Manitowoc 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 Manitowoc County were recognized with three of the awards.

Dawn Tenant, Health Science/Physical Science Teacher at Mishicot High School was a Top Tech winner for her contribution to the growth of the Health Science department at Mishicot High School. She has sought out many new and exciting opportunities for students and has also assisted in the implementation of bringing an Early College program that is centered on the Health Care careers.  Dawn has also met with health care leaders in the area to continue to provide opportunities for her students that are relevant and meet a work-force need in our community.

The other Top Tech Award Winner was presented to Sara Greenwood, 6-12 Student Service Coordinator at Mishicot High School.

Sara was chosen as an LTC Top Tech Award winner for her commitment in promoting Career and Technical Education to the students of Mishicot High School and Middle School.  Sara has spent countless hours collaborating with community stakeholders to ensure that the students of Mishicot High School and Manitowoc County are provided the best opportunities.  Mishicot High School has a strong and well-established structure to support students in the development of their career portfolio and this is due to Sara's leadership and commitment to the program.

The evening ended with a TopTech Award to KNM of Manitowoc.

KNM has been a partner with Mishicot High School and other Manitowoc high schools for several years.  They are always willing to open their doors to students for tours and job shadows so that students are able to see the type of work that goes on in their company. In addition, they often travel to Mishicot High School to work with students on specific tasks.  KNM has also been part of the mini chopper program in Manitowoc County for several years.  The commitment to this program ensures that the students from the Manitowoc high schools have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom.

Accepting the Award on behalf of KNM were John Maala, Kevin Krueger, Andy Mleziva and Charlie Johnston.

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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