LTC honors students, community leaders at awards banquet



Alumnus — Matthew Fehrmann of Kaysun addresses the audience at Lakeshore Technical College during the College's 45th annual Awards Banquet

Ed Leadership — Mark Smith of Alliant Energy addresses the audience at Lakeshore Technical College during the College's 45th annual Awards Banquet


On May 13 Lakeshore Technical College recognized 64 students for their achievements in and out of the classroom and named its 2016 Educational Leadership and Alumnus of the Year award winners.

Matthew Fehrmann, IT & Marketing Manager at Kaysun Corporation in Manitowoc, was named Alumnus of the Year.  A 2003 graduate of LTC’s IT-Network Specialist program, Fehrmann went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from Silver Lake College and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University. 

Fehrmann has thrived in his role at Kaysun and credits his experiences at LTC for launching his career.

Receiving the college’s Educational Leadership award was Mark Smith, Maintenance Manager at Alliant Energy in Sheboygan. Smith has been a champion of education for LTC and the region, providing technical guidance and expertise.  Smith has demonstrated his commitment to LTC by serving on the Industrial Maintenance Program Advisory Committee and the Welding Program Advisory Committee.

Smith has also served as a guest lecturer for LTC classes and participated as a local business person in LTC’s College Preview Night where he spoke with prospective students and their parents about the advantages of a technical education.

Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee. Beyond the LTC District, Smith is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Advisory Committee at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and serves on the Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Advisory Committee for the State of Wisconsin.

Student awards recognized program excellence and club involvement.  Winners are listed below by their Wisconsin hometown unless otherwise noted and include:

Cedar Grove
Alex Van Ess, CNC Technician program

Colin Bischoff, IT-Network Specialist program; Robert Pragalz, Sustainable Landscape Horticulture program; Rachel Smith, WTCS Ambassador.

Cody Christensen, Fabrication Technician program

Dylan Fogeltanz, Marketing program


Jennifer Bink, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Beta Lambda Sigma All USA Academic Team;  Luke Farley, Human Resource Administration program; Tyler Kleinhans, Electro Mechanical Technology program

LaQuanda Bailey, Health Unit Coordinator & Health Care Technician program; Melissa Braun, Early Childhood Education program; Grace Chitwood, Intervarsity Christian Fellowships; Tylor Clark, Auto Collision Club; Zachary Cooper, Maintenance Mechanic program; Cody Gaeth, Student Government Association Leadership; Rebecca Gagnon, Business Professionals of America Club & IT Club; Geri Gilbert, Accounting program; Lisa Green, Medical Assistant Club; Anna Hebert, Student Government Association Leadership; Carly Moulton, Student Government Association Leadership; Kelly Ness, Health Unit Coordinator & Health Care Technician program; John Schanilec, Auto Maintenance Club; Tammy Seiler, Horticulture Technician program; Riley Spiering, Graphic and Web Design program; Courtney Stricklin, Nursing-Associate Degree program; Chuckie Vang, Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician program


New Holstein
Shaun Mayr, Fabrication Technician program; Brett Schmitt, Weld Club


John Konopacky, Wind Energy Technology program; Samantha Theis, Medical Assistant program


Carol Gust, Nursing-Associate Degree program


Gust Lammers, Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting program; Rheanna Macfarlane, IT-Computer Support Specialist program; Tanya Maki, Administrative Professional program; Noah Wetenkamp, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program


Port Washington
Nathan Steele, IT-Web and Software Developer program


Sharon Brey, Medical Coding Specialist program


Carolina Contreras, Criminal Student Justice Association; Nathan Fritz, Machine Tool Operation program; Tanya Halverson, Business Management program; Matthew Hetman, Weld-Industrial program; Janet Holtz, Business Management program; Mandy Lorenz, Lakeshore Chapter of the Student Nurses Association; Nicole Merrill, Dental Assistant Club; Jianyu Ren, Weld-Industrial program; John Thrapp, CNC Technician program; Youa Vang, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Beta Lambda Sigma All USA Academic Team; Claire Webster, Medical Assistant program; Heather Wiederhold, Phi Theta Kappa Beta Lambda Sigma Chapter and Trevor J. Casper Service Excellence Award; Paris Xiong, Paralegal program


Sheboygan Falls
Youa Vang, Society of Human Resource Management Student Chapter


Tracy Neu, Horticulture Technician program


Melanie Contreras, Dental Assistant program; Nichole Mangin, Human Resource Administration program; Douglas Resch, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program

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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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