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Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch talks to members of the audience at the Youth Apprenticeship Graduation at Lakeshore Technical College.
CLEVELAND, WI –
LTC’s annual Youth Apprenticeship Graduation was held on May 25th on the College’s Cleveland campus and honored 92 student graduates.
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and The Osthoff Resort Human Resources Manager, Hayleigh Buechel, addressed the estimated 350 guests for the evening. Other key dignitaries in attendance were David Anderson, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development; Jennifer Garner, Regional Representative for US Senator Tammy Baldwin and John Lukas, Owner of LDI in Manitowoc and LTC Board Member.
Kleefisch congratulated students for their accomplishments, stating: "Graduates, you have accomplished so much all ready by being here tonight. You’ve made a smart choice. After today, remember to remain humble and continue to make those smart choices. We know that you are going to be the ones who change the world."
The Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program, created and directed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, grants high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a future career through paid work experience at local employers. Youth Apprenticeship offers one- and two-year programs in fields like Health, Hospitality, Agriculture, Finance, STEM, and Manufacturing.
"Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has made significant investments in the Youth Apprenticeship program as a way to strengthen our workforce by offering a career pathway to students directly out of high school," says Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson. "Through the Youth Apprenticeship program, today's graduates have given themselves an edge by developing the in-demand skills that Wisconsin employers seek."
During the ceremony, two youth apprenticeship graduates, Joseph Meyer and Alexander Teteak, delivered remarks as the student speakers. Meyer, a second year YA student from Oostburg High School working in Manufacturing at Johnsonville, talked about the skills he has learned from participating in the program and how they have inspired him to continue his education. Teteak, a first year YA student from Plymouth High School in Architecture and Construction at A. Chappa Construction, shared how his experience reinforced that he would like to pursue a career in construction engineering after high school.
“Altogether, with the training and guidance of their workplace mentors, the YA students have achieved over 62,000 hours of work experience in their career field of interest,” says Jackie Holly, LTC Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator. “Many have also attended college level classes at here at LTC, overall earning a total of 254 college credits.”
The Sheboygan YA program has grown rapidly in the past few years, from 11 students in 2010-11 to 120 students in 2015-16 year. Area businesses are acknowledging the need to recruit future employees to occupations that will be in demand in the near future. The commitment from local high schools, LTC and area businesses will ensure that opportunities are available to students in the career fields which are most sought after by industries in the Sheboygan area.
"Many students have solidified their choice of occupation based upon their full one or two year experience and with the help of their mentor as well as the relevant classwork," says LTC President Michael Lanser. "It’s this combination of work and extra career related education that makes the Youth Apprenticeship Program a unique experience for many students in the Sheboygan Area."
For more information on the Sheboygan Youth Apprenticeship program contact Jackie Holly at (920) 693-1128 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheboygan Youth Apprentice graduates are listed by their high school:
Cedar Grove-Beligium High School
Dylan Jentges and Marie Ridgeway
Elkhart Lake High School
Ashley Ayen, Eliza Simone Bulbosh, Jacob Hiebing, Owen Kalbacken, Bailey Klug, Diranda Pfeifer, Brynton Schwind, Jordan Stauber and Michaela Wallace
Howards Grove High School
Alyssa Davis, Brett Hawe, Arthur Meyer, Jordan Miller, Abigail Schnicke and Cordell Wittgreve
Ashley DeBlaey, Andrew Isaacson, Olivia Jonasen, Michael Lemke, Alex Ninneman, Harley Pennings, Sydnee Pieper and Trent Preissner
Jacob Barth, Matthew Buechel, Dylan Guelig and Jared West
William Adams, Christopher Brill, Lauren Bruggink, Jacob Gross, Jon Leitzke, Justin Mentink, Joe Meyer, Jessica Mullikin, Kim Portschy, Ryan Prinsen, Patrick Reilly, Greg Scholten, Christopher TenPas and Dakota Wade
Zachary Albers, Luke Bins, Natasha Georg, Lenea Guse, Erica Helmer, Cole Henning, Kayla Kasuboski, Ethan Keller, Megan Krueger, Megan Kultgen, Ian McConnaha, Hannah McFarlin, Gabe Meyer, Tyler Moegenburg, Benjamin Mrozinski, Benjamin Potrykus, Alex Schultz, Derek Schweiger, Joshua Steinke and Alex Teteak
Sheboygan Christian High School
Naomi Rahn and Brock Ringel
Sheboygan Falls High School
Austin Arenz, Jackson Bayer, Zach Demler, Caitlyn Knutson, Heather Lilla and Ryan Spielvogel
Sheboygan Lutheran High School
Luke Eiden, Allen Holzheimer, Collin Janke and Gabrielle Krueger
Sheboygan North High School
Robert Bonelli, Cole Damrow, Lucas Haen, Annalise Keaton, Sam LeRoy, Erica Salzman and Jaline Siburt
Sheboygan South High School
Tyler Fenner, Erin Gamb, Dartagnan Her, Kever Kersten, Mai Moua Lee, Pachia Lee, Azelea Rincon, Azucel Sanchez Beltran and Alissa Stone
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.