Lakeshore Technical College Named #3 Best College in the U.S. for Adult Learners





When it comes to openness and responsiveness to adult students, Lakeshore Technical College is among the top in the nation. Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine of U.S. politics and government based in Washington, D.C. placed LTC in the number three spot in their national ranking of Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.

In addition to noting that LTC is top-notch at meeting the needs of adult learners, the ranking highlighted how well adult students fare once they graduate from LTC.

“Although LTC serves over 10,000 learners each year, we are a relatively small college on the national stage. Receiving this type of national recognition demonstrates that quality, innovation and student outcomes trump the size or location of the institution,” said LTC President Paul Carlsen.

LTC had the highest ranking of any two-year college in Wisconsin.

The Washington Monthly rankings are constructed based on ease of transfer/enrollment, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+) at the college, mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students.

“Lakeshore Technical College is among the institutions doing the best job of helping adult students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” said Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of Washington Monthly. “We hope other colleges are inspired to follow the example Lakeshore Technical College has set—that's why we highlight these programs.”

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at


About Washington Monthly

The Washington Monthly is devoted to ahead-of-the-curve coverage of politics, government, and public affairs. Its College Guide and Rankings, first published in 2005, has helped upend the conventional wisdom about what constitutes quality in higher education and was the 2013 recipient of the Education Writers Association Award for data journalism. Founded in 1969, the Washington Monthly has trained and published many of the biggest names in journalism, including James Fallows of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker, and Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times.

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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