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

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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