Sheboygan Top Educators in Career and Technical Education Recognized with Top Tech Awards




Lakeshore Technical College presented their 5th annual Top Tech Awards to recognize the top influencers in career and technical education in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.  The six awards were presented at a reception at Lakeshore Technical College on February 1st.

Two educators and one business from Sheboygan County were recognized with three of the awards.

Carolyn Lewis, Culinary Arts Teacher, at Sheboygan Central High School was a Top Tech winner for her efforts in managing the culinary arts program. Through the courses she teaches, students are actively involved in all areas of the restaurant industry in a state of the art kitchen/dining room facility.  She has also encouraged numerous students to become involved in technical education and has spent many hours collaborating with other teachers to improve technical education at Sheboygan Central High School.

The other Top Tech Award Winner was presented to June Winkel, Business Education Teacher at Plymouth Comprehensive High School.

June's passion for career and technical education is reflected in how she connects with students and her commitment to their learning.  She has used creativity and critical thinking to redesign and add Business Education course offerings at Plymouth High School over the last four years.  Additionally, June communicates and collaborates with others to extend learning even further.  She partners with her fellow colleagues within and beyond CTE as well as with business people at local companies such as Plymouth Foam and Suttner Accounting.

The evening ended with a TopTech Award to Habitat for Humanity Lakeside of Sheboygan.

The Building Construction and Service Learning students from Plymouth High School worked with Habitat for Humanity Lakeside to build a new home for a Plymouth family. Thanks to this partnership, students were able to develop and use technical education skills on an actual construction project that serves their community. By partnering with Plymouth High School, Habitat is not only living their mission but also extending it to the next generation of skilled workers. 

Accepting the Award on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Lakeside were Board Members Dennis Ketterman and Gordon Hubbard.

A panel of career and technical education alumni shared their stories of success of learning through career and technical education.   Career and Technical Education prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers or a professional position in fields such as engineering, accounting, nursing, health, and agriculture as well as many other fields.

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. More than 90,000 of Wisconsin's high school students are taking CTE courses, which is over two thirds of Wisconsin's high school population. Areas of study stretch across a variety of disciplines, such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, and business. By using academic and career plans, students are able to align their coursework to their career or college aspirations.

"CTE Month highlights innovative, school-to-work programs and career opportunities for high school students who attend technical college for short-term training or a two-year degree," says Kelli Grasse, LTC Career and Technical Education Manager. "Through dual enrollment programs like Early College and Youth Apprenticeship, Wisconsin's technical colleges, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and local businesses have partnered to expand CTE opportunities for students to allow high school students to work in paid positions where they can earn high school credits, industry certifications, and valuable work experience."

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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, 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

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

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