Friday Update 4/29/16

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  • State SkillsUSA Competition – A Good Time Was Had by ALL!

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  • National Look Alike Day Competition, May 20
  • National Adult Education Honor Society, May 24, 3 pm in EMS Building
  • National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony, May 25, 2 pm at IPS

Academic Affairs


Introduction to Construction – A new course will be offered this fall called Introduction to Construction. This 100-hour course will provide students the opportunity to earn their OSHA certification along with construction industry basics in order to be employable in the field. Local contractors and construction company owners developed a competency list of skills and knowledge entry level workers need to have to be successful on the job.

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Administrative Office Specialist – The Administrative Office Specialist students celebrated Administrative Professionals Day on April 26 by providing brunch and gifts for the Lake Tech administrative professionals. The Lake Tech employees had the opportunity to share what they liked about working in this field and any challenges they may encounter in the workplace.

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Practical Nursing – On Saturday April 23rd, students from the part-time and full-time Practical Nursing classes had a chance to assist with sports physicals with a local orthopedic group at the Villages High School. There was learning and fun that day.

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Ems Programs – A big thank you to the Paramedic students Emily Fisher and Neilia Rilley and EMT student Phil Faro for their help with the 2016 Partners for Success gathering held at Lake Receptions on April 19, 2016.

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Medical Assisting – Candace Perkins won Gold and Chio Miramontes won silver at the state competition for SkillsUSA.

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A Cybersecurity program will be added in August so students can add advanced security skills learned in CSIT. Cybersecurity is an in-demand career field.


Law Enforcement Academy / Correctional Officer / Law Enforcement Academy Day Class – With about approximately half of the recruits’ LEO classes under their belts, the instructors took their time to line up field trips to downtown Tavares where they were allowed the chance to view two main aspects of Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office that work hand-in-hand with patrolling: corrections and dispatch. The unique type of insight that was given to the recruits concluded on Thursday with a trip to the range where they met with members of Orange County and Astatula’s K-9 Unit. Officer Hughes, who is actually one of the recruits’ father, introduced the topic of house searches which was followed by the class simulating their own. If anything, this week gave the recruits plenty to learn from having such interactive and memorable experiences.

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Over the weekend, the recruits helped out the Leesburg Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office in providing traffic assistance with the Leesburg Bike fest. The recruits worked in shifts throughout the weekend assisting pedestrians cross several intersections.

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Correctional Officer – The class finished all their classroom work with the last chapter on facility emergencies. The class now starts working on their high liabilities blocks of instruction starting with firearms. The recruits are relieved that the majority of the book work is complete and are ready to get out to the range.

Law Enforcement Academy Evening Class – Graduation was held on April 27 for the evening class of Law Enforcement recruits.

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Auto Service Technology – Students finished the installation of the 6″ lift kit on the GM truck and they were impressed with the final product and all the knowledge they’ve gained in the process. Our new students have been learning all about small engine operation, diagnosing and disassembly and how it all goes hand-in-hand with automotive engines.

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Diesel Technology – Congrats to Mr. Ron Francis! His name was selected from the drawing for the lamp made in the Diesel Technology program.  All proceeds will go to SkillsUSA for the national competition.

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Adult Basic Education and GED Prep – We were geared up and excited for the career fair on Tuesday, May 3rd. Many of the students were  buddied-up and given a job search assignment wherein they have to approach, communicate, ask questions, hand in a resume, and obtain a business card from two business representatives at the fair. As a large group, the students reviewed a video about preparing for a job fair. Video links submitted by Ms. Sonya Rosenglick were a great help in generating class discussion.

Mrs. Girard’s “Preparing for a Career” blog (, provided information for students to work on planning steps toward their career.  They watched the video and PowerPoint lesson on “Career vs. Job” and could comment on the information they learned.

In reading classes, one day a  week is designated for real-life-reading applications. This week, students created resumes and cover letters as well as engaged in the SkillsTutorTM Career Pathways lessons and videos regarding searching for jobs, interviewing skills, employee-employer relationships, and preparing yourself for a career instead of just a job.

Technology skills were greatly expanded as students downloaded, saved, transferred to flash drives, edited, and printed their documents. It was great to see the techno-savvy students assist their peers- as well as to see the smiles of empowerment upon faces of students who never thought they’d be able to make a resume…or have enough to put down worth making a resume!

To celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day, Mrs. Netherton gave a demonstration on how to properly prune a tree.  One of the trees planted a few years ago in the courtyard as a memorial for the wife of Joe Baxter, a current member of the Lake Tech Charter Board, was in need of care. Mrs. Jennifer Trotter, their daughter, pointed out that it was looking quite overgrown, so this provided a learning opportunity for our students.  Discussion ensued about proper tools (and keeping them sharpened), proper pruning procedures, tree growth habits, the importance of trees for our world, and the process of photosynthesis.  Check out the new look in the courtyard. How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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Student Affairs

Career Fair – May 3, 9– 11 am – The 4th Annual Lake Technical College Career Fair was a big success. Sonya Rosenglick outdid herself working with local businesses. Samantha Hayes, the secretary from the Institute of Public Safety, assisted Sonya in this project. Over 38 companies participated. Many of the participants commented on how prepared the students were. CareerSource offered workshops on job searching, planning for an interview, and what not to say in an interview. Several students received job offers.

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A special thanks to the following local employers who attended.

Ratner Companies-HaircutteryMelissa CampHair Salon
Lake County Sheriff’s OfficeShea AldrichGovernment/ Law Enforcement
Bella Toscana SpaCheryl Sweat or Donna WilsonSpa
Lake-Sumter State CollegeBetty DowneyCollege
Insight Credit UnionTricia GuidoBanking
WDW Swan and Dolphin ResortIleana RinconHospitality
Interim HealthcareShelby Contini and Janice McNeilHome Health Agency
Superior ResidencesCasey PolkAssisted Living
Right at HomeChandra AikenHome Health Agency
Home Companions Home HealthKellie KeithLicensed Home Health Care
Massey Services, Inc.Al Feliciano/Darrell BowensPest Management
Central Florida Health AllianceMicaela SprovieriHospital
ResCare HomeCareGreg ChurchHome Health Agency
Cals barber and beauty salonNan pikeSalon
All Coast Therapy & Home HealthRose Murgidi, Gina McCandlessHome Health
CareerSource Central FloridaDonna AndrewsCareer Services
Lake Sumter State CollegeNancy MuenzmayBusiness Resources and Workforce Development
Goodwill IndustriesTheresa ElliottJob Connection Center
Town of Lady LakeTamika DeLeeLocal Government
Randstad StaffingChris DunawayStaffing
Labor ReadyTeri ConradTemporary Staffing
Mack ConcreteTom HolmesPrecast concrete/construction
Spherion Staffing ServicesKatie MobergStaffing firm
Compass HRMLaurie ZakHuman Resources
WalgreensJarrod ErdmanRetail Pharmacy
Lakeview Terrace Retirement CommunityTammi FrisbieCCRC
Gerber Collision & GlassBruce HartleyAuto Body
Avante’ at Mount DoraAshley AdamsSkilled Nursing Facility
South Lake HospitalKelly ChristyHospital/Healthcare
Amazing Senior Home CareMachelleHome care
Jenkins Auto GroupGeorge BarlowAutomotive Repair
Community Health Centers Inc.Esmeralda BatizHealthcare
Wells Fargo BankMike HalloBanking
Primary Care Access Network/Lake Cares Food PantryNancy BennettMarketplace Health Insurance Navigator

National Technical Honor Society – The NTHS Induction Ceremony will be held on May 25 at 2 pm in Room 302 at the Institute of Public Safety campus.

Career Success Center Room 208A – 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.

Remaining Workshops Scheduled for Spring 2016:

  • Monday, May 9, 2:45-4:00 pm, Job Interview Skills Workshop
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2:45-4:00 pm, Professional Skills in the Workplace

Please sign up by contacting Ms. Rosenglick via phone or email, (352) 589-2250, ext. 1855 or

Office of Student Success – If you would like to schedule a study skills, test taking, or stress management workshop for your students any time during the semester, contact Dr. Lindamood. Or, you might like to invite Dr. Lindamood to make a brief appearance in your classroom to introduce herself to your students and explain her role as Student Success Counselor.  She can assist your students with anything that may compromise their success: academic challenges, personal problems, and/or financial issues. Dr. Lindamood is a great resource for instructors and students.


The Lake Tech Walking Club (LTWC) meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 4 pm. The group will be participating in the Inaugural Twilight 5K in Downtown Mt. Dora on May 5th at 7 pmopens in a new window.  If you are interested in walking with the group or participating in the Twighlight 5K, contact Lilliana at ext. 1820.

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Career Advisor Russell Darst was cast in the production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Bay Street Playhouse. Fifteen Lake Tech employees attended the final production on May 1. Russell, you sure have some moves!

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Sharing Our Story…

  • The monthly South Lake Chamber Technology Committee will be meeting at Steamroller Studios in Eustis. This company is owned by a Lake Tech graduate. Check out their website at Melissa Stephan, Aramis Martinez, and Tom Netherton will be attending this meeting and taking the tour.
  • Kim Frazier will represent Lake Tech at the Umatilla Middle and High School Career Fairs, May 13 and May 20, sponsored by the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce.
  • In the News…The South Lake Tabletopens in a new window, an online newspaper, ran the story about Chelsea from Auto Collision who won the WIN scholarship.
  • Why Do We Give Tours….

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Tech Tip

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