Forbes Places Lakeshore Technical College on its List of Top 25 Trade Schools





Forbes recently released its list of Top 25 Trade Schools in the U.S. with Lakeshore Technical College claiming the number 17 spot.

In introducing the rankings, Forbes indicated, “Four-year schools are good fits for many students, but the notion that they’re the best one for all students is downright wrong. As high-tech machines continue to disrupt how things are made, and as workforces age in many technical fields, there are vital jobs opening up that academics just can’t fill. Highly-skilled and well-trained workers are needed, and the country is home to top-notch technical schools ready to fill that need.”

This is the second year Forbes conducted the rankings, but the first time LTC appears on the prestigious list. In determining the ranking criteria this year, Forbes modeled their two-year college list similarly to their four-year college rankings and scored colleges on four different criteria including graduate earnings, affordability, completion success, and student experience.

LTC President Paul Carlsen said the ranking is a win-win-win for students, staff, and the community.  He said, “This ranking proves that students have a nation-leading, high-quality, higher education choice close to home; recognizes the LTC team’s commitment to excellence; and showcases the success of our graduates, 70% of whom choose to stay and work in the Lakeshore area.”

More information on the Forbes Top 25 Trade Schools list, as well as detailed information about the ranking methodology, 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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