LTC Apprentices Earn $1,500 Scholarships





This spring 15 LTC construction and industrial trades apprentices each received $1,500 scholarships from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. The Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship program helps apprentices with financial need complete their programs and advance to in-demand jobs.

Most apprenticeships combine up to five years of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Wages are modest and financial aid options are limited. With Tools of the Trade scholarships, apprentices can purchase expensive tools, clothing and equipment vital to their trades.

“I’m pleased to see so many of our students apply for and receive a scholarship from Great Lakes,” said Paul Carlsen, LTC President. “Of the 16 technical colleges in the state, LTC had the fourth largest number of apprentices receive scholarships. Thanks to the support of Great Lakes, they will be better able to afford the education they need to compete for high-paying jobs.”

Since the program was launched in 2013, 47 LTC apprentices have received scholarships from Great Lakes.

“We are optimistic that the program will be just as beneficial to the technical college students who received scholarships this year as those in previous years,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “We’re proud to help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices build brighter futures.”

The following LTC apprentices were awarded a 2017-2018 Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship:

Josh Bulitz, Elkhart Lake, Carpentry

Brandon Leicht, Cleveland, Sheet Metal

Ger Lor, Sheboygan, Electrical

Casey Meyer, Sheboygan, Maintenance Mechanic/Machine Repair/Millwright

Hector Sanchez, Fredonia, Industrial Electrician

Justin Schneider, Fond du Lac, HVAC/Environmental Service

Nicholas Schroeder, Oshkosh , Sheet Metal

Samuel Stehula, Whitelaw, Machinist/Tool and Die/Patternmaker

William Steinhaus, Sheboygan, Industrial Electrican

John Van Hammond, Sheboygan, Machinist/Tool and Die/Patternmaker

Jacob Vande Kolk, Waupun, Sheet Metal

Joshua VanEss, Plymouth, Maintenance Mechanic/Machine Repair/Millwright

Yliyah Weber-Hawkins, Kiel, Electrical

Zachary Wick, Sheboygan, Maintenance Technician

Robert Zook, Eden, Sheet Metal

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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