LTC to Kick-off Manufacturing Month with Open House and Grand Opening

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9/24/2014

CLEVELAND, WI – 

A public Open House of the Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the Lakeshore Technical College campus takes place on October 1. The Open House begins at 3:00 and runs through 7:00 pm. In addition to a brat fry and tours, A “Made Here” Manufacturing Showcase, sponsored by Community Bank & Trust, will be held under a big top tent and more than 30 manufacturers will give attendees a chance to learn about great manufacturing careers in Wisconsin. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be many activities and tour stops such the new welding lab with 50 new Miller welding booths, spacious labs and new classrooms for Food Production and Safety, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool, Mechanical Design, Electro Mechanical and Industrial Electrical training. Attendees will also have access to faculty for all programs at LTC and will also be able to tour the outdoor Wind Energy Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab and displays from Project GRILL and MiniChopper.

“Manufacturers fuel our local economy so there are a wide variety of high tech and high demand manufacturing career opportunities available,” says LTC President Michael Lanser. “There are also many other careers that are made here, including energy, business, IT, health public safety. We encourage everyone to come out and explore.”

The Open House follows a Grand Opening and Dedication ceremony at 2:00 pm that is open to Manitowoc and Sheboygan County manufacturers and their employees. It is also an official kick-off to Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin.

The Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence is a creative solution to address the skilled manufacturing worker shortage in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. By raising $2.5 million in private support for this project, LTC will more than double the number of students in welding, CNC and Machine Tool programs. The increased space and equipment fortifies the College’s electromechanical and industrial maintenance programs and help fill local employers’ most pressing need for welders, millwrights and machinists. This expansion will also increase capacity to train and provide workers for the jobs of the future such as robotic welding.

The Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence project consists of two buildings. The first was a 19,000 sq. foot addition to the existing Flexible Training Arena. That building opened in January of 2014 and students train in Industrial Welding, Welding Fabrication, and Industrial Maintenance. A second building, the Nierode Building, is a renovation of an existing building and broke ground in April. It was completed in August and trains CNC Machinists, Machine Tool Technicians and will also offer automation and robotics training for industries such as Food Production and Safety. These two buildings form the Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence.

This increased capacity is important because every 50 new additional graduates earning an average $18 an hour equates to $1.87 million in annual wages. In just 5 years these 50 graduates will funnel $9.35 million into the local economy as 9 of 10 LTC grads stay in the Lakeshore area.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.

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