FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
The Lakeshore Technical College Foundation is unveiling the public phase of its Advanced Automotive Technology Center Campaign, an ambitious fundraising effort to support renovation and expansion of the College's automotive training facilities, the first major update made since 1974. The campaign seeks to secure a fundraising goal of $1 million with college resources funding the gap.
The new $3.5 million, 30,000 square foot Advanced Automotive Technology Center, designated as a Snap-on Center of Excellence, more than doubles the square footage for LTC's Automotive Maintenance and Automotive Collision Repair training programs. The Center allows for increased enrollment capacity while creating a safe and productive learning environment for students. The new collision repair and refinishing facility was an important part of the recent collision program expansion to a two year technical diploma. Enrollment capacity is now 32 full-time students each semester, up from 16 in the previous one year program.
LTC graduates continue to address the accelerated shortage of skilled technicians and collision repair workers in the Lakeshore area. The new collision repair program will produce graduates with higher levels of skill to meet today's employer needs.
The 17,000 square foot Automotive Collision Shop features two new classrooms and Car-O-Liner measuring and fixture benches for vehicle structural repairs. A central Eurovac system enhances students' learning experience and keeps the shop clean by capturing sanding dust. Other additions include a customer service area, aluminum clean room and a metal shaping area equipped to make automotive parts that are no longer in production. Garmat paint booths fill the north end of the structure to help train painters to work for automotive repair shops and local manufacturers.
The 13,000 square foot Automotive Maintenance Shop is a Snap-on Center of Excellence with 19 work stations, two new classrooms, four alignment racks, 14 rotary lifts, and five open bays.
These renovations are a direct benefit to students enrolled with curriculum centered on actual application of the skills learned. In addition, academic opportunities are available with a two-year degree program in automotive maintenance and an expanded from one-year technical diploma program to two-year degree program in Automotive Collision and Repair. With the automotive service and repair industry going through tremendous changes over the last decade, working on today's cars requires a deeper understanding of the technology that goes into the modern, more sophisticated automobile.
The automotive maintenance program is a nationally-accredited automotive training program (NATEF). Students enrolled can also obtain numerous industry-recognized certifications such as the National Coalition of Certification Center (NC3) certification incorporating tool use and theory. In January, LTC was named a Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) joining a 35 college network of certified technical training sites.
"LTC's Advanced Auto Technology Center is at the epicenter of educating tomorrow's workforce," said LTC Dean of Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation, Patrick Staszak. "With the auto industry thriving, auto mechanics and collision specialists continue to be in high-demand. LTC's auto programs give students hands-on experiences in one of the most state-of-the-art learning centers in the country," he said.
The new Center also provides opportunities for high school seniors to get a jump start on their career goals. Currently, only four of 25 local public and private high schools in the LTC District offer automotive maintenance programming, and no high schools offer auto body collision training. By enrolling in LTC's Early College program, seniors will have the opportunity to attend LTC during the day and their high school in the afternoons. Future classes are also planned for the evening hours.
LTC remains committed to ensuring that students are prepared for in-demand jobs of the future. "Technical education continues to play a key role ensuring the next generation of technicians is fully-trained and ready to enter the workforce," states LTC President, Michael Lanser. "The College's advanced training programs provide the highest level of marketable skills in the automotive industry. Our thanks to the community friends, businesses, and foundations who have generously invested in this campaign and the future of Lakeshore Technical College," he said.
Campaign donors will be recognized within the Center and on an 80-foot color tile mural. A grand opening of the Advanced Automotive Technology Center is scheduled for March 29, 2017. To learn more about the campaign, contact Katie Willinger, LTC Foundation, at (920) 693-1247.
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.