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

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: gotoltc.edu.

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