Friday Update 2/23/18

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  • Board of Directors’ Meeting, March 5, 4:30 pm
  • TechXPO, March 12, 5-7 pm, Main Campus
  • Partners for Success, March 28 pm

Lake Tech Celebrates the 116th GeorgeFest Parade!



HVAC 1 & 2 – Instructor Steve Bagg used some integrated math in an HVAC lab today. Students were shown how to compute the conversion of pounds to ounces for refrigerant needed in charging a unit.  The P3 students are moving right along and are entering the wonderful world of GED math concepts.  Collaborative lessons and brain power makes for a fun class.  We plan to take math on the road at the Adult Ed Hub in B building next week. The integration of academics into the technical program allows students to see why they really have to know the academic concepts.

Accounting Operations / Administrative Office Specialist – This was a productive week for our Business programs. The Accounting Operations program had numerous OCP completers and many others are preparing to graduate soon. In addition to the busy course work, Denisse Barajas, one of the Accounting Operations’ students gave a very informative presentation on the topic of Business Letter Formatting.

Medical Assisting – Students in the Medical Assisting program held a “Potlove” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They also played pin the heart on the body! Recently they volunteered to work at the 2018 Child Protection Conference in Leesburg.


Practical Nursing – Instructor Anne Willey’s practical nursing students held their capping and pinning at Lake Sumter State College on February 15. The graduate nurses are now preparing for their NCLEX exam. After they pass it, they will be ready to go to work!


Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality –  The kitchen was abuzz with SkillsUSA students from around the region. Lake Tech hosted both the Hot Foods and Restaurant Service competitions.

Monica practicing her royal icing techniques on some sugar cookies she made.

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Correctional Officer – Graduation from the Correctional Officer program took place on February 20. For the first time in history, the entire class passed their state licensure exam on their first try!


Automotive Service Technology – Students from the Automotive Service Technology competed in the recent SkillsUSA competition and brought home four medals! Now, on to state competition.


Automotive Collision Technology Technician – Last Wednesday, students in both Automotive Programs were invited to a career fair at Hillsborough Community College. The students meet potential employers including insurance companies, who want to hire our students. The host school also provided a tour of their facility. The students had a great time and were able to network for their future careers.


Adult Basic Education (ABE) / GED Prep –  This week, reading students delved into the Calvin Cycle and Cellular Respiration. Comparing and contrasting each process, chemical equation, and interaction between plants and people; we looked at how we need plants! We also incorporated some GED math questions as students found that there is MUCH reading comprehension to be unraveled here. Our student of the month, Everett Deboer led a class discussion on an easy way to do percentages.

Our science lesson in the GED class was about Newton’s First Law.  Motion, distance, speed, velocity, friction were tested by racing matchbox cars on different surfaces.  Students had to make a hypothesis, determine the independent and dependent variables, test their prediction, record the data, and then determine if the hypothesis is correct.

Can you solve this GED math question?  Our GED students can!

Our students have been steadfastly and studiously working on adverbs this week (see what I did there?), as well as learning some magnificent and extraordinary adjectives! We’ve utilized context clues in our readings about snakes, the country of Sikkim, heart transplants, and the great fire of Chicago. Next week, we will begin to write an expository paper in addition to Reading and Language Arts.  







ESOL – It’s been a super sweet couple of weeks! What started out as a small soiree turned into a wonderful Valentine’s Day feast thanks to the generous nature of our students. There was much fun and conversation, flowers and chocolate, and many delicious dishes to sample. We incorporated a Valentine’s Day theme to our learning as we talked about The Five Languages of Love (Chapman), the vocabulary terms for relationships to one another in extended families, as well as American idioms. Our students were in great spirits for Spirit Day, sporting their tie-dye and 60’s outfits. Beyond the festivities, Advanced ESOL students studied the future progressive verb tense, and reflexive and possessive pronouns. Our Beginning ESOL students have been delving into count and non-count nouns, the negative in the present tenses, and have even written their own autobiographies! Maybe next week we’ll talk about ways to work off all that Valentine’s Day candy!



Information on the STEM Summer Camps to be held at Lake Tech starting in June is available on the school’s website and Facebook account.  Please spread the word!

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Laurie Bryant will attend the stemCONNECT meeting which is part of the Florida HighTech Corridor on March 5. By participating, Lake Tech will have additional opportunities for our students and in the community.

In addition, Laurie will also represent Lake Tech at iBuild. This is a five county alliance made up of industry and education partners interested in the construction industry. For more information, please go to


Spirit Day was a hit! All proceeds from the T-shirt fundraiser will go to SkillsUSA. The next Spirit Day will be held on March 15. More shirts are being purchased now as we ran out of some this past week.


SkillsUSA – Lake Tech hosted the regional SkillsUSA competition on February 15 and 16 and we have winners! Now, let the fundraising begin as students are headed to Pensacola for the state competition.

Skills Events

  • Cosmetology – Gabrielle Tedder, High School, Gold
  • Esthetics – Sarah Glass, Postsecondary, (Model- Aubrey Sabourin), Bronze; Elizabeth Mangual – Postsecondary, (Model-Erica Magana), Gold
  • Diesel  Benjamin Jones – Postsecondary, Silver
  • Automotive – Kevin Cordero – Postsecondary, Silver; Mark Lee – Postsecondary, Gold; Tyler Romeyn – High School, Bronze; Camron Stephenson – High School, Gold
  • Bakeshop – Nina Krentel- Postsecondary, Gold; Paula Lach – Postsecondary, Bronze

Leadership Events

  • Job Interviewing – Cody Delpino-Little, Postsecondary, Bronze
  • Customer Service – Johnnie Reeves-Jones, Postsecondary, Silver; Kendra Douglas, Postsecondary, Bronze; Gabrielle Phillips, Postsecondary, Gold
  • Prepared Speech – Angelena Resende, Postsecondary, Gold


Dual Enrollment – Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 dual enrollment class. The application window is February 15- April 15, 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.

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)


Diane Culpepper and Laurie Bryant will attend the Workforce Taskforce meeting to be held on March 6 at the Agency for Economic Prosperity in Groveland.


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