Friday Update 1/26/18

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  • Lake Tech Staff Alumni Association Breakfast, February 6, 9 am
  • Teacher of the Year Celebration, February 11, 6 pm
  •  Nursing Assistant Graduation, February 13, 11 am
  • Nursing Capping and Pinning, February 15, 7 pm
  • Regional SkillsUSA Competition, February 15-16, Lake Tech campus
  • GeorgeFest Parade, February 24, 8 am
  • TechXPO, March 12, 5-7 pm, Main Campus
  • Partners for Success, March 28 pm


HVAC 1 & 2 – Instructor Steve Bagg attended a statewide curriculum writing team meeting in Miami, but his students didn’t miss a beat. Ms. Avelli held down the fort and learned how to tell if a swedged joint will leak or not by seeing what it looks like when cut on a diagonal. Many students cut some of their swedged copper work and other students evaluated if the joints were made correctly or if leaks were evident.

On Wednesday, Mitsubishi Heat and Air held a seminar at Lake Tech for local contractors and owners of HVAC companies. Students from both HVAC 1 and 2 participated in the daylong seminar which was an excellent experience for all.


Also, big whoo-hoo to one of the HVAC student who took and passed his science GED test…math is his last subject and scheduled for next week.

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Emergency Medical Technician – Saturday, January 6th was Mock Trauma Day for the evening EMT program. This day is the highlight of the Trauma Module. Students participated in team relays and competed in timed events such as splinting, patient packaging, and bandaging. Students also participated in simulated trauma scenarios in which they assess, treat, stabilize and move the “patient” involved in anything from falls, to vehicle accidents.


Practical Nursing – Twenty-six new nursing students began class on the Clermont campus Monday. Instructor Debra Hampton is excited for the experiences they will all share this year.


Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality – Charcuterie was this week’s topic, featuring a Pâté en Croûte, made by Ryan.  The final display was a joint effort, and it looked amazing!  


Welding Technology – Work is well underway in the new building. All welding machines have power thanks to electrician Evan Sartain. Instructor Bob Sherwood and the welding students designed and fabricated brackets so the welding machines could be moved from the floor onto the way in order to save space! Genius!


Automotive Service Technology – This week, students were learning how tuning can have a great impact on how a vehicle operates and all the variables involved to achieve a perfect tune.


Automotive Collision – Asbury Automotive Group made a presentation to the Auto Collision and the Auto Service students on what their company can offer students for employment and where they have dealerships in the region. The interviewed two Auto Collision students who were hired for the Honda dealership in Orange City. For more information on the Asbury Automotive Group, check out

ABE — Afternoon – What a dynamic class, and they even love to read! Our daily reading passages generate a lot of discussion, excitement, and interest that warrants further reading and research. Other than reading, and a weekly spelling and vocabulary list, our students are going back to the basics of Language Arts with parts of speech. We’ve covered nouns, pronouns, and verbs, including the simple tenses to the more complex. Of course, there is a lot of opportunity for practical application and review, and we incorporate great websites in all that we do.

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ESOL – Main Campus – Maps and Modals! That’s what we’ve been studying in Advanced English this week! More specifically, the practice of giving directions using a diagram of city blocks while participating in lots of fun, interactive, partner-driven activities. Moving from conversational skills to grammatical, it’s been a week of “would, could, and should” with practice, application, and review of the modal auxiliary verbs. Our Beginning English students are learning several verb tenses and enjoying our interactive Oxford Picture Dictionary program on the computer. All of our students enjoy many opportunities for listening, speaking, reading, and writing English daily along with weekly time spent on Civics and Job Skills. We even had the Automotive Department from right here at Lake Tech visit our classroom and generate much enthusiasm among our students about their program and the many that are offered here.


ESOL – Clermont Campus – We had a wonderful time with Dr. Culpepper!  She came all the way down to the Clermont campus to present the Student of the Month award to Laurence Jacques. What a wonderful surprise!!  The students were practicing their role plays for ordering at a restaurant. We practice every day!   We have 25 people in the class and the food that they bring on a regular basis is absolutely fantastic! Please come and visit and share an “arepa” with us!!



Laurie Bryant, Coordinator for the new Corporate and Community Training Department represented Lake Tech at the Sumter County Manufacturers Luncheon on Tuesday where the focus was on Manufacturing and Distribution Workforce Insights and Trends. Representatives from local manufacturers and distributors, Sumter County Schools, CareerSource, and Economic Development were present. Two companies expressed interest in building a partnership with Lake Tech and/or receiving customized training. 

Two representatives from FLC Machines in Leesburg, Mike and Trevor, visited campus on Wednesday. They toured the campus and spent time in CNC, Welding, and Automotive Service Technology. Thanks Chris, John, Bob, and Mark for taking time to speak to them. FLC Machines hopes to hire students in the future, is willing to offer job shadowing, internships, and equipment donations when available. 


Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 dual enrollment class. The application window is February 15- April 15, but some students are anxious to enroll – so we will take them early! Submit applications to the Admissions Office.


Sonya Rosenglick has prepared a series of instructional technology workshops she is calling “Fabulous Fridays.” Take advantage of one or more of them so you can implement new tools into your programs.

Maker Space Workshop
Friday, February 16, 2018, 9 am – 11 am in the Career Success Center  

Advanced Schoology Tools
Friday, March 2, 2018, 9 am – 10 am in the Career Success Center  

Maker Space Workshop
Friday, March 16, 2018, 9 am – 11 am in the Career Success Center  

Share Your Project
Friday, April 6, 9 am – 10 am in the Career Success Center (CSC)

Upcoming this week for Students:
Creating A Resume Workshop – Wednesday, February 7
Times:  11:00-11:30; 2:30-3:00; or 4:15 -4:45
Location: Career Success Center, Room A-208


Stephanie joined the Lake Tech family just a few months ago and will be working as an instructor in the Medical Assisting program. We asked her a few questions in order to get to know her a little better:

  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?  

In my spare time, I work with Heart Headway (a non-profit organization).  Our purpose is to use our heart to make headway to help others. I aspire daily to help others; Heart Headway allows me pay it forward. I assist mostly women in a number of ways from resume writing to finding food and clothing for their family.

  1. What’s on the top of your bucket list?

Surprising, I would love to volunteer in a third world country.

  1. What would surprise people the most to learn about you?

I’m a shoe hoarder, I own about 80 pairs of shoes. 

  1. Why do you like working at Lake Tech?

The staff and faculty are truly awesome, everyone is welcoming, friendly and genuinely cares. I also like/ love the fact Lake Tech is student- centered, and students are not treated like numbers to fill a seat. Every instructor I’ve spoken with wants the very best for their students and it shows.

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Diane Culpepper will be in Tallahassee from February 5-7 meeting with legislators.


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