Four Falls students complete youth apprenticeships

Four Sheboygan Falls students were among 64 graduates at the annual LTC Youth Apprenticeship Banquet held May 27 on the college’s Cleveland campus.

The Sheboygan Falls graduates were Philip Schultz, Sara Schultz, Logan Schwartz and Jordan Sonnentag.

Youth apprenticeship offers students the opportunity to explore future careers while they are still in high school and get paid for their time working at area employers.

Youth apprenticeship offers one- and two-year programs in fields like health, hotel and hospitality, culinary, finance, mechanical design, welding and manufacturing.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson and Kohler Co. Global Maintenance Processing Supervisor Robert Wells, addressed the estimated 270 guests for the evening.

Newson congratulated students for their accomplishments.

“Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program serves as a key talent development strategy that prepares students for postsecondary education and employment success,” Newson said. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our local partner, the Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship Consortium, you have gained the training and skills needed to effectively enter the workforce and pursue your higher education and career goals.”

The Sheboygan Youth Apprenticeship program program has grown rapidly in the past few years, from 11 students in 2010-11 to 32 students in 2011-12.

The program swelled to 68 students in the 2013-14 school year and the 2014-15 year saw 92 students enrolled in the program as area businesses are acknowledging the need to recruit future employees to occupations that will be in demand in the near future.

The commitment from local high schools, LTC and area businesses will ensure that opportunities are available to students in the career fields which are most sought after by industries in the Sheboygan area.

“Many students have solidified their choice of occupation based upon their full one or two-year experience and with the help of their mentor, as well as the relevant classwork,” says Sheboygan Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator Jill Preissner. “It’s this combination of work and extra career related education that makes the Youth Apprenticeship program a unique experience for many students in the Sheboygan Area.”

For more information contact Jill Preissner at 920-693-1261 or jill.preissner@gotoltc.edu.


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