Friday Update 2/24/17


  • PowerTech Presentation to Lake Tech, February 27, 2:45 pm
  • Construction Commencement Ceremony, February 28, 2 pm
  • Student of the Month Lunch, March 1
  • Charter Board of Directors Meeting, March 6, 4:30 pm
  • Counselor in the Classroom, March 9, 9 am
  • Spring Break, March 13-17
  • Partners for Success, March 28, 5-7 pm, LSSC


Weekly Progress in Pictures

Manufacturing Facts: Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth over the past couple decades, making them more “lean” and helping them become more competitive globally. Output per hour for all workers in the manufacturing sector has increased by more than 2.5 times since 1987. In contrast, productivity is roughly 1.7 times greater for all non-farm businesses. Note that durable goods manufacturers have seen even greater growth, almost tripling its labor productivity over that time frame.
PowerTech Generators, located in Leesburg, FL is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of mobile diesel generators. These generators are distributed worldwide and the company is poised for even more growth in the near future. Recently, they donated five diesel engines valued at more than $100,000 to the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Diesel Technology program. The donation will allow students to train on these specialized machines at little to no cost to the school.


Accounting Operations / Administrative Office Specialist – 
The Accounting Operations and Administrative Office Specialist students attended a presentation by Ms. Gibbons from Compass HRM. Ms. Gibbons’ presentation was titled “How to Keep Your Job.” She also discussed ways of getting a promotion and appropriate business behaviors.

Sonya Rosenglick, our Career and Technology Specialist, presented information on the important topic of electronic portfolios, which included information to our students on the steps to set up an electronic portfolio and LinkedIn. Ashok Rejagopal, also gave a wonderful presentation this week on Financial Statements in Accounting.

The Accounting Operations and Administrative Office Specialist students are in full swing of VITA. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Lake Tech is a free tax preparation service run by volunteers offered to families throughout Lake and Sumter counties. VITA offers free tax help to those who make $54,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing. Please call the Accounting Operations classroom to set an appointment to have our volunteers assist you with your taxes, 352-589-2250 ext. 1826.

EMS Programs – Congratulations!!! On February 13, 2017, 12 EMT students graduated the EMT program. The graduation was well attended by family and friends of the students. Special thanks to Mrs. Melissa Stephan for validating the Certificates of Completions.

Practical Nursing – NCLEX Review, Instructor Chuck Srock provided an NCLEX review on February 27th to recent graduates from the Practical Nursing program. The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the United States.

Recent graduates from the Practical Nursing program enrolled in an IV Therapy Class offered by Lake Tech. This class provides additional skills to the students as they prepare to begin their careers!

Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts – Emma Hoffman learned how to create a molecular gastronomy showpiece which was served inside an ice cave carving.

Christina Keith practiced her bake goods skills prior to going to the SkillsUSA competition. The practice paid off – she won GOLD!

Fire Fighting – Advanced Specialized Classes

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing – Students Matt Norris and Marcus Floresmeraz put their auto body painting skills to use as they were instrumental in laying out and painting parts of the GeorgeFest parade float.

The Adult Basic Education students have been busy making plans for the future by completing interest assessments on My Career Shines; exploring careers; and setting one-, five-, and 10-year goals.

Reading students ventured into the history and uses of catapults. Mr. England, our Adult Education volunteer, gave an overview of historical uses of the catapult as a ballistic projectile, effective in its time of warfare, as well as the intricate design of DaVinci. Students created their own catapults and tested them with pompoms and almonds. Comparisons of design and technique in releasing catapults was linked to potential and kinetic energy. Students have enjoyed seeing their experiments posted in the online management system Schoology as videos and images. As a follow up, students used an interactive website to create their own roller coasters choosing from varying angles of height plunges and loop da loops. If they got their cars through the ride without crashing, they won! If they crashed, it was back to the drawing board to create a new coaster model.

Many students have completed their reading, math, and language TABE requirements already this term and are off to complete their other TABE subjects and/or start GED® prep! A big woohoo to our student in HVAC, who has successfully taken and passed his first two GED® tests! We have also had many students take the GED® test and get their state of Florida high school diploma and are now in their career programs. Several have gone to the Computer Systems & Information Technology program, one to Pharmacy Tech, one to Diesel, and one who is just about finished with the Certified Nursing Assistant program. Congratulations to all!


SkillsUSA – Regional Competition – Lake Tech students bring home lots of medals from the regional SkillsUSA competitive events. Congratulations to all of the students who competed and to their instructors.

Culinary Arts – Christina Keith- Baking- Gold; Thomas Nash – Hot Foods – Gold
Medical Assisting – Stephanie Spoon- CPR/First Aid- Gold; Cassandra Labour- CPR/First Aid- Silver; Francisco Murillo- Medical Assisting- Silver; Becky Rodriguez – Medical Assisting- Bronze; Stephanie Ruiz-Perez – Job Interviewing – Bronze
Pharmacy Tech – Hailey Hadden- Medical Math- Gold; Eldresah Hughes – Prepared Speech – Gold
Admin. Office Specialist – Lynnette Gibbs- Customer Service- Silver; Jacqueline Villegas- Customer Service- Bronze; John Keith – Extemporaneous Speaking – Silver
HVAC – Kareem Rahim- HVAC secondary- Gold; Christopher Herring- HVAC secondary- Silver
Diesel – James Cefalo- Diesel secondary- Gold; Hayden Niblack- Diesel Post-Secondary- Silver
Cosmetology – Michelle Evey – Cosmetology postsecondary – Silver; Kelli Meoak – Cosmetology postsecondary – Bronze; Alyssa Deshenes – Cosmetology secondary – Gold; Taylor Hatcher – Cosmetology secondary – Silver
Nail Care – Brianna Rose – Nail Care postsecondary – Bronze, model Caitlin Hartog
Facials – Rodrianna Stevenson – Facials postsecondary – Gold, model Ashleigh Rowe; Amy Dunkel – Facials postsecondary – Bronze, model Kourtney Archer; Whitney Blanchett – Facials secondary – Gold, model Makenna Fross; Kailie Barnett – Facials secondary – Bronze, model Lushonda Langley

Career TechXpo – On Thursday, February 23 from 5 – 7 pm, students from all of the Lake County high schools, private schools, and the general community were invited to Lake Tech’s Second Annual Career TechXpo. Everyone had the opportunity to see students and instructors in action. The theme for this event was “Choose Lake Tech First” to learn job skills, earn articulated college credit, and to be prepared for a career!

GeorgeFest Parade – The 115th GeorgeFest Parade was held on Saturday through downtown Eustis. Lake Tech students and instructors worked for weeks utilizing their skills and preparing the float. Auto Collision students painted a beautiful USA flag, Culinary students carved a heart ice sculpture, AC students made a copper heart with the letters LTC, and the results were stellar!

Graduation Regalia – It may seem like graduation is several months away, but it will be here before you know it! Two graduation ceremonies will be held this year on June 13 at Lake Sumter State College. At 10 am, students who have earned their Florida High School diploma will received their recognition. At 2 pm, students earning their career certificates will walk across the state.

Let your students know that they can pick up the graduation regalia form in the kiosk this year to make it easier for students to complete their order.


Workforce Taskforce Quarterly Meeting – Diane Culpepper attended the new board celebration for the Orlando Economic Development Commission on February 22. The new board members representing Lake County include Commission Sean Parks, Phil Braun from the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Dr. Kesselring from Montverde Academy, and Diane Kornegay, our new Superintendent. The event was held at the Orlando Science Center.

Art Seidner will represent Lake Tech at the Lake County School’s Family University Team Day on Saturday, March 25 at Leesburg High School. This event will provide families with information on services and resources in Lake County including educational opportunities.


This newly formed Staff Alumni Association has plans to raise $50,000 for 50 student scholarships during this 50th Anniversary Year Celebration. If you are interested in donating (you don’t have to be an alumni), please make your check payable to Lake Technical College and give the check to Lana. All donations are tax deductible and support students 100 percent!


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