Friday Update 5/4/12

Lake Tech Students Win Big at State SkillsUSA Competition

Three exciting days in Pensacola at the Florida State SkillsUSA Conference allowed Lake Tech students to learn new leadership and teamwork skills, hone and show off their technical skills, and have some fun while doing so! As an added bonus – we brought home five medals:

  • Postsecondary Technical Computer Applications – Mariah Wright – Silver
  • Postsecondary Advertising Design – Caleb Wayne Jensen – Bronze
  • Postsecondary Nail Care – Tatiana Borges – Silver
  • Postsecondary Nail Care – Quantesia Smith – Bronze
  • Secondary Nail Care – Stormy Bennett – Bronze

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Today in America on Location in Eustis

The City of Eustis hosted the United States Media TV camera crew on Wednesday, May 2 who was in town filming an upcoming segment of “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw”. The film crew began their day filming at the Lake Tech main campus. The crew also filmed at Ferran Park and Historic Downtown, as well as other locations around the City.

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Academic Affairs

Arts, AV Technology & Communication
Wildwood Middle High School will be visiting Kerrie Johnson’s Digital Design program in order to build their own program. Kerrie will assist and will also be able to develop a path so that the students can enroll in the Lake Tech program once they graduate from high school.

Kerrie also visited the Lake Minneola High School Digital Design program to share information about how they can continue their program at Lake Tech after graduation.

Human Services
The Cosmetology students had an exciting runway project that they worked on this week. The students themselves picked the project and era. They picked their own teams of four to five students and one model. The objective was to produce a 40’s-50’s makeup and hair look. They had four hours to complete the look and have their model ready for the runway. Ms. Betty Jones and Dr. Lindamood served as the judges, and based their decision on the complexity of the style and makeup look. The students had a GREAT time working on this project, and the winning team received free facials. Special thanks to Tonyia Burnham and Tonia Whalen for holding down the “fort” and doing such a fun project with the students while instructors Charity and DeAnna were away at the SkillsUSA State Conference!

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Law, Public Safety & Security
It has been another phenomenal week at Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety. Day Law Class took the Crime Scene Investigation exam this week and did very well. Night Law is currently on the Gun Range and shooting very well. Corrections Recruits have been on the Gun Range this week and all have passed the practical portion of the block of instruction.

On Thursday, Day Law and the Fire Fighter Recruits had their annual PT Challenge. Both groups ran an awesome race with a four second margin of victory going to the Firefighters. Congratulations! We are very proud of all of the Recruits and hope they continue to build relationships with their Public Safety brothers and sisters, all of our lives depend on it!

Adult Education
The Adult Education instructors are busy helping students get ready to take the TABE and/or take the GED by the end of the school year. In the last 2 weeks, we’ve had 17 students retest on the TABE and gained 21 hits! Two students made significant gains; one went from a 5.1M level to a 8.2D level in language, and the other went from 5.4M level to a 12.1 D level in math. Two AAAE students got their needed score for their CTE program. We have 11 more students signed up to take the GED by the end of this school year and several more going to the GED orientation next week. Whew!

This last Saturday, nearly 20 of our Adult Education faculty met to work on Career Pathways related projects. While this year has presented a number of challenging opportunities, one incredible good that has come out of it is a real sense of team-work and collaboration. In one of the pictures, teams of teachers were recording their findings from a session focused on mapping new contextualized curriculum to TABE requirements. Great job!

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“Spiders, flowers, pigs, and friendship”…what’s the connection? An Adult ESOL field trip of course!

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for students to use their developing language skills in a real-life situation. This year’s trip included the stage production of Charlotte’s Web at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and a picnic at and tour of Leu Gardens.

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Student Affairs

We are quickly drawing near to the end of the academic year and our Career Technical Education graduation ceremony. Currently, graduates and graduating students can begin ordering the cap and gown for the ceremony that will be held on Thursday, June 21st at Lake Receptions. Individual items, such as the memorial tassel, in the unit are also available for purchase. Some of the students may be wearing their official program uniform, but they may wish to purchase the memorial tassel. The deadline to order is May 11th.

Staff Development Opportunities

The CHOICES Team will be offering four more webinars this month on CHOICES Planner. CHOICES Planner is the career planning program that the Florida Department of Education provides free of charge to all middle, high and postsecondary schools, as well as other organizations that need a career planning tool.

The “Introduction to CHOICES Planner” webinar is for users who are new to CHOICES Planner or who have not accessed the program in some time and need a refresher. The “CHOICES Planner – Professional Tools” webinar covers the various features found in this part of CHOICES. You will need a professional account to participate in this webinar to fully benefit from the training. If you do not have a professional account or do not remember your log-in information, contact the CHOICES Team prior to the day of the training for assistance.

Wednesday, May 16th

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Introduction to CHOICES Planner
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – CHOICES Planner – Professional Tools

Wednesday, May 23rd

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – CHOICES Planner – Professional Tools
  • • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Introduction to CHOICES Planner

To register for a webinar, go to and select Training Center and then click on the tab “Upcoming” to get the calendar list of monthly trainings. Click the link “Register” next to the specific webinar listing you want and follow instructions.

For more information, contact the CHOICES Team at (800) 342-9271 or by e-mail at (Note: All times are EDT.)

Around Campus and In the Community

Trudy Dailey and Megan Sines represented Lake Tech at Umatilla Middle School last week as part of a Career Fair sponsored by the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce.

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Trudy Dailey represented Lake Tech at the Probation and Parole Client Re-Entry event.

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  • The First Annual Invitational High School Team Chef Competition will take place at Lake Tech on May 7.
  • Leadership Lake will be spending part of their day at Lake Tech on Wednesday, May 9.
  • The Lake Tech Sumter County Paramedic Program graduation will be held May 11.
  • National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on May 24.
  • The Lake County Aerospace Roundtable will meet at Lake Tech on May 31.

Kudos to Melissa Stephan! She has been selected by the Florida Department of Education to be a reviewer for the Carl D. Perkins Department of Juvenile Justice Competitive Grants.

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