In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College
- State SkillsUSA Competition – Going on NOW!!
- Nigh Law Enforcement Graduation, April 27, 6 pm at IPS
- Career Fair, May 3, 9 – 11 am in the Lake Tech Lobby
- National Look Alike Day Competition, May 20
- National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony, May 23
3rd Annual Partners for Success Was a Hit! This premier Lake County event allows Lake Technical College, along with Lake County Schools and Lake Sumter State College to showcase to the business community the programs and partnerships designed to prepare the skilled workforce.
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ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
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.
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts – On Friday, the Culinary students welcomed two guest chefs to the classroom. The first was Melina de la Paz, Lake Tech alumn and owner of Sol de Mexico in Eustis. She demonstrated and then taught the students how to create jello flowers. The pictures do not do justice to the actual work of art!
The second guest chef was Yolanda Diaz, owner of MaYoDi’s – Fruit Carvings and Displays. She taught the students the art of carving fruits and vegetables. Once again, the talent of the Lake Technical College students is amazing. Even Campus Life Coordinator Kim Frazier got the opportunity to give it a try.
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Cosmetology, Facials Specialty, Nails Specialty – PM Cosmetology students being creative and having fun.
Computer Systems & Information Technology (CSIT) – Instructor Aramis Martinez and his students have finished their display rig for the front lobby.
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 & PUBLIC SAFETY
Law Enforcement Academy / Correctional Officer – Law Enforcement Academy Day Class. Learning was an interactive affair for the Day Class this week. On Thursday, all 26 were at the firearms range to practice ‘active shooter’ scenarios. Before beginning the day in the Live Fire House, the recruits brushed up on their knowledge of officer safety, cover and concealment, and communication. The class was then ready to use non-lethal training ammunition while they were partnered up. Among the many things that were taught and learned, keeping an open view and always having your partner’s back were some of the most important. In the end, the class was very grateful for the instructors who created such an exciting and interactive learning environment.
Correctional Officer – The class continues to work on their classroom bookwork. Currently, they are working on facility emergencies. Once they complete this block of instruction, they will head out to the range for firearms. Physical training continues to push the recruits to the limit and test their strengths.
TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS
Auto Service Technology – Students have been working on different projects this week from bringing the brake system back to life on a 40+ year old car and getting it to run to getting started on the installation of a six-inch lift kit on a GM truck. These practical activities have helped them understand the work involved and allowed them to learn suspension component names as well as removal and installation of those components.
A special thanks to the students that helped us this past Tuesday with the Partners for Success event. This event was a great opportunity for them to practice their networking skills. One of our students spoke to a potential employer and is in the process of possibly getting hired.
Adult Basic Education and GED Prep – Recently, the GED students have been reviewing algebra, functions, and patterns. Students always like hands-on activities, so we tried algebra tiles. These are small square or rectangular shapes that represent variables, like X or 1. It helped some of the students visualize how to work the algebra equations, especially when it came to seeing how the negative and positive numbers effected the outcome. In looking at patterns, we tried our hand at working Sudoku. Most of the students liked this and enjoyed the challenge.
The past two weeks, reading students delved into filling out job applications and rental agreements as well as writing a resume. The vocabulary and legal wording of everyday forms was discussed and broken down so as to understand what to do and what we are signing/agreeing to. We explored the concept of, “why we need reading in everyday life” was discussed and reasons why people do not read well/carefully was bounced around.
In these lessons, technology skills were increased as students needed to save resumes, copy/paste and format their documents. In addition, ABE students were given a sneak peek into the GED tests wherein we looked at the sampler questions and discussed the online format of the 4 GED subject areas. Students were happily surprised that they easily navigated through many of the various answer types: drag-and-drop, click, hot spot, and type-in-answers.
Also, career readiness skills were stressed as we journeyed through the best ways to search for a job, preparing for an interview, and follow up etiquette.
On Tuesday, Mr. John England returned to further the topic of how our government formed. The origins of our US Constitution and roots in the Continental Congress were shared and students had lots of engaging questions and pointed out some areas where our government is not working according to constitutional law. Lots of think power was brewing.
Last, but not least, on the testing front, many students have successfully taken their reading TABE and made gains. Quite a few have completed their reading TABE requirements and have moved into other subjects towards completion of goals and attainment of their GED.
Math students worked on Fractions. They compared the size of different fractions using fraction tiles. These manipulatives helped them to visually determine the size differences of fractions.
English Language Arts students delved into the complexity of sentence structure. They continued to learn to work with simple sentences, complex sentences, and compound sentences. Lessons were flipped so as to have students complete a review of material, including videos, provided to them via the internet through Schoology. Lively in-class discussion took place afterwards so as to clarify and reinforce learned concepts. Each student worked to differentiate between subordinating clauses (along with their conjunctions) and independent (main) clauses. They also learned to use the appropriate method of joining two independent clauses using the comma and a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So).
Career Fair – May 3, 9– 11 am – The 4th Annual Lake Technical College Career Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 from 9 until 11 am. There will be about 30 local employers right here on our campus. All students are invited to participate!
This event will allow to students practice networking, meet with people in the business and industry community, and take a CareerSource Central Florida workshop. Whether your students are ready for employment now or later, this Career Fair opportunity will be beneficial for everyone.
There is a sign-up sheet on the Career Success Center door for the CareerSource Central Florida workshops. The topics of the workshops are below.
- 9 am – Keys to a Successful Job Search
- 10 am – Planning and Preparing for the Interview
- 11 am – What Not to Say in an Interview
Share these videos with your students – so they will be ready!
- A Guide to Networking for a Fast Job Search opens in a new window
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- How to Prepare for a Job Fairopens in a new window
- How to Approach a Recruiteropens in a new window
Graduation Regalia is on sale through April 29. Graduation will be held June 23 at Lake Receptions.
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.
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, 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 email@example.com new email
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.
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 pmopens in a new window. If you are interested in walking with the group or participating in the Twighlight 5K, contact Lilliana at ext. 1820.
Sharing Our Story…
- Kim Frazier attended the East Lake Chamber meeting last week.
- 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.