Manitowoc Top Educators in Career and Technical Education Recognized with Top Tech Awards



Manitowoc Top Educators in Career and Technical Education Recognized with Top Tech Awards


Lakeshore Technical College presented their 4th annual Top Tech Awards to recognize the top influencers in career and technical education in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.  The six awards were presented at a reception at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute on February 3rd.

Two educators and one business from Manitowoc County were recognized with three of the awards.

Lisa Klein, Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor at Two Rivers High School, was recognized for her involvement in a wide variety of activities that bring a great deal of support to her program and enhance the opportunities for her students. As the Carl Perkins Grant coordinator, she coordinates an open house for our 8th grade students to visit the high school and explore all CTE departments. This effort has kept enrollment numbers up in these departments and allows the school to continue to offer many of these classes. She is a Youth Apprenticeship Liaison in which she recruits students and mentors them throughout the program. She is a member of the Career Expo committee, a FCCLA advisor, Wisconsin DPI Professional Development Plan reviewer, a teacher mentor, is ServSafe certified, and teaches summer school for the alternative program.

The other Top Tech Award Winner was presented to Marty Plocher, Physical Science, Woods, and Computer Aided Design Teacher and 2017 Class Advisor at Manitowoc Lutheran High School. 

Plocher was recognized for his collaboration with numerous individuals, organizations, and local businesses on projects or to secure tools or funding for his classes.  Students have benefitted by having access to things like cutting on a CNC machine, training on a Laser Engraver and access to exotic woods.  His level of collaboration with outside organizations is so beneficial that businesses like Elite Concrete polishing are able to learn additional innovations that he suggests for their tools and processes.

The evening ended with a TopTech Award to Jagemann Stamping of Manitowoc.

Jagemann Stamping is a long-time supporter of Manitowoc County's Youth Apprenticeship Program with 10% of their full-time employees being former Youth Apprentices.  As a manufacturing company, it made sense for them to develop their skilled labor force through traditional YA programs such as Machining and Industrial Maintenance.  However, they have recently begun to expand their participation in YA to provide career opportunities for students in areas such as accounting and sales and marketing.

Accepting the Award on behalf of Jagemann Stamping was Human Resources Manager Jim Trost.

A panel of students, mentors and instructors also shared their stories of success of dual credit learning through career and technical education.  Career and Technical Education prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers or a professional position in fields such as engineering, accounting, nursing, health, and agriculture as well as many other fields.

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. More than 90,000 of Wisconsin's high school students are taking CTE courses, which is over two thirds of Wisconsin's high school population. Areas of study stretch across a variety of disciplines, such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, and business. By using academic and career plans, students are able to align their coursework to their career or college aspirations.

"CTE Month highlights innovative, school-to-work programs and career opportunities for high school students who attend technical college for short-term training or a two-year degree," says Kelli Grasse, LTC Career and Technical Education Manager. "Through dual enrollment programs like Early College and Youth Apprenticeship, Wisconsin's technical colleges, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and local businesses have partnered to expand CTE opportunities for students to allow high school students to work in paid positions where they can earn high school credits, industry certifications, and valuable work experience."

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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