Message from the President

I am extremely excited to join the LTC community and have been overwhelmed by the support faculty, students, staff, and community and business leaders have shown me in my first few days. Their energy and passion for this college is one of its greatest assets, and I believe that when we all come together, we can accomplish great things.

When I first stepped foot on the LTC campus, I knew it was a special place. Each year close to 11,000 people enroll in courses at LTC. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, to change careers and to build on existing skills. They enroll because they know that LTC students find employment or career advancement when they graduate. I am proud to say that 92 percent of LTC graduates find employment within six months and earn an average starting salary of $36,000 per year. What’s more, LTC graduates see a wage increase of 45 percent just five years after graduation. As a testament to the value LTC plays in our local economies—70 percent of LTC graduates work in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties after graduation.

But there is still work to be done. Many people in our communities continue to struggle to earn a living wage and provide for their families—despite thousands of high-wage, high-demand job openings at major employers in our communities. I believe affordable and accessible higher education is a key factor in improving the lives of families in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. A technical degree opens up lucrative employment options while giving people the opportunity to build on their education and earn advanced degrees throughout their career. When we give more people the technical skills they need to get higher-paying, long-term career jobs, we improve lives and economies.

My vision is for high school graduates to see LTC as a way to realize a brighter future and achieve their dreams. My vision is for working adults to view LTC as a path to a better future for themselves and their family, and to feel empowered to follow their dream of a college education. My vision is for employers to view LTC as Wisconsin’s premier workforce solution.

I am privileged to serve as LTC president and am fully committed to our mission of enriching lives and strengthening the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible.

At LTC, we dream big, work hard and accomplish great things. Come join us.


Paul Carlsen
Lakeshore Technical College

WTCS New North