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

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:

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