Tech College Board Honors Kohler Co. With Futuremakers Partner Award



David Kohler, President of Kohler Company, accepts the Futuremaker Award from Wisconsin Technical College System Board Chair John Schwantes.
David Kohler, President of Kohler Company, accepts the Futuremaker Award from Wisconsin Technical College System BoardChair John Schwantes. From R to L: Lakeshore Technical College President Michael Lanser, Schwantes, Kohler, and Morna Foy, WTCS President.



CLEVELAND, WI - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its "Futuremakers Partner" award to Kohler Co. Tuesday evening at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan. The award recognizes the dynamic and enduring partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their community and employer partners.

Headquartered in Kohler, WI, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 34,000 associates with more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide. The company has a wide-reaching dedication to Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) and the community in which they have operated since 1873.

"Wisconsin's robust technical college system has been critical to our company's growth over the last 142 years, both as both a manufacturer of plumbing and power products as well as a provider of world-class hospitality services," said President and CEO David Kohler. "The flexibility and responsiveness of the technical college system to create new curriculum offerings, not only here in the Sheboygan-Manitowoc corridor but across the state, allows Kohler and other Wisconsin companies to be nimble - and ultimately successful - in this quickly changing world."

Over the last decade, more than 200 Kohler associates have taken courses at LTC in a wide variety of areas, including the skilled trades, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, mechanical design, culinary arts, and horticulture, among others. In addition, Kohler, Co., generously supported the new, state-of-the-art expansion of the KOHLER Center for Manufacturing Excellence training facility at LTC. That has led to new program offerings in CNC machining and welding fabrication, which produce workers with advanced manufacturing skills that are in high demand.

"The partnership with Kohler Co. adds tremendous value to our communities," said LTC President Michael Lanser. "Kohler Co. provides expertise on LTC advisory committees, offers student youth apprenticeship opportunities working closely with LTC, and provides generous scholarship support to students."

One Kohler,Co. scholarship recipient states, "I am a retired military veteran whose focus was always on leadership and management. As a civilian, I have also been in operations management in manufacturing for the last 17 years. As a recently displaced worker, I plan to pursue a degree in Manufacturing Management through the LTC program. Thanks to [Kohler, Co.] I am one step closer to that goal."

Lakeshore Technical College, and the Wisconsin Technical College System are pleased to recognize Kohler, Co. with the "Futuremakers Partner Award." Together with Kohler, Co. we are building a strong future for Wisconsin business.

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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