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

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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