FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College has been awarded a two-year, $68,945 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. LTC plans on developing internships in the areas of business & technology, CNC, mechanical design, and auto collision. An anticipated 40 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year.
"Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer. "Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It's a win-win-win."
LTC is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. LTC will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.
"Students often forego completing an internship due to financial hardship and inexperience with how to go about securing an internship," said Foua Hang, LTC Student Resource Center Manager. "This grant addresses both of these challenges by providing employers with the funds to pay for intern wages and by establishing new internships that are readily available and targeted at the specific career areas where students need them most to gain entry into the workforce."
LTC will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach, and student recruitment, and will begin placing students in paid internships as early as March 1, 2017. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.
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.