Apprentices, business leaders honored at LTC banquet
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CLEVELAND, WI –
Students of Lakeshore Technical College’s Apprenticeship program learn life-long skills that can provide rewarding careers in trades like carpentry-millwright, cement mason, industrial electrician and tool and die maker. LTC recently recognized 40 students that completed the paid-related instruction portion of the program this year.
In the paid-related instruction portion of LTC’s apprenticeship program, workers earn while they learn the practical and theoretical aspects of highly skilled occupations. LTC’s registered apprentices are sponsored by employers and paid hourly wages to attend LTC in their specific trades.
Baron Amweg, maintenance coordinator at Johnsonville Sausage’s Meadowside Plant, has been sending his workers through the LTC apprenticeship program for nearly 20 years. Amweg oversees millwright and industrial electrician apprentices.
“LTC has continually proven they can provide the training we need our employees to have, while we provide the practical, hands-on training students need to succeed,” Amweg said. “The program is important for both employer and employee. Students give us high-quality work — which means less down time — and they get knowledge they can take with them wherever they go.”
In addition to the skills learned through the apprenticeship course, Amweg said employees have a sense of pride and loyalty to Johnsonville because the company sent them through the program.
Steve Hamann, president of Hamann Construction in Manitowoc, said the program provides value to the employee and the company.
“We play a direct role in training the future of the construction industry,” Hamann said. “In return, we get a trained craftsman with the skills we need them to have.”
Hamann completed the LTC — then Lakeshore Technical Institute — apprentice program in 1972, and serves on the joint apprenticeship committees for the carpentry and masonry apprenticeships.
Apprentices are paid a percentage of a journeyman’s rate while completing the program. For example, a bricklayer apprentice would earn $162,324 in the time it would take to earn a four-year degree, according to the Northeast Wisconsin Building and Construction Trades Council.
In addition, an experienced plumber can earn nearly $70,000 a year, an experienced bricklayer can earn more than $62,000 annually, and an experienced electrician can earn nearly $60,000 a year, according to the Northeast Wisconsin Building and Construction Trades Council.
Also recognized at the banquet were the 2011 Medallion Award winners. The recipients represent members of the Lakeshore community that have made exceptional contributions to apprenticeship training and use the apprenticeship model to ensure a highly skilled workforce.
The 2011 Medallion Award winners are: Scott Knocke of Aldag Honold Mechanical Inc., in the area of labor; Darryl Mrozinsky of Rockline Industries in the area of management; Andy Chappa of A. Chappa Construction in the area of construction; and Randy Rudolph of Rockline Industries in the industrial area.
Apprentices recognized Monday — including their Wisconsin hometown, skilled trade and sponsoring employer — are:
Douglas Klein, Maintenance Mechanic-Millwright, Johnsonville Sausage.
Clayton Loehr, Plasterer, G&W Plastering Inc.
Russell Paider, Machinist-Screw Maintenance Setup Mechanic, LDI Industries.
Ron Lett, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage; Cory Mathes, Carpentry-Construction, Mathes Seamless Gutter Systems Inc.
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Alvin Conger, Sheet Metal-Construction, J.F. Ahern Company; Josh Stueber, Sheet Metal-Construction, J.F. Ahern Company.
Nicholas Kullmann, Industrial Electrician, Masters Gallery Foods Inc.
Max Christel, Tool and Die Maker, Alaark Tolling and Automation Inc.; Sean Lorbecki, Plumbing, Meyer Plumbing LLC.
Andrew Freiberg, Carpentry-Millwright, Allstates Rigging Inc.; Lance Hurda, Cement Mason, Hamann Construction; Mark Knutson, Industrial Electrician, International Paper Company; Brian Konsela, Tool and Die Maker, Manitowoc Tool and Machining LLC; Mitchell Prowls, Industrial Electrician, International Paper Company; Jacob Ruether, Machinist-Screw Machine Setup Mechanic, LDI Industries; Ryan Schuette, Machinist, Beamaco LLC.
Steve Graf, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage.
Robert Kilbey, Machinist, Midwest Machine Company Inc.
Brandon Shedal, Tool and Die Maker, Manitowoc Tool and Machining LLC.
Eric Hoitink, Machinist, Ziaja Machining Corp.; Tate Noordyk, Plumbing, Haucke Plumbing and Heating Inc.; Jeff Prettie, Maintenance Mechanic-Millwright, Johnsonville Sausage; Jaymon Stalter, Sheet Metal-Construction, Rhode Brothers Inc.
Lee Amweg, Mold Maker, J.L. French Corporation; Eric Holler, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage; R. Jarvis Klassy, Machinist, Curt J. Joa Inc.; Kyle Klemme, Bricklayer, Ken Klemme Masonry LLC; Justin Kolar, Maintenance Mechanic-Millwright, Old Wisconsin Sausage Co.; Corey Mills, Machinist, Alaark Tooling and Automation Inc.; Steve Senkbeil, Electrical-Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Watry Industries LLC.
Robert Babino, Maintenance Mechanic-Millwright, Sandia Plastics Inc.; Zachary Scholten, Industrial Electrician, Integral Electrical Service LLC; Cliff Sommer, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage.
Justin Schmitt, Maintenance Mechanic-Millwright, Krier Foods Inc.
Damian Groothoff, Industrial Electrician, Watry Industries LLC.
Bryan Denk, Electrical-Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Jagemann Stamping Company; Jason Voss, Industrial Electrician, Johnsonville Sausage.
Philip Wimmler, Machinist, Curt J. Joa Inc.
Joshua Bohnert, Sheet Metal-Construction, J.F. Ahern Company.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 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 educational opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; Community Education Centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, 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, 79% 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.