In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College
- SkillsUSA General Meeting, EMT Classroom October 27 at 1 pm
- Groundbreaking Ceremony for the CAM (Center for Advanced Manufacturing) October 30, 10 am, Main Campus
- Fall Festival, October 31 on the Main campus
- PT Challenge at the Institute of Public Safety, November 3
- Campus Showcase, November 6 and 7, Main Campus and Institute of Public Safety
- Veteran’s Day, November 11 (Holiday)
- Career Night, November 12, Main Campus and Institute of Public Safety
- Partners for Success, November 18th at the Clermont Community Center
Business Management & Administration
Accounting Operations, Administrative Office Specialist – This has been a short, but busy, week for our Business classes! In addition to working on our program requirements, we also took time to learn from several informative presentations.
Dominique Hutto, an Administrative Office Specialist student, presented information on the important topic of “E-mail Etiquette”, which included the do’s and don’ts of using e-mail. She also answered several questions.
We also welcomed Ms. Lucy Vanderwall as a guest speaker. Ms. Vanderwall is the Business Administrator with Hegstrom Homes. She began by describing her career and how she worked her way from different jobs to her current position as a Business Administrator. Ms. Vanderwall discussed how important education is and how it gave her opportunities. She gave examples of the importance of “soft skills” including team work. She also shared information about resumes and interview techniques, illustrating both good and not so good examples. She concluded her presentation by answering a variety of questions.
Practical Nursing – Students in the Day Practical Nursing program spent Friday working on the famous “Adrenal/Kidney Relay Review of Knowledge.” Since the weather was so nice, the students held the challenge outside where they speed walked holding wooden kidneys and answering questions. Then, they came inside and danced to the Happy song in the lobby. (You had to see it to believe it)
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Medical Assisting – Last week was Medical Assistants Recognition Week and the students celebrated with a presentation from Maria Wieglemann, CMA. Maria is the President of the Central Florida Society of Medical Assistants. Dr. Lindamood presented a personality test to the students as they learned a little bit about themselves. They also had some fun – dressing in pajamas on Wednesday and the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s for Throwback Thursday. On Friday, they enjoyed a cultural potluck.
Cosmetology – Cosmetology students received some additional education this week, thanks to some outside help. On Monday 10/13 we had Mrs. Velma Dawson with John Amico Color come in and do a demonstration for both our AM and PM Classes. She was engaging, and several times assured the students that this class is only the beginning of a long successful career, and that as long as they have a desire to grow and learn they will be successful in this industry. For the daytime she used Karen Koontz and did an all over color with highlights, and for our PM students she used Brittany Sanford and demonstrated some lowlight techniques.
On Wednesday our PM and Facial Specialty students were privileged to have Ms. Margie Harris come in and do a skincare and makeup presentation. The students were very excited and in fact a few didn’t even want to take their break. She used Naomi Phillips-Watson as her model I have included some before and after photos.
We have been applying Pink Hair Extensions for Breast Cancer Awareness. This has actually been an opportunity to teach and help the community. Students have been shown a new way to apply extensions, therefore expanding the types of services they can offer to their guests, expand their portfolio, and generate revenue.
Our Senior and Juniors have been working hard at practical’s in Chemical Texturizing. Ed Ricci, works on a mannequin for Soft Curl Reformation while Monica Cox is applying Relaxer to a client. These are some of the fundamental techniques and skills that will set our students for success in the real world environment. These services are highly sought after and when done right can bring in lots of revenue.
Law and Public Safety
Correctional Officer – Nine students graduated last week from the Correctional Officer program. Major Christopher Edelen, Department of Corrections, LCI, was the speaker. All the students who wanted to work at LCI were hired about a month ago. What a great feeling to graduate with a good job in the career field of your choice!
October is National Manufacturing Month! The groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Lake Technical College will be held on Thursday at 10 am. Guest speakers include Commissioner Leslie Campione, Senator Alan Hays, Representative Larry Metz, Congressman Daniel Webster, Dr. Susan Moxley, Sherry Reeves from the Manufacturing Association of Central Florida, and Chief Cobb. There will be a reception after the ceremony in the Tech Dining room.
Last week, Diane Culpepper toured Eagle Quality Components in Tavares. Owner Tony Soos discussed the machining training needs in Lake County and ways we can partner.
Transportation & Logistics
Automotive Service Technology – On October 15, the NATEF team was on campus to recertify the Automotive Service Technology program. The team was very impressed with the program and how it operates. The same day, two new machines were delivered – a tire changer and a tire balancer. The new equipment will help the students be more productive in the field.
Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing – Seventeen students have earned their AWS D-1 welding certification so far this year. Members of the Auto Collision Advisory Committee believe this skill will enhance the employability of the students.
In addition, faculty, staff and students have already donated $200 for Breast Cancer Awareness by signing the pink automobile hood. There is still an opportunity to sign the hood and make a donation if you haven’t already done so.
Diesel Technology – The Diesel students learned how to disassemble brake systems and how to build engines. They also enjoyed using their new engine stand.
Honoring our Employees
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, and Support Person of the Year!
Carlos Reyes, Teacher of the Year.
James Brucker, Rookie Teacher of the Year.
Lana Taylor, School Related Employee of the Year.
Lake Tech turned pink on October 17! A special thanks to all the students, faculty and staff who focused on “Breast Cancer Awareness” and raising money for the cause. The Auto Collision students designed and painted a car hood that people could sign in honor or memory of someone with breast cancer. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Leesburg Police Department brought their pink cars to campus for a photo opp, the cosmetology students provided pink hair for anyone interested, and pink cauliflower and strawberry smoothies were served for lunch!
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The Fall Festival will be held on Friday from 11 – 1 pm. A variety of activities will be available as we raise money for SkillsUSA. Activities include a chili cook off, nail art, face painting, Halloween “tattoos,” cupcake decorating, photo booth, and a very special DJ with music. The Culinary students will have food available outside – cash only!
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.
Job Search Workshops (How to Create a Winning Resume and Answer the Most Difficult Job Interview Questions) will be held on the following days from 3 – 4:30 pm in the Career Success Center:
- Monday, November 10
- Monday, December 15
Dr. Sherie Lindamood will serve as the Student Success Counselor this year. Please invite her to speak to your classes about stress management, study skills, and test taking strategies. She will be spending Tuesdays at the Institute of Public Safety to students on that campus will have the opportunity to utilize her services.
In the Community
Diane Culpepper attended the East Lake Chamber meeting on October 15 and was able to share information about the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
Lake Tech was represented at the Eustis Chamber and Leesburg Chamber meetings this month.
Diane Culpepper presented at the Leesburg Noon Rotary meeting on October 22.
DeAnna Thomas and Kim Frazier represented Lake Tech at the Leesburg Business Expo on October 23.
Jack Miller represented Lake Tech at the 15th Annual Lights on Afterschool event sponsored by Life to the Max, Inc. held at the Genesis Center in Leesburg on October 23.
Melissa Stephan represented Lake Tech at the Central Florida Health Alliance Career Fair on October 23 and 24.
Kim Frazier finished up the high school visits this week in preparation for Showcase on November 6 and 7. She was able to visit all of the high schools this year.