LTC Welding Instructor Receives National Distinguished Faculty Award



LTC Welding Instructor Dave Saunders received the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation.
LTC Welding Instructor Dave Saunders received the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation.



The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently named Lakeshore Technical College faculty member Dave Saunders a national recipient of its inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation.

Named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, the association established the designation to recognize individuals making a difference in the classroom.

Saunders, a welding instructor and program coordinator at LTC, received his award during the annual AACC convention in Dallas on April 29.

Criteria for nominees included: Demonstrating passion for the students and the classroom; showing a willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom; being inclined to participate in college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.

“Dave is deserving of this recognition because he makes a difference in the lives of LTC students. They not only learn welding skills in his classroom, but they learn life skills,” said LTC Interim Dean of Manufacturing, Ag and STEM Sheila Schetter. “He has a passion for helping students learn, for helping them to have a better life, for helping them to gain employment, for ensuring that they apply for scholarships, and for ensuring they get registered in the right classes. Dave always has the student front of mind.” 

Saunders has taught welding at LTC since 1999.

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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