Friday Update 3/8/13

Coming Soon…
Spring Advisory Meetings – Instructors Scheduling Now
March 13 – Tavares/Mt. Dora Business Expo
Combat Fire Fighter Challenge – April 13, 2013

Academic Affairs

Arts, AV Technology & Communication
Digital Design 1
students filled an entire white board with types of companies that hire graphic designers! Now they’re on assignment to research actual company names within driving distance of Eustis. It makes their design training come to life!

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Business, Management & Administration
Several of our business students helped to fill the streets of downtown Eustis for the 111th George Washington Festival. The parade, which included a Lake Tech entry, was lots of fun for all.

In the classroom our students are working on a variety of activities including advanced Word functions such as creating forms and mail merges and learning to plan and develop all types of business letters and memos.

Our class continues to support the United Way’s VITA program to help Lake County residents complete their income taxes.

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Health Science
The Home Health Aide and Nursing Assisting students practice some of their skills in preparation for their state certification exams.

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Human Services
The Cosmetology students provided a morning of relaxation for some students from Eustis High School. The high school students were pampered and the Lake Tech students had a chance to practice their new skills.

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Law, Public Safety & Security
Lake Technical Center’s Fire Academy
, in partnership with Lake County and the City of Tavares, proudly announces its fourth annual Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, April 13, 2013. The event is free to the public. Come watch America’s heroes in action! Opening Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., and the competitions immediately following. According to Ron Williams, Lake Tech Fire Academy Director, “The real idea behind the event is to promote the physical fitness of our firefighters and for the public to see what it takes to be firefighter.”

On Saturday, there will be a free Kid’s Firefighter Combat Challenge that targets youths, ages 4 to 11, and is a miniaturized version of its adult counterpart. The Kid’s Challenge runs from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and includes a tunnel, hammer-slide, and fire hose drag. This is an exciting adventure for any child who wants to put on fire gear and squirt a real fire hose!

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The Law Enforcement Recruits have been studying the Legal portion of the curriculum this week and all passed as expected. The Corrections Recruits are in the Communications block of the curriculum.

Adult Education & Career Pathways
After reading a newspaper article about shortages in food for area families in need, the Adult Ed Department collected non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. Volunteers picked up the food on Friday and were very appreciative. Just another way that our students demonstrate their concern for and participation in our community.

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We had another busy week in the GED/AAAE classroom. A big THANKS TO Ms. Veremakis who came and spoke to the students about all the programs in the health field at Lake Tech. The students had lots of interest and lots of great questions! Several of our AAAE students got their needed scores and are back full-time in their CTE programs. After collecting food items for the food bank, we did some statistics (mean, median, mode) using the food item tally sheet. We have a great reading group working with Mrs. Avelli working on fluency, comprehension, and intonation. Also, worked on poetry, vocabulary, skills for GED and TABE success!

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GED…it’s just the beginning!

Student Affairs

Admissions Dean Betty Jones coordinated and organized a day at the Institute of Public Safety for a group of 40 students from Ocoee High School’s Public Service Academy. The students were able to experience a variety of activities in the Fire Fighter, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, and EMT programs. The students were a great group and enjoyed their day at Lake Tech!

Megan Bateman and Russell Darst represented Lake Tech at the STEM event at Eustis Heights Elementary School on Thursday.

Professional Development

Please note the upcoming Adult Education webinars listed below. To register, please visit

Thursday, March 21, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST): Exploring Occupations and Postsecondary Schools Using Florida CHOICES Planner

Thursday, April 18, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST): Professional Tools: A Teacher Management System for Florida CHOICES Planner

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST): Joining the Workforce Using Florida CHOICES Planner

USF’s Online MA Program in CTE & Local Director Certificationopens in a new window
The University of South Florida is accepting applications for the Fall 2013 cohort for their online MA Degree in Career and Technical Education. Check out their website at for information on admission requirements and how to apply.

The MA in CTE is a two-year, 12 course internet-based program with three Saturday meetings in Tampa each year. There are participants from all areas of CTE at the middle school, high school, technical center and community college levels involved. No GRE score is required! You do not have to pursue the MA degree to enroll in the courses required for Local Director of Vocational Education certification.

Contact Edward Fletcher at or 813.974.0029, if you have any questions about the program.

Tech Tip of the Week

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Legislative Issues

The Division of Career and Adult Education’s 2013 Legislative Bill Tracking spreadsheet can be found at The document will be updated regularly throughout session. There are tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet for Tier 1 (Priority), Tier 2 and Tier 3 bills.

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