LTC Student Places Fourth in Nation with CNC Skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7/22/2019

Matt Berry - LTC Student
Matt Berry, Lakeshore Technical College student, holding his national CNC milling awards.

CLEVELAND, WI —

Lakeshore Technical College student Matt Berry placed fourth in the CNC Milling Specialist category at the 55th national SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are so proud of Matt’s accomplishment at the national competition, and are excited for him and his future in high-tech manufacturing,” said Sheila Schetter, dean of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, and engineering at LTC. “We saw during his courses that his CNC skills were superb, and were not surprised when he proved his skills were among the best in the state when he received a gold medal at the SkillsUSA state competition this spring.”

SkillsUSA is 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.

Competitors in Berry’s category were evaluated on their preparation for employment in computer numeric control milling, commonly referred to as CNC milling. They wrote CNC milling programs, interpreted prints, and measured parts. They also demonstrated theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup, and operations, as well as professionalism.

Berry, who has been a part-time CNC technician program student since 2015, expects to graduate in May 2020. He is employed at Polyfab Corp. in Sheboygan in a machinist/mold maintenance position.

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, 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 WalletHub.com, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

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 gotoltc.edu.

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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