Lakeshore Technical College Wins Distinguished Honor Society Chapter Award



2016 PTK National Conference Group Photo

Members from LTC’s Phi Theta Kappa were in attendance for the PTK International Convention April 6-9, 2016.  Pictured L to R: Sara DesArmo, Vice President of Fundraising; Amanda Fernandez, Vice President of Leadership; Sue Kinneston, Co-Advisor; Grace Janke, Vice President of Membership and Sarah Mueller, Vice President of Scholarship and Amie Bernstein, PTK International Student Vice President.


Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) International Convention was held in National Harbor, MD on April 6-9, 2016.  PTK is the honor society for two year colleges.  Nearly 4,000 members, officers and advisors were in attendance.  At the Hallmark Awards Gala, Lakeshore Technical College’s chapter received two special awards:

Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award:

The Honors in Action Project Award recognizes the top chapters whose Honors in Action Project entries demonstrated excellence in academic research into the Honors Study Topic, leadership roles and leadership development activities, service learning and collaboration.  50 chapters were recognized among 1,285 international chapters.    LTC’s research project was about the emerging concerns related to levels of pharmaceutical compounds being found in Great Lakes waters. The students investigated the potential health risks to people and wildlife. The LTC team developed a public service announcement to help raise awareness for the proper disposal of medication. 


Distinguished Chapter Award:

To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award.  Selection of the Distinguished Chapters is based solely on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards.  The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories were averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking.  Awards were presented to the top 10 percent of chapters entering the Honors in Action and College Project Categories. 


Not in attendance, but key to the chapter’s success were:  Heather Wiederhold, chapter President; Jennifer Bink, VP of College Relations; and Mary Kultgen, Co-Advisor. 



The other college chapter in Wisconsin recognized was Madison College.

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About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at:

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