Waterloo native honored by Lakeshore Technical College

Manitowoc Lutheran High teacher Martin Plocher accepts his Top Tech Award from Lakeshore Technical College at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan.

 Lakeshore Technical College presented its fourth annual Top Tech Awards to recognize the top influencers in career and technical education in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.

The six awards were presented at a reception at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute on Feb. 3.

Waterloo native Marty Plocher was among the four educators and two businesses recognized.

Plocher is a physical science, woods, and computer aided design teacher and 2017 class advisor at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.

Plocher was recognized for his collaboration with numerous individuals, organizations, and local businesses on projects or to secure tools or funding for his classes. As the result of his efforts, students have benefitted by having access to things like cutting on a CNC machine, training on a Laser Engraver and access to exotic woods.

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. More than 90,000 of Wisconsin’s high school students are taking CTE courses, which is over two thirds of Wisconsin’s high school population.

Areas of study stretch across a variety of disciplines, such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, and business.

By using academic and career plans, students are able to align their coursework to their career or college aspirations.

“CTE Month highlights innovative, school-to-work programs and career opportunities for high school students who attend technical college for short-term training or a two-year degree,” according to Kelli Grasse, LTC career and technical education manager.

“Through dual enrollment programs like early college and youth apprenticeship, Wisconsin’s technical colleges, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and local businesses have partnered to expand CTE opportunities for students to allow high school students to work in paid positions where they can earn high school credits, industry certifications, and valuable work experience.”

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