From Below the Sea to Above the Clouds



Paul, of Wauwatosa, is one of 233 graduates who earned degrees this fall from Lakeshore Technical College. LTC's Winter Commencement was held on December 19.



The goal for many graduates is to find a career and establish themselves with both feet firmly planted on the ground. New LTC graduate Seth Paul has a different perspective on that goal.


After graduating from Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Seth pursued his love of scuba diving by enrolling in the Commercial Dive Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. A year later, he began his career in the commercial diving field, performing underwater welding tasks, bridge inspections and a variety of underwater construction projects.


"It's exciting work but there just wasn't enough of it to make a steady living," said Paul. "It was feast or famine with work and when I wasn't working, I was spending money and finding it tough to manage a living. I knew I needed to find a new career."


Paul's father is a Physician's Assistant at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and suggested nursing could give him the excitement he was looking for in a career. After initially resisting the idea, Paul began to imagine the possibilities.


"Nursing is a big umbrella with a lot of different opportunities to find a niche," says Paul. "After looking at a few programs I found LTC and I could enroll the next semester. I really liked that I could take some courses online and other classes were small enough that lectures were more like conversations than anything else. It was a great way to learn."


Seth, 27, will start his career in pediatric in the Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.


"I was able to start there as a CNA and my LTC experience helped me land an internship in the ICU," says Paul. "I now have a position as an R.N. waiting for me there as soon as I complete my boards."


Paul isn't viewing that as his final destination. His goal is to return to school, earn a bachelors' degree and also enroll in a paramedic program in order to eventually get into flight nursing.


"Flight nursing would be great not only because it is an exciting and fulfilling career but also because it has great flexibility," says Paul. "I can find time to do some recreational diving and maybe start my own company doing some light commercial diving."


Seth Paul joins 232 other graduates who also earned degrees. They are listed by their hometown:



Nicole Claudon, Court Reporting


Augustina Mendoza, Medical Coding Specialist

Beaver Dam   

Kimberley Martin, Medical Coding Specialist


Andrew Langland, Welding-Industrial


Sharesa Desotelle, Court Reporting


Jacob Miller, Fabrication Technician


Chelsea Ronsman, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant


Dayton Goehring, Business Management; Amanda Higgins, Radiography

Cedar Grove  

Nicole Bruggink, Practical Nursing; Amy Dekker, Medical Assistant; Kari Morales, Practical Nursing; Tanner Veldre, Welding-Industrial


Parker Stecker, Welding-Industrial


Amanda Holler, Practical Nursing; Jennifer Rienas, Medical Assistant

Combined Locks       

Donna Baeten, Pharmacy Technician


Cody Christensen, Welding-Industrial

Eau Claire      

Nicole Ruth, Health Information Management

Elkhart Lake  

Matt Zabel, Welding-Industrial

Fond du Lac   

Stephanie Groshek, Court Reporting


Laura Feider, Fire Medic


Nicole Pilgrim, Nursing-Associate Degree


Samantha Poss, Pharmacy Technician

Green Bay      

Quadalupe Orosco, Pharmacy Services Management


Kendy Hess, Radiography


Kevin Peltonen, Welding-Industrial


Emily Pierquet, Medical Coding Specialist


Emily Biese, Culinary Arts; Shayne Krueger, Welding-Industrial; Gary McKnight, IT-Web & Software Developer; Tyler Meyer, Sustainable Landscape Horticulture & Horticulture Technician; Jason Schema, Human Resource Administration; Nathan Sell, Welding-Industrial; Sara Wipperman, Farm Business & Production Management


Haris Karabegovic, IT-Network Specialist; Joshua Olsen, Auto Collision Repair; Thomas Schumacher, Technical Studies Journeywork; Rachel Tupper, Dental Assistant


Megan Kendhammer, Pharmacy Technician


Paige LaCrosse, Radiography


Milikije            Ademi, Nursing-Associate Degree; Dorthea Alsteen, Health Information Management; Julie Backhaus, Nursing-Associate Degree; Paul Bellin, Culinary Arts; Jacob Berlin, CNC Technician; Kayla Bichler, Practical Nursing; Elizabeth Bowen, Administrative Professional; Alexis Braun, Dental Assistant; Melissa            Braun, Early Childhood Education; Ashley Burt, Medical Assistant; Kate Carviou, Nursing-Associate Degree; Houa Chang, Health Unit Coordinator; Collin Chase, Radiography; Joshua Crane, Welding-Industrial; Bryana Drumm, Practical Nursing; Debra Dueno, Medical Coding Specialist; Dana Estrada, Business Management; Michael Farr, Mechanical Design Technology & Mechanical Comp Aided Drafting; Abigail Fick, Medical Coding Specialist; Dennis Franz, Technical Studies Journeywork & Manufacturing Management; Jennifer Fredrick, Marketing; Cody Gaeth, Graphic & Web Design; Taylor Grall, Golf Course Management & Golf Operations; Mallory Greicar, Practical Nursing; Emily Hock, Medical Assistant; Scott Jaklin, Medical Coding Specialist; Daniel Koppa, Welding-Industrial; Thi Le, Medical Assistant; Hlee Lee, Pharmacy Technician; Sarah Matthias, Medical Assistant; Katie Miller, Nursing-Associate Degree; Megan Muench, Radiography; Jessica Munden, Nursing-Associate Degree; Amanda Nass, Practical Nursing; Adam Pabian, IT-Network Specialist; Dawn Ploeckelmann, Dental Assistant; Britta Rogala, Practical Nursing; David Roseff, Welding-Industrial; Travis Ruzek, Golf Course Management; Andrea Schisel, Practical Nursing; Stacy Shepard, Nursing-Associate Degree; Cody Sieracki, Paramedic Technician & Fire Medic; Francisco Velazquez, Welding-Industrial; Tammy Wagner, Business Management; Kylie Wiltman, Nursing-Associate Degree; Mallerie York, Practical Nursing


Hao Yang, Auto Maintenance Technician


Kaitlyn Rice, Pharmacy Technician

New Holstein

Sierra Hunn, Practical Nursing; Kristine Reitzel, Accounting Assistant; Brett Schmitt, Welding-Industrial; Andrea Walsdorf, Nursing-Associate Degree


Kevin Jacky, Golf Operations; Sydney Schmitz, Practical Nursing


Shannon Brill, Dental Assistant; Sabrina        Lammers, Health Unit Coordinator; Sabrina Lammers, Medical Coding Specialist; Dawn         Neils, Quality Assurance Technician & Quality Process Improvement; Valerie Root, Practical Nursing


Angela Steinhaus, Pharmacy Services Management


Kyle Abston, Electro-Mechanical Technology; Carrie Ardell, Nursing-Associate Degree; Joshua Burton, Welding-Industrial; Angela Cleveland, Early Childhood Education; Kathryn Davis, Pharmacy Technician; Jody Dumez, Practical Nursing; Nicholas Hildebrand, Culinary Arts; Evangelene Lade, Graphic & Web Design; Claire Miller, Medical Coding Specialist; Kyle Mueller, Business Management; Natalie Rortvedt, Nursing-Associate Degree; Megan Thelen, Practical Nursing; Stacie VanEss, Culinary Arts; John Vaughn, Paralegal; Anthony Walker, Nursing-Associate Degree

Prairie du Chien        

Katherine Bouzek, Pharmacy Technician

Random Lake

Becky Lukens, Health Unit Coordinator; Kirstie Deppiesse, Medical Coding Specialist; Kayla Ruege, Nursing-Associate Degree


Anna Jacobson, Welding-Industrial; Meghan Sweetman, Medical Assistant


Katelyn Oestreich, Pharmacy Technician

Saint Nazianz

Dana Emme, Medical Assistant; Amanda Handle, Practical Nursing


Sara Baumann-Golden, Practical Nursing; Michelle Beinemann, Practical Nursing; Eric Brauer, Nursing-Associate Degree; Michael Burgard, Fire Medic; Brett DeLisle, Manufacturing Management; Carrie Delray, Medical Assistant; Elizabeth Diehl, Nursing-Associate Degree; Gary Dorau, Electro-Mechanical Technology; Jennifer Duening, Manufacturing Management; Carly Eggebeen, Practical Nursing; Kayla Ehaney, Medical Assistant; Amanda Flores, Medical Coding Specialist; Craig Gaedke, Individualized Tech Studies; Joshua Gile, Practical Nursing; Gilberto Gonzalez, Welding-Industrial; Alishia Grabowski, Practical Nursing; Heidi Gruber, Medical Assistant; Dorianna Hanson, Welding-Industrial; Dawn Higgins, Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance Technician & Supply Chain Assistant; Lakim Hyler, Business Management; Anneliese Kerr, Medical Assistant; Sarah Kohler, Practical Nursing; Anna Kuether, Medical Assistant; Mai Sheng Lee, Health Unit Coordinator & Medical Coding Specialist; Erica Lopez, Health Care Technician & Medical Coding Specialist; Mandy Lorenz, Practical Nursing; Sedin Mahmutagic, Individualized Tech Studies; Abigail McGrew, Dental Assistant; Cassandra Neese, Practical Nursing; Stephanie Perl, Radiography; Brittany Peters, Court Reporting; Anna Pittner, Human Resource Administration; Jennifer Pulos, Medical Assistant; Kathryn Reinwand, Radiography; Omar Roberts, Welding-Industrial; Samantha Robinson, Early Childhood Education & Child Care Services; Christopher Rutledge, Welding-Industrial; Scott Rutledge, Welding-Industrial; Charity Salchert, Practical Nursing; Cortney Sapino, Medical Assistant; Kelly Schulz, Practical Nursing; Ben Seidlitz, Machine Tool Operation; Patrick Seifert, Manufacturing Management; Christine Smith, Human Resource Administration; Michael Springhetti, Health Information Management; Leslie Stadler, Practical Nursing; Karen Strean, Child Care Services; Blia Vang, Human Resource Administration; Crystal Vue, Practical Nursing; Matthew Walter, Electro-Mechanical Technology; Eryn Wanden, Pharmacy Technician; Alexander Webster, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement; Terrie Williams, Pharmacy Technician; Brittany Wilterdink, Dental Assistant; Der Xiong, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant; Cindy Yang, Medical Assistant; Joseph          Yang, Supply Chain Management; Ka Yang, Nursing-Associate Degree; Jason Zabel, Radiography

Sheboygan Falls        

Jacqueline Adams, Practical Nursing; Amanda Aschenbach, Human Resource Administration; Shem Clayborn, Auto Collision Repair; Samuel Kuhn, Machine Tool Operation; Brian Mueller, Welding-Industrial; Abigail Nabak, Practical Nursing; Lisa Wagner, Medical Coding Specialist; Crystal Wilhite, Supervisory Management

Three Lakes   

Lisa Baum, Radiography

Two Rivers     

Maddie Basken, Administrative Professional & Office Assistant; David Bork, IT-Computer Support Specialist; Jessica Bork, Graphic & Web Design; Melanie Callahan, Medical Assistant; Tim    Denk, Golf Operations; Adam Fencil, Welding-Industrial; Nicole Flessert, Business Management; Brittny Jandrey, Nursing-Associate Degree; Brittni Knepprath, Medical Coding Specialist; Susan Landt, Pharmacy Services Management; David Murack, Individualized Tech Studies; Crystal Nienow, Radiography; Sara Parker, Practical Nursing; John Schultz, CNC Technician; Jean Shaum, CNC Technician; Spencer Sleger, Wind Energy Technology; Cody Tyson, Welding-Industrial; Christopher Yauch, Welding-Industrial


Sydney Christel, Dental Assistant


Benjamin Claerbaut, Sustainable Landscape Horticulture; Morgan Mullikin, Radiography; Justin TenDolle, CNC Technician

Washington Island   

Leif Hagen, Welding-Industrial


Seth Paul, Nursing-Associate Degree


Beth Lensmeyer, Medical Assistant; Brooke Wendling, Dental Assistant


Paulina Pakulska-Wilson, Radiography

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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