FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College has been awarded a two-year, $68,945 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. LTC plans on developing internships in the areas of business & technology, CNC, mechanical design, and auto collision. An anticipated 40 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year.
"Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer. "Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It's a win-win-win."
LTC is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. LTC will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.
"Students often forego completing an internship due to financial hardship and inexperience with how to go about securing an internship," said Foua Hang, LTC Student Resource Center Manager. "This grant addresses both of these challenges by providing employers with the funds to pay for intern wages and by establishing new internships that are readily available and targeted at the specific career areas where students need them most to gain entry into the workforce."
LTC will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach, and student recruitment, and will begin placing students in paid internships as early as March 1, 2017. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.
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.