this national award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa's longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa's Most Distinguished College President in 1984.


LTC also earned recognition as a Top 100 Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa among the nearly 1,300 chapters worldwide.  Each year, chapters participate in the Hallmark Awards Program.  The top combined scores from the Honors in Action Project Award and the College Project Award are used to determine the Top 100 chapters.    The projects recognize excellence in academic research, leadership roles and leadership development activities, service learning and collaboration. 


"I believe strongly in PTK because I've seen the direct correlation PTK has on student success," said Lanser. "Our students take this very seriously and I'm really happy they are being recognized for their efforts." 


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.


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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