Veteran Finds Military Friendly Programs at LTC



John Konopacky
John Konopacky



CLEVELAND - The fact that Lakeshore Technical College was named this week to the Military Friendly Schools list for the seventh year in a row is of no surprise to John Konopacky.

The native of Lake Tomahawk, WI joined the Army after graduating from Lakeland Union High School in 2009. Konopacky, a former Army Ranger, served four deployments in Afghanistan and was a team leader for one of them.

Konopacky came to LTC in the fall of 2014 largely because LTC is the only college in the state to offer an associate degree in Wind Energy. He also decided to concurrently earn an associate degree in the Electro-Mechanical program, increasing his value to potential employers. He has also discovered it is an excellent place for military veterans.

"LTC made it very easy to administer the forms I needed to access GI Bill benefits." said Konopacky. "I've learned LTC is not only very open to working with veterans but Jayne Meyer at the LTC Financial Aid Office is extremely knowledgeable and great to work with."

LTC routinely works with County Veterans Services, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal VA to ensure veterans have every available resource to be successful. At the state level, LTC processes National Guard Tuition Grant Applications, Retraining Grant Applications for veterans who are dislocated workers, and VetEd Reimbursement Grants. Through the Wisconsin GI Bill, veterans and their dependents are able to apply for tuition and material fee waivers.  Over 100 students are served on an annual basis in this program. Also, a new program, Veterans Priority Registration, allows any veteran with an honorable discharge to receive priority registration privileges.

LTC's 7th consecutive Military Friendly designation comes from Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Institutions competed for this title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.

"Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses," said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. "Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation."

Konopacky sees that firsthand. He serves as a peer tutor for other students in the Academic Support Center at LTC and is lauded by other students for his ability to explain concepts and information.

"Based on my age and my experiences in the military, I look at things with through a lens of discipline and maturity and other students may not have that same perspective," says Konopacky, who is set to graduate with both degrees in May of 2016. "I'm very fortunate to have instructors here that recognize that as well and are great at meeting my classroom needs."

CAPTION: LTC student and Army veteran John Konopacky serves as a tutor for other students.

About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 74% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties.  Visit LTC at:

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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