120 Middle and High School Students Spend Day Rocking Manufacturing at LTC



Top Photo: Manitowoc and Sheboygan County middle and high school students perform quality checks on the chocolate chip cookie line during LTC’s Manufacturing Rocks Career Day.

Bottom Photo: Manitowoc and Sheboygan County middle and high school students cut out and customize medals during LTC’s Manufacturing Rocks Career Day.


More than 120 Manitowoc and Sheboygan county middle and high schools students spent October 14 on the Lakeshore Technical College campus getting a close-up look at why manufacturing rocks on the Lakeshore. With guidance from LTC instructors and program students, they filled the role of quality control on a food production line, tried their hand at virtual—and real—welding, took turns fabricating sheet metal, and programmed state-of- the-art equipment in the machine tool labs.

The students from nine area schools participated in LTC’s Manufacturing Rocks Career Day as part of the college’s month-long celebration of Manufacturing Month.

“This is our chance to share our excitement for advanced manufacturing careers with young students and connect their interests and hobbies—like video games—to the high-tech field,” said LTC Welding Instructor Dave Saunders. “Once they see how skills like math and critical thinking tie into high-skilled manufacturing careers, they picture themselves in advanced manufacturing jobs in the future.”

Current LTC Welding student Kristin Riehn is just two years out of high school and said she was encouraged to see the mix of boys and girls at the event. “There is a lot of job opportunity in fields like welding, industrial maintenance and food manufacturing,” she said. “I want these boys and girls to know that they can get quality training for lucrative careers here at LTC and quickly get out into the workforce.”

LTC offers more than 11 advanced manufacturing technical diploma and associate degree programs as well as short-term certificates. The college will host another career day in spring featuring hands-on activities in the automotive, agriculture and energy career areas.

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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 WalletHub.com, 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 gotoltc.edu.

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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