LTC Honors Apprentices at Banquet




Twenty nine apprentices were honored May 18 at Lakeshore Technical College's annual Apprenticeship Completion Banquet held at Millhome Supper Club in Kiel.

The banquet recognized the completion of the paid-related classroom instruction for individuals in LTC's apprenticeship programs. In these programs, workers earn while they learn the practical and theoretical aspects of highly skilled occupations. LTC's registered apprentices are sponsored by employers and paid hourly wages to attend LTC in their specific trades. 

The apprenticeship completers were recognized by keynote speaker, John Lukas, Vice President of LDI, Inc. in Manitowoc. Lukas is an active advocate for apprenticeship by serving on several committees, both locally and at the state, that center around apprenticeship and Lukas is a member of the State of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Consortium through the Department of Workforce Development.

Apprentices recognized - including their hometown, apprenticeship area and sponsoring employer - are: 

Elkhart Lake

Jason Oleson, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Fond du Lac

Ryan Mitchell, Sheet Metal Worker, J. F. Ahern Company


Alexander Hoffmann, Industrial Electrician, Charter Steel

Howards Grove

Trevor Wehrmann, Maintenance Technician, Curt G. Joa Inc.


Nathaniel Schultz, Maintenance Mechanic Johnsonville, Sausage LLC


Thomas Bartelme, Maintenance Mechanic, LDI Industries

Gregory Bauer, Tool and Die Maker, Jagemann Stamping Company

Scott Paquette, Tool and Die Maker, KNM LLC

James Siebert, Maintenance Mechanic, Federal Mogul Power Train Systems

DeNean Stadelman, Machinist, Ariens Company

Tou Vang, Machinist 


Keith Schleis, Machinist 


Andrew Karpinski, Industrial Electrician, Charter Steel

Steven Laehn, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Matthew Williams, Maintenance Technician Mechanical, Alliant Energy Edgewater


Ross Gamble, Mold Maker (Die Cast) (Plastic), Nemak

Stephen Kalies, Patternmaker All Around, Brillion Iron Works Inc.


Lincoln Gregory, Tool and Die Maker, The Vollrath Company LLC

David Guillette, Mold Maker (Die Cast) (Plastic), Nemak

Charles Hattula, Industrial Electrician, Bemis Manufacturing Company

Timothy Popp, Millwright, Curt G. Joa Inc.

Pao Yang, Millwright, Plastics Engineering Company

Sheboygan Falls

Joshua Ewald, Sheet Metal Worker, Aldag Honold Mechanical Inc.

Matt Gaboda, Maintenance Technician Mechanical, Alliant Energy Edgewater

Branden Zinser, Machinist, Curt G. Joa Inc.

Two Rivers

Craig Gates, Machinist, Kaufman Manufacturing Company

Rodney Hanes, Machinist, Ariens Company

Zachary Puddy, Metal Fabricator, Manitowoc Cranes Inc.


Roger Willoughby, Metal Model Maker, The Vollrath Company LLC


Peter Davis, Sheet Metal Worker, Crafts, Inc.


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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