Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:18

LTC Starts $1M Auto Tech Center Campaign

Written by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

LTC Starts 1M Auto

Elizabeth Miske, 18, of Plymouth, tests her painting skills with a painting simulator at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland. Photo credit: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin


The Lakeshore Technical College Foundation in Cleveland, WI has unveiled the public phase of its Advanced Automotive Technology Center campaign, a fundraising effort to support renovation and expansion of the college’s automotive training facilities, the first major update made since 1974.

The campaign seeks to secure a fundraising goal of $1 million, with college resources funding the gap.


The new $3.5 million, 30,000-square-foot Advanced Automotive Technology Center, designated as a Snap-on Center of Excellence, more than doubles the square footage for LTC’s Automotive Maintenance and Automotive Collision Repair training programs. The center allows for increased enrollment capacity while creating a safe and productive learning environment for students.


The new collision repair and refinishing facility was an important part of the recent collision program expansion to a two-year technical diploma. Enrollment capacity is now 32 full-time students each semester, up from 16 in the previous one-year program.


The 17,000-square-foot Automotive Collision Shop features two new classrooms and Car-O-Liner measuring and fixture benches for vehicle structural repairs. A central Eurovac system enhances students’ learning experience and keeps the shop clean by capturing sanding dust. Other additions include a customer service area, aluminum clean room and a metal shaping area equipped to make automotive parts that are no longer in production. Garmat paint booths fill the north end of the structure to help train painters to work for automotive repair shops and local manufacturers.


The 13,000-square-foot Automotive Maintenance Shop is a Snap-on Center of Excellence with 19 work stations, two new classrooms, four alignment racks, 14 rotary lifts and five open bays.


The new center also provides opportunities for high school seniors to get a jump on their career goals. Currently, only four of 25 local public and private high schools in the LTC District offer automotive maintenance programming, and no high schools offer auto body collision training. By enrolling in LTC’s Early College program, seniors will have the opportunity to attend LTC during the day and their high school in the afternoons. Future classes are also planned for the evening hours.


Campaign donors will be recognized within the center and on an 80-foot color tile mural. A grand opening of the Advanced Automotive Technology Center is scheduled for March 29.


To learn more about the campaign, contact Katie Willinger, LTC Foundation, at 920-693-1247.


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