Lakeshore Technical College President Testifies Before U.S House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce





LTC President Paul Carlsen testified today in Washington D.C. as part of the Innovation Forum and Showcase held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.  Invited by Rep. Glenn Grothman, Carlsen was one of only 23 participants from across the nation. He presented oral testimony on LTC’s incumbent-worker training model called MicroMatch Upskilling, a unique combination of skills-based aptitude testing with a series of short-term educational seminars focused on robotics.

Discussing partnerships with local companies such as Sargento Foods, Bemis Manufacturing, Rockline Industries, and Lakeside Foods to identify high-demand, electro-mechanical and robotics skillsets, Carlsen highlighted the college’s focus on an innovative education model to upskill incumbent workers.  He described how the college utilized scientifically-validated aptitude tests to identify precise skills gaps within the existing workforce and designed five, laser-focused seminars which could be individually-selected and stacked.  Workers complete only those seminars needed to upskill for their job role.

In a nod to his team in Cleveland, Wisconsin, Carlsen also shared with the Committee that he believes LTC has “the best faculty and staff in the country.” Carlsen concluded his testimony by noting enrollments in the program have been just under 100 in the four months since the program kicked-off.

In addition to the hearing, the college participated in the Innovation Showcase event. Sheila Schetter, LTC's Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture & Engineering, provided members of Congress and their staff both video-based and hands-on demonstrations of LTC's robotics training.

More information, as well as a link to video of the testimony, can be found at

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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