LTC to Offer New Manufacturing IT Program





Lakeshore Technical College is launching a new program focused on providing skilled information technology professionals for manufacturing settings. LTC’s Manufacturing Information Technology (IT) associate degree program, which begins in fall 2018, was created from the ground up with industry feedback and helps bridge a skills gap in manufacturing environments.

“We worked with employers in the LTC community to develop the curriculum for the Manufacturing IT associate degree,” said Jim Lemerond, LTC dean of business and technology. “Before Manufacturing IT was created there was not a single program preparing IT graduates to work on equipment on the manufacturing floor. Now, our program will give program graduates skills in both information technology and electromechanical technology.”

The 60-credit program teaches students how to support every aspect of advanced manufacturing operations and to help companies function at peak efficiency. The program provides hands-on training with computer hardware, operating systems, application software, mobile devices, and networks. In addition, students will learn how to provide excellent customer service to the employees who fill the various roles they will support.

“The Manufacturing IT program is closely aligned with LTC’s IT Meta-Major,” Lemerond said. “This means that we have a nearly identical first-year curriculum as our IT Networking Specialist and IT Computer Support Specialist associate degrees. This gives students a year to grow a base of knowledge before stepping into the Manufacturing IT, or another IT-specific, course track.”

Students interested in the program can get started by contacting an LTC Career Coach at 920.693.1162 or

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.<.p>

LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $46,800 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

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