LTC Earns Honors at state Phi Theta Kappa Conference



Top Photo: LTC Phi Theta Kappa Team pose with their awards.  From L to R: Amanda Fernandez, Grace Janke, Sara DesArmo, Sarah Mueller and Heather Wiederhold. Missing from photo: Jennifer Bink.
Bottom Photo: Lakeshore Technical College PTK member, Jason Schema (left) poses with LTC President Michael Lanser.  Schema received 2nd Place Distinguished member award at the conference.



The 2016 Wisconsin Regional Convention of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two year colleges was held in March at the Madison College campus.

Keynote addresses were presented from LinkedIn expert Wayne Breitbarth and Carol Hay, Community Outreach Coordinator for University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation. Attendees also took advantage of several workshops on leadership styles, society programs and projects, and community service learning.

As part of the annual convention, regional winners of the annual Hallmark Awards Program were announced. One of the honors the team from LTC earned was 5 star chapter status, the highest level a chapter can receive from PTK. At the 5 star level, chapters must perform leadership, community involvement, an honors in action project, a college project in collaboration with administration, as well as many other duties.

The team also placed first place in the Honors in Action Project for their proper medication disposal project. By participating in a chapter’s Honors in Action Project, members have opportunities to apply learning and practice real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to research of an Honors Study Topic.

The LTC Chapter also received the following awards:

  • 2nd Place Distinguished Chapter Award
  • 2nd Place College Project
  • 2nd Place Distinguished Officer Team
  • 2nd Place Distinguished Member Award-Jason Schema
  • Paragon Advisor Award-Sue Kinneston 
  • Organ Donation Project Award

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has become one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in higher education. PTK is the only honor society that serves two-year colleges offering associate degree programs. Membership is based primarily on academic excellence and is extended by invitation only.

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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