Lakeshore Technical College Students Advance to National SkillsUSA Competition



Skills USA, May 2019
Silver medal winners Christopher Russell and James Gutierrez, Lakeshore Technical College students, competing in the Mechatronics category at SkillsUSA in Madison.


Six students from Lakeshore Technical College recently earned gold and silver medals at SkillsUSA, an event which challenges students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs to apply their classroom learning in a competitive environment. Students focus on using their technical skills along with communication and troubleshooting skills as they compete against students from other technical colleges around the state. The competition was held in Madison.

“Skills USA was a valuable learning experience and awesome way to see how LTC’s education compares to other colleges,” said LTC student Derek Teunissen.

“This event is a great opportunity for our students to experience competing against their peers at other technical colleges,” said Sheila Schetter, LTC dean of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, and engineering. “Having six students in four categories advance to the national level competition is excellent,” she added.

Earning gold in the Robotics and Automation team competition were Jack Blashka and Derek Teunissen.

Earning gold in the CNC Milling Specialist competition was Matt Berry.

Earning silver in the Mechatronics team competition were Christopher Russell and James Gutierrez.

Earning silver in the Related Technical Math competition was Brenden Olds.

The students qualified to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24-28.

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.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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