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Lakeshore Technical College took first place in the Dairy Specialist team competition at the 2022 National Professional Agricultural Student Organization Conference. Team members included Elizabeth Benicke, Alex Diersen, and Colin DeYoung.

Students in the Professional Agricultural Students Club at Lakeshore Technical College fared well at spring national and state competitions, continuing the college’s tradition of excelling at these competitive events.

“Our students are keenly aware Lakeshore is consistently a contender at these competitions, so they take their coursework seriously and we practice as much as possible,” said Lakeshore Agribusiness Science and Technology/Dairy Herd Instructor and PAS Club Advisor Craig Lallensack. “Keeping our tradition of winning is important to our students and college.”

At the 2022 National PAS Organization Conference, which took place in Minneapolis, approximately 300 students from two- and four-year colleges across the country competed. Following close finishes in recent years, Lakeshore placed first in the Dairy Specialist team competition, topping colleges including Iowa State University and Southern Illinois University. The team included Colin DeYoung, Alex Diersen, and Elizabeth Benicke. In individual competitions, Diersen placed second in Dairy Specialist and Dairy Specialist Employment Interview.

Students from Lakeshore and technical colleges across the state attended the 2022 State PAS Organization Conference virtually. In individual competitions, Diersen placed first in the Dairy Specialist Employment Interview. In the Dairy Specialist competition, Lily Charapata placed fourth and Elizabeth Benicke fifth. Brenden Wenzel placed fifth in the Ag Equipment Servicing Employment Interview. Lakeshore teams placed second, third, and seventh in the Dairy Specialist competition, and fifth and seventh in the College Bowl competition.

“It is truly amazing to support our students throughout their programs and watch them put all they learn in class and out in the field together to compete and problem-solve as some of the best students in the state and country,” said Lallensack.

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About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 8,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on Lakeshore for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. Lakeshore faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #20 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist three out of the last four years, and the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.

Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore Technical College each year, and associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $54,048 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at