FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
CLEVELAND - Lakeshore Technical College has received approval for 5 year grant in the amount of $220,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Education to continue to support the TRiO program. TRiO is a student support services program which provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The objectives are to improve year to year retention, grade point average, and graduation and transfer rates for LTC students who are low income, first generation, or disabled.
The $1.1 million grant is a continuation of the original 5 year TRiO funding which has produced impressive results. Since 2010, the program has served more than 350 students and the 68% graduation rate since 2010 exceeds the college 5 year average of 55%. Also, 14% of graduates subsequently transferred to a four year institution, exceeding the college average of 7%.
Offering study skills workshops, one-on-one study review and facilitating groups for select general education courses, programs like TRiO increase a students' likelihood to stay in school and graduate. In program courses, TRiO students are matched with appropriate tutors and many TRiO students eventually become peer tutors.
Current LTC staff member Mike Nelson of Manitowoc took part in the program as a student in the Computer Support Specialist program and eventually became a tutor himself. Nelson landed a full time job at LTC after graduation as an Online Student Support Specialist and is currently pursuing his bachelors' degree.
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.