Friday Update 10/3/14

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  •  Lake County Fire Chiefs will have lunch at Lake Tech on October 15.
  • Turn Lake Tech Pink, October 17. The deadline to order your Lake Tech Breast Cancer Awareness T Shirt is NOON on Tuesday, October 7. 
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for the CAM (Center for Advanced Manufacturing) October 30, 10 am
  • Fall Festival, October 31 on the main campus
  • PT Challenge at the Institute of Public Safety, November 3
  • Campus Showcase, November 6 and 7
  • Partners for Success, November 18th at the Clermont Community Center

Academic Affairs

Arts, AV Technology & Communication
Digital Design Instructor Kerrie Johnson was recently notified that last year’s graduate Dustin Peratos’ logo design will be used for the Eustis Chamber GeorgeFest 5K! Congratulations to Dustin!

All of the Digital Design students have earned their Florida Ready-to-Work certification. Congratulations DD students! 

Business Management & Administration
Accounting Operations, Administrative Office Specialist – The business classes have been full of excitement and activities!  The students are making new friends and learning many new business procedures.  An extra help this year is Ms. Ryan Barousse from the University of Central Florida who is spending this fall semester with us.  Ms. Barousse leads lessons and works with all the students. One of the pictures is Ryan leading a lesson in “Mail Merge” a critical tool for our students and presenting a certificate to Antonio Loredo.

As the students learn new skills, they share them with the class.  In one picture, you see Kamia Manning and Brandon Goff presenting information regarding accounting opportunities and accounting procedures to their classmates.  These exercises help prepare our students for future positions as oral communication skills are one of the many soft skills employers continue to find important in their employees.

This week, student Jessica Straub completed her Accounting Operations program and job shadowed at the Community Development Offices in The Villages.  At the same time, instructor Chuck Durante received a call from an employer regarding an opening for someone who was skilled in QuickBooks. Jessica interviewed with the company on Wednesday. The company asked her to come in for a second interview early on Friday. After the second interview, Jessica came to class and made her presentation to the rest of the students on both the job shadowing and interview experiences.  A few minutes later she received a call letting her know that she was hired by the company where she had interviewed. A big celebration followed! Congratulations Jessica!!

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Health Science
EMS – Ambulance in the Works! The EMT and Paramedic students –as well as program instructors are very excited as we look forward to the completion of the ambulance box being built inside the EMS Programs Building.  The transformation has been tremendous.  Once completed the ambulance will be part of the total simulation patient care process – from response to the scene, providing patient care, and “transporting” the patient to the appropriate medical facility.  Many thanks to Mark Prescott for his expertise and hard work in bringing this idea to actuality.

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The Ambulance located inside the EMS building and built by Mark Prescott is now finished. The Paramedic students are now able to simulate critical situations just like they will when they are on the job.

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Nursing Assistant
The evening Nursing Assistant students are learning how to use their PPE – Personal Protective Equipment!

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Representatives from the Nursing Leadership team of the Central Florida Health Alliance visited the Eustis campus and conducted interviews for their hospital system. Nursing Assistant students from Jennifer Rausch’s class completed applications, prepared resumes, and participated in the interview process. Several students were offered jobs! Areas these new employees will be working in include the maternal child unit, surgical floor, oncology, and general medical units!

Practical Nursing – The students in the Day PN program on the main campus had a chance to gain real appreciation for the anatomy of the heart. They spent last Thursday dissecting sheep hears which are similar in structure to human hearts. This lesson provided an excellent opportunity to visualize the inner workings of one of the most important organs in the human body.

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 Hospitality & Tourism
Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts – Enjoy the pictures from the Annual Business Partner Reception and Advisory Committee Meeting held on September 25. As usual, the Culinary Team and students did an amazing job.

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Human Services
Cosmetology – The Cosmetology department is in full swing! All students at this point have received their student kits and are eagerly utilizing all the goodies contained within! The Freshmen, in both the Day and Evening Programs have completed their basic instruction in safety and are ready to go. They have also received in their Student Kits, and have enjoyed working on their mannequins and creating some very nice Up-Do’s!

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The Seniors have been working on bringing the “Decades of Fashion alive through Finger Waves, Pin Curls and Roller Sets!” Although perhaps a bit challenging, the students have learned so much and have really perfected their skills. Some of our students have been a bit bold as they perfect the art of Ombre and Color Melting on their Mannequins.

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The Nail Specialty students have begun the task of mastering their “Smile Lines” for Acrylic Nails. The Facial Specialty students have learned the 5-In-1 machine, as well as observed each other’s skin through the Woods lamp, which will show them different areas to concentrate on with their clients so they can advise them on which products may be more useful in the treatment for the skin.

Our students are anxious to enter this highly successful career field!

Law and Public Safety
911 Public Safety Telecommunications Program – Welcome to the students of Lake Tech’s first 911 Public Safety Telecommunications Class (PST). This is a State of Florida approved training program. The class in held on Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety Campus. The 911 PST course is a 232-hour program which prepares the individual for employment as dispatcher for police, fire, and ambulance agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the State of Florida PST certification exam.

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Lake Technical College has been added as a new testing site for PearsonVue and the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Beginning October 1, we are able to administer the Florida licensure exam for Fire Fighting in our Assessment Center located on the main campus.

Criminal Justice Director Russ Edwards will be traveling to Santa Clause, Indiana next week to take part in the 4th annual Emerson Society Summit. The Summit gathers 35 of the top Criminal Justice minds from around the US in an effort to discuss emerging issues in the Law Enforcement field and plan for the future. The Summit is based on a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson who was famous for asking people after not seeing them for a long time “What has become clear to you since last we met?” This Summit is by invitation only and we are very excited to send one of our own to participate in such an important event.

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Florida Law Enforcement Academy
Corrections – The Law and Corrections recruits are expanding into CrossFit as part of their physical fitness training. They have also been learning and practicing their shooting.

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The first course to be offered as we begin developing the Center for Advanced Manufacturing is CNC Specialist starts October 6. Students will learn shop and personal safety, shop math and GD&T for turning and milling, presetting tools, programming zero points, working cycles, and start-up routines, and much more. This course is 240 hours in length. Twelve students are enrolled.

A blueprint reading class will be offered on the first three Saturdays in November. This 24 hour class will cost $168 plus a book.

Transportation & Logistics
Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing – The Auto Collision students had the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker from SEM Repair and Refinishing Products. This product is the new plastic repair and seam sealing material being used in the collision industry today. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about this new technology.

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Auto Service Technology – The Auto Service Technology students have been very busy for the last couple of weeks learning the basics on how to perform an oil change, disassembling engines and putting them back together, and performing wheel alignments. In the pictures one of our students is performing an oil change and suspension check on a Ford F-series, one of his favorite pick-up trucks!

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Adult Education
ESOL – Every week ESOL classes meet around the county to learn this “crazy” language we call English! Here’s a wonderful group of students from around the world practicing their “Past Tense” at Cooper Memorial Library! Lake Tech in partnership with the Lake County Library System, offers ESOL and GED classes at the libraries!

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Student Affairs

The new 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, October 6
Thursday, October 23
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

Lake Tech participated in the Daily Commercial Job Fair in Leesburg on September 16 and the first annual Lake County Business Expo held at Lake Receptions on September 17.

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Kim Frazier and Instructor James Brucker participated in the College and Career Night at Leesburg High School on September 30. The virtual paint machine was a big hit among the high school juniors and seniors who are thinking about their future career and college choices.

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Diane Culpepper was the guest speaker at the Noon Villages Rotary Club meet on September 23. She shared information about Lake Tech and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Diane Culpepper and Instructor Randy Yates were the guest speakers at the Evening Villages Rotary Club meeting on September 24. This is the Club that provided funds for our SkillsUSA student to attend National Competition this past summer.

Sherie Lindamood represented Lake Tech at the Clermont Goodwill Job Fair on October 2. This event was very well attended. Lake Tech recently partnered with the Goodwill to offer GED classes at both the Clermont and Leesburg sites.

Lake Tech will participate in the Lake Sumter State College Fair on October 6.

The first Showcase Presentation of this school year will be at Leesburg High School ALL DAY on October 8. Carlos Reyes, Elise Veremakis, and Kim Fraizer will participate.

Lake Tech will participate in the Community Resource and Career Fair at the Venetian Gardens in Leesburg on October 10.

Diane Culpepper has been asked to serve as a member of the East Central Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee. This committee represents Lake, Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Osceola, and Volusia counties. Lake Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing is now part of the CEDS strategy. If you would like to learn more, click this link: in a new window

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