Friday Update 4/15/16

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  • Baked Ziti SkillsUSA Fundraiser, April 22 during lunch
  • State SkillsUSA, Lakeland, FL, April 24-26, 2016
  • Graduation Regalia is on sale until April 29
  • National Look Alike Day Competition, May 20

Partners for Success at Lake Receptions, April 19, 5 – 7:30 pm
Everyone is invited! The event is free.
Please join us and support our students, faculty and programs.

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Academic Affairs


Introduction to Construction – A new course will be offered this fall called Introduction to Construction. This 100-hour course will provide students the opportunity to earn their OSHA certification along with construction industry basics in order to be employable in the field. Local contractors and construction company owners developed a competency list of skills and knowledge entry level workers need to have to be successful on the job.


Digital Design – The Digital Design students are designing custom SALT LIFE-type stickers as our SkillsUSA fundraiser. The students will replace “Salt” with some term from your programs. We’re conceptualizing ideas today, and need to get these into production quickly because SkillsUSA State is approaching. Please respond to Kerrie Johnson at with any ideas that your students request.

The students will be around soon with samples and order forms. Thanks for your support! Hopefully this becomes a cool way to raise money for our Lake Tech contestants.


Accounting Operations / Administrative Office Specialist – The Accounting and Administrative Office Specialist classroom must be the “happening” spot this year! We have added four new students to the program in the last ten days. Welcome to our world Aloma, Jessica, Morgen and Naomi, we are happy to have you with us.

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On behalf of Amanda Crosby, our Skills USA winner, we would all like to thank you for supporting her and the other SkillsUSA team members by purchasing the Country Meat sticks they sold for fundraising.  Go Lake Tech next week!

Accounting student Jennifer Shiver has done two days of job shadowing this spring.  She has been offered “work for pay” after just two days!   This has been a regular occurrence since January.  It is genuinely a “celebration” every time. 

Shout out from ACC & AOS to Culinary: “No Soup for you” – has probably never been heard at Lake Tech with the creative Culinary group we have on campus. Thank you for all the great food and the awesome soups. We really like your breakfasts too and the service with smiles.  There are many of us in the business programs that would go into business with you….   J


EMS Programs – Welcome to the newest EMT students. The class began on February 8 and the students are well on their way to becoming outstanding future employees in the EMS world.

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Welcome – Joseph Addenbrook, Jantzen Barker, Bailey Barngrover, Sharon Bichard, Garrett Easterbrook, Phillip Faro, Cole Hocking, George Johnson, Bailey Knoch, Ricky Llewellyn, Trisha Narain, Christian Padierna, Adam Paynter, Aubrey Pennay, Chad Rees, Diandry Rojas, Jessica Sasser, Briana Swearingen, Tyler Wills

Medical Assisting – This week, the Medical Assisting students learned sterile glove techniques, how to use the autoclave, and assist in office surgeries.

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Evening Practical Nursing – The Evening Practical Nursing students had a very successful yard sale to raise money for their capping and pinning ceremony.

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Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts – Seafood was the topic this week in Culinary.

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On April 22, the Culinary students will be holding a Baked Ziti, salad and bread sticks fundraising meal for SkillsUSA. Mark your calendars now.


Cosmetology – The Senior Cosmetology students are learning Tint backs and how to put pigment in the hair when the color is missing. They are also taking a blonde to a natural 6 level under the direction of Ms. Whalen.

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Computer Systems & Information Technology (CSIT) – Instructor Aramis Martinez and his students have a very diverse curriculum. Over the last few weeks, students have been troubleshooting networking issues using Linux, learning to repair and replace iPad screens, building a display rig for the front lobby, and discussing “this week in technology” with their classmates.

William Schiskie, a student in the CSIT program, is the first student in the new program to earn his A+ certification. He is now a full-fledged CompTIA A+ certified technician and has been hired by a company in Fruitland Park. Congratulations!

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A Cybersecurity program will be added in August so students can add advanced security skills learned in CSIT. Cybersecurity is an in-demand career field.


Law Enforcement Academy / Correctional Officer – Law Enforcement Academy Day Class Disabilities, the elderly, and extremist groups- these were just some of the topics discussed this week during the “Diverse Communities” block. Once again, the recruits were able to test their communication skills through role-playing. During the scenario displayed in the picture, recruit Sons posed as an uncooperative elderly woman who had apparently just fallen. Class Sergeant Gonzalez, with the help of Class Corporal McKinley and fellow recruits Colina and Clayton, demonstrated how thorough interviewing mixed with enough compassion can go a long way.

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On Thursday, the class finally reached their next block concerning interviewing and note-taking. Stressing the importance of field notes, the instructor gave everyone the opportunity to interview their fellow classmates, showing that establishing rapport and learning the details of an event (with specificity) are not always a simple task.

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Law Enforcement Academy Night Class – Congratulations to night Law Enforcement recruit Thomas Herr. He was selected as the Student of the Month for the Basic Recruit Law Enforcement Academy. Sergeant Michael Bond presented the award which included a certificate for his accomplishment and lunch with Dr. Culpepper and Academy Director Russ Edwards.

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Fire Fighter / Advanced Specialized Training, Structural Collapse Operations, 2016 Class

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C.A. Vossberg, President of Electron Machine Corporation in Umatilla and Lake Technical College Board Member has been selected as a nominee for the 2016 FLATE Distinguished Partner Manufacturing Service Award.

The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida’s manufacturing sectors. FLATE provides exemplary industry partnerships, workforce opportunity, and educational synergy throughout the state of Florida by connecting industry and workforce needs to targeted educational endeavors at many community and state colleges across Florida. – See more at:

Winners will be notified by July 5, 2016.

Manufacturing Competitiveness on the Rise – Recent studies show the United States is poised to take the number 1 spot as the global leader in manufacturing by 2020. Since 2010, the U.S. has jumped from the fourth most competitive country to the second (2016) due in great part to investments in new technology. Our strong efforts on energy, high quality talent and innovative measures in the industry are noted as propelling the U.S. forward and will ultimately set the stage for a new leader in global manufacturing. Mexico and Canada also pull in strong rankings thanks to free trade agreements and tariff-free zones, all supporting the rise of the North American manufacturing powerhouse. Learn more on the Deloitte study and see the full list of global rankings.


Auto Service Technology – This week we welcomed three new students. They spent their first week learning about the safety measures needed in the automotive industry to be a successful. The rest of the class spent time rebuilding carburetors and learning how they work.  The students also had the opportunity to work on drum brakes and learned to replace brake shoes on a vehicle. Included in these lessons was the importance of good organizational skills.

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing – Chelsea Bonds, a student in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing program who was awarded the prestigious “Women’s Industry Network (WIN)” scholarship was featured in an article in the National Autobody News. Check it out! in a new window

Check out the new Lake Techmobile! This vehicle was donated to the Auto Service Technology program. Mark McKinney created the design for the car and the students in the Auto Collision program painted it.  There are still several additional features that will be added to the car over time – but Lake Tech will be noticed as this car goes down the road. It’s first exposure will be at the Partner’s for Success event on Tuesday.

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Diesel Technology – The Diesel program is raising money for SkillsUSA by selling a lamp made by instructor Randy Yates. If you are interested in bidding on it, please see Etta in the front kiosk.

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ESOL – Carlos Beron, Associate Director of Volunteer Services at Habitat for Humanity, will be speaking to the ESOL students on May 3. Lake Tech students will have the chance to volunteer on a Habitat House in our community. More details will be available after May 3.

Two of our favorite former ESOL students stopped by for a quick visit with their bundle of job this week. It is always great to see former students and find out all the great things they are doing.

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Student Affairs

Career Boot Camp was a big success. Students attended a 20-minute session fast track workshop each day for two weeks. This boot camp provided information on resume writing, job interviewing, professional dress, and soft skills so the students would be ready for their dream jobs!  Students won movie tickets, t-shirts, and other Lake Tech paraphernalia. One lucky student won a his or her choice of a Kindle Fire or a Laptop.

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The winner of the drawing for the Grand Prize from Career Boot Camp is Kelly Taylor from the Digital Design program.

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Graduation Regalia is on sale through April 29. Graduation will be held June 23 at Lake Receptions.

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National Technical Honor Society – The NTHS Induction Ceremony will be held on May 25 at 2 pm in Room 302 at the Institute of Public Safety campus. Applications are due by April 22 to the Main Campus Business Office.  Each inductee must:

  • Be enrolled in a Lake Tech Career Program and has completed 50% or more of that program.
  • Maintained an attendance rate of 90% or higher; and those students in Law Enforcement and Practical Nursing have met a 95% attendance rate requirement.
  • Has earned a cumulative course grade average of 93% or higher.
  • Has demonstrated high moral character, a positive attitude in the classroom and in the community, and is a role model for his or her peers and has been recommended for membership in NTHS by a program faculty member.

Contact Kim Frazier at extension 1835 if you have questions.

Career Success Center Room 208A – The Career Success Center is open on Mondays (11 am until 6:30 pm), Wednesdays and Fridays (8:30 am until 4 pm). Services offered include developing and refining resumes, cover letters, and portfolios, interviewing techniques, job search assistance, and much more. Please share this information with students and graduates. The Career Success Center is located in Room A-208.

Remaining Workshops Scheduled for Spring 2016:

  • Monday, April 18, 2:45-4:00 pm, Resume Workshop
  • Monday, May 9, 2:45-4:00 pm, Job Interview Skills Workshop
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2:45-4:00 pm, Professional Skills in the Workplace

Please sign up by contacting Ms. Rosenglick via phone or email. (352) 589-2250, ext. 1855 or

Office of Student Success – If you would like to schedule a study skills, test taking, or stress management workshop for your students any time during the semester, contact Dr. Lindamood. Or, you might like to invite Dr. Lindamood to make a brief appearance in your classroom to introduce herself to your students and explain her role as Student Success Counselor.  She can assist your students with anything that may compromise their success: academic challenges, personal problems, and/or financial issues. Dr. Lindamood is a great resource for instructors and students.

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Lake Tech Walking Club

The Lake Tech Walking Club (LTWC) meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 4 pm. The group will be participating in the Inaugural Twilight 5K in Downtown Mt. Dora on May 5th at 7 pm.  If you are interested in walking with the group or participating in the Twighlight 5K, contact Lilliana at ext. 1820.

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Sharing Our Story…

  • Sonya Rosenglick took her show on the road and participated in the Job Readiness program at South Lake High School on April 12.
  • Ally Stewart, owner of Azure Water Company in Leesburg, will tour Lake Tech on April 19 at 1 pm.
  • Tom Self from Senator Marco Rubio’s Office will be on campus April 20 to learn more about the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lake Tech.
  • On April 26, Diane Culpepper will be speaking at the Home Builder’s Association about the new Introduction to Construction class that will be offered this fall.

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