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CLEVELAND, WI –
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 Sheboygan County were recognized with three of the awards.
Tracy Heinbuch, AgriScience teacher and FFA Advisor at Plymouth Comprehensive High School was a Top Tech winner for her efforts in managing the new Plymouth Food Science & Agriculture Center, which includes a 30 x 80 foot lab classroom and 30 x 90 foot greenhouse. Through the courses at this facility, Tracy provides students with authentic, industry-based experiences and teaches them to communicate effectively. She partners with colleagues within and beyond Career and Technical Education, at post-secondary schools and businesses such as Plymouth Foam, Ledgeview Farms, and Growing Power.
The other Top Tech Award Winner was presented to Beth Roehl, Family Consumer Education Teacher, at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School.
Beth's passion for career and technical education is reflected in how she connects with students and her commitment to their learning. She wants to be certain that her students finish her classes and programs with the knowledge and skills that make them career ready, and she is always willing to go above and beyond and give up much of her time to help that happen. Roehl was also cited for her work with the community in response to their needs as well as her prowess in classroom technology.
The evening ended with a TopTech Award to Bemis Manufacturing of Sheboygan Falls.
For the past two years, Bemis has hosted over 20 of K-12 staff for a week long business externship. They have participated in numerous school lessons and activities and supported the development of Sheboygan Falls High School's new Innovation and Design Center that is in the process of being unveiled at the high school. Falls will have one of the first, if not the first, plastic injection molding machine in a high school, in the country, before the end of the year.
Accepting the Award on behalf of Bemis was Scott Kuehn, Technical Talent Acquisition Coordinator.
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 11,000 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.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.