Students Finish Among Tops In the Nation at SkillsUSA Competition




Three Lakeshore Technical College students who placed first in the annual SkillsUSA state-level competition advanced to the 2022 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Competition, placing eighth and ninth in their areas of expertise. More than 12,000 students competed.

Ryan Wendt, who graduated in May from the CNC (computer numerical control) technician program, competed in CNC turning specialist. He finished in eighth place.

Brent Budnik and Brittany Wehrmann, both of whom graduated in May from the electro-mechanical automation technology program, competed as a team in mechatronics. They finished in ninth place.

“To reach this national level of competition, our students first had to win at the state level against very capable competitors from the best schools in Wisconsin,” said Vice President of Instruction James Lemerond. “To prepare, they practiced their skills in our labs and drew from the dedicated work they put into their studies. At the end of the day, they proved their skills at the highest level of competition out there.”

The competition took place June 20-24 in Atlanta. Winners from each state in over 100 career event categories were invited to compete. 

Serving as advisors to the students were Mark Lorier, machine tool instructor, and Douglas Hamm, dean of business, technology, and hospitality.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions challenge 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 at the state and national levels.

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About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 8,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on Lakeshore for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. Lakeshore faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals. 

Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #20 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist three out of the last four years, and the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.

Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore Technical College each year, and associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $54,048 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at