LTC conducts three graduation ceremonies

Lakeshore Technical College concluded three separate graduation ceremonies this week with a College ceremony, a GED/HSED ceremony and finally an Apprenticeship Banquet.

With 87% of graduates traditionally remaining in the Lakeshore area to live and work, the nearly 550 graduates from these LTC programs will enrich their local communities with the skills and values learned during their time at LTC.

The LTC Commencement ceremony was held at the Cleveland campus on Saturday. The GED/ HSED ceremony occurred on Sunday, May 18, with nearly 60 students completing their dream of a high school credential. The ceremony was especially poignant for retiring General Education and Pre College Dean, Lynn Retzak, who was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by LTC staff.

In Saturday’s ceremony, Graduate Alex Booher, of Whitelaw, delivered remarks as the student speaker. Booher, a graduate of the Hotel and Hospitality program, talked about the motivation and passion needed to achieve dreams and the events that shaped his dream.

“Back in middle school there was a show on the Disney Channel entitled ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ where the storyline centered around a hotel,” said Booher. “I never missed an episode, and I discovered that I really loved hotels. For me, hotels and their hospitality either make or break a trip. I was so impressed when we visited the Walt Disney World Resort as it was so refreshing to see all the employees thoroughly enjoy- ing what they are doing. So let’s see…..Hotel, Hospitality, and Disney – you guessed it, my ultimate dream is to work for the Wonderful World of Disney.”

In pursuit of his dream, Booher participated in Wisconsin’s Two Year Hospitality Youth Apprenticeship program in high school at Valders High School.

“I had the opportunity to take coursework from Jonathan Weiss and Britanni Meinnert who made the classes interesting, and they are the reasons I knew LTC was the college for me after high school,” according to Booher. He routinely traveled to Cleveland from Whitelaw and also to Green Bay to work full-time at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.

“Motivation and passion are the two characteristics that keep me going in life and without them, I would have never received the invitation from the Walt Disney World Resort this spring informing me that I’ve been accepted into their 6 month college program internship,” said Booher.

“My dream of working for the Walt Disney Company and my obsession with hotels, hospitality, and Disney will have finally paid off! But tha’s not the end. After my internship, I would hope to continue working for the Walt Disney Company while continuing my education in Florida. Hopefully this will lead me to eventually become the new CEO of the Walt Disney Company, but we’ll see what the lies ahead on the road for me.”

Completing the graduation series was the apprenticeship banquet at Millhome in Kiel.

Twenty nine apprenticeship completers were recognized by keynote speaker, Kari Krull, Career and Technical Education Coordinator and Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Manitowoc School District. The student speaker was Kyle Schisel of Manitowoc, a carpentry apprentice with Bartow Builders.

The banquet recognized the completion of the paid-related instruction for individuals in LTC’s apprenticeship programs. In these programs, 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.

Also participating in the college graduation ceremony was keynote speaker, Reggie Newson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

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