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Lakeshore Technical College has named two new deans. Rachel Kroeplien is dean of applied technology and economic development. Chris Schatz is dean of health and human services, a role he previously held from 2017 to 2021.

Rachel Kroeplien

Kroeplien joined Lakeshore in 2015 as an agriculture instructor. In 2020 she moved into the role of senior flexible instructional design coordinator. Her achievements include creating the first online agriculture-focused associate degree in the Wisconsin Technical College System, earning the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Post-Secondary Agricultural Program nomination in 2018, and leading Lakeshore’s competency-based education initiative. Kroeplien is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership.

Chris Schatz

Schatz’s accomplishments at Lakeshore include leading efforts with area high schools and healthcare facilities to provide opportunities for students to take college-level healthcare courses. He also led Lakeshore’s initiative with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay to offer a 2-2-1 nursing pathway, which allows students to complete three academic degrees while learning locally and saving on tuition and expenses. Schatz holds a doctorate in higher education leadership.

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Lakeshore Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college educating more than 9,000 students annually. Students enroll at Lakeshore to master real-world, employable career skills and start their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Lakeshore faculty and staff are focused on providing each student an individualized learning experience.

Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized two-year college. The college was ranked #2 in the nation by Washington Monthly, #17 in the nation by Forbes, #20 in the nation by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist four out of the last five years, and named the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.
Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore each year, and associate degree graduates report earning a median salary of $59,899 within six months of graduating. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore educates students at learning campuses in downtown Manitowoc and downtown Sheboygan. Classes are also offered at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at