Friday Update 6/8/12

Graduation Time is Near!

State of Florida High School Diploma Graduation Ceremony for recipients of the State of Florida High School Diploma – June 19 at 7 pm, Guest Speaker, Lt. Chris DeLibro

Career and Technical Graduation – June 21, 7 pm, Guest Speaker, Chancellor Rod Duckworth, Florida Department of Education Career and Adult Education

Academic Affairs

Business Management & Administration
We’ve been extremely busy in the Administrative Assistant/Accounting Operations programs. We have a graduating class of 15 this year! All but one of this year’s graduates have already completed the program and are working or job searching.

Bookkeepers do it by the number…..

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Lake Tech is currently registering students for Fast Track Director Credential and Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Renewal courses. The Director Credential course will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Two Saturday classes will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 21 and 28. Tuition for the course is $235.00.

Also offered is a 45-hour online CDA Renewal Course. The course begins July 10 and runs through August 14. Tuition for the course is $235.00. Internet access is required for this class.

Health Science
The Practical Nursing Dual Enrollment Program graduated six students on Saturday June 1st at East Ridge High School. The award for Academic Achievement was given to Derek Lewis and the award for Clinical Excellence was given to Ashley Boyle. All of these students worked very hard to achieve this wonderful goal and all will be attending college in the fall. Congratulations to: Ashley Boyle, Kaleem Francis, Michelle Farrell, Derek Lewis, Kaylyn Moody and Jarah Schultz for a job well done!

A summer EMT program will be offered beginning June 18 to serve a need in Sumter County. The class is open to anyone who is interested. Thanks to Layne Hendrickson and Melissa Stephen for making the arrangements so quickly.

Beth Thornton held an information session on June 5 for the fall Medical Assisting class. It was very well attended and she feels the session was helpful in sharing information with students prior to registration.

Hospitality & Tourism
The Iron Chef Competition is over and the judges feel like they gained at least 10 pounds each! Team Southern Comfort was the big winner. The Lake Tech Chefs have to be so proud as the meals were all outstanding. Pictures tell all!


Human Services
The Cosmetology students had a great time at the 2012 Premiere Beauty Show! There were two full days packed with educational seminars. The students returned sharing tons of information and techniques with each other. One of the greatest lessons learned by several of our students was: “In order to succeed at something, you must practice until you can’t get it wrong.” So they have been practicing and working hard this week! We have included some pictures from the show.

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Law, Public Safety & Security
Lake Tech
has been approved as an articulation partner with St. Petersburg College for the Law Enforcement and Corrections programs. Students completing our LE program are eligible for 30 hours of credit towards their A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Students who complete the Corrections program are eligible for 12 hours of credit towards this degree. The A.S. degree is offered online so students will not have to leave the area to complete their degree.

Do you want to learn to protect property and people? If so, then enroll in the first-ever Lake Tech Institute of Public Safety Private Security Officer, Class “D” class. The new 40 hour class will be offered July 16th – July 20, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The tuition is $199, plus books and fees.

According to State of Florida regulations, applicants for Class “D licensed security personnel must receive 40 hours of training from a program that meets the State requirements for Class “D” Unarmed Security Officer as outlined in Florida Administrative Code 5N-1.140. A Class “D” license must be held by the individual prior to obtaining a Class “G” license. For additional information, contact Lt. Chris Delibro, at 352-742-6463.

The Corrections Academy is quickly coming to a close; graduation is next Tuesday the 12th at 6 pm and all are invited. Friday was pepper spray day for the Correction Recruits. The Recruits always seem to learn something new about themselves on this day.

Adult Education
The first ever Lake Tech Day for Adult Education Instructors will be Tuesday, June 12. This day kicks off a three day Career Pathways Boot Camp being conducted for both on campus and off campus adult education instructors. On Tuesday, eight instructors will be program shadowing in some of our CTE programs; learning more about what is offered at Lake Tech.

Kerrie Johnson has agreed to hold a mini-open house for the instructors to learn more about Digital Design. Elise Veremakis, Ron Williams, and Chris DeLibro will speak to the group about their programs and the barriers to entering careers in their cluster. Thank you instructors for participating and making this a day to remember!

Another day, another LCP. That’s what we say around here. Students have been post-testing and making significant progress. These scores empower them to enter programs, finish programs, and demonstrate the hard work they have invested in themselves this year. Also, many of our GED students are sitting for the test this month with the plan of enrolling in CTE in the fall. GED…it’s just the beginning!

Last but not least, did you know we are having our first ever summer term in Adult Ed? That’s right. The term begins July 2 and will end August 9. We are offering online GED, ABE, and AAAE classes and face-to-face GED, ABE, and AAAE classes in our main campus GED classroom. The classes will run Monday-Thursday, 9am-noon. Tell a friend!


The new fall schedule will arrive on Monday and will be distributed to the Chambers and libraries starting Wednesday. Think about where you could distribute a few. Special thanks to Betty Jones, Melissa Stephan, and Debbie Zaharis for working so hard on this project.

A full color, two- sided flyer will be mailed to 73,000 households before the end of the month. The flyer will also be inserted in the Lake Eustis Chamber July newsletter. Also, Debbie Zaharis designed a postcard that will be mailed to 2010-11 and 2011-12 graduates. The mailing will take place the week of June 18. Finally, Trudy Dailey will be sending out press releases to the newspapers to promote graduation, new classes, and the fall term.

642 people “Like” us on Facebook! Remind your friends, families and students to become friends with Lake Tech. We want 700 before graduation….


Lake Tech will hold its first ever “Summer Tech Camp” on July 17 and 18. The camp, led by “counselors” Sonya Rosenglick and DeAnna Thomas, will be designed to showcase some old and new technology and provide time to practice using it. We have even heard there will be camp T-shirts! More information will follow, but mark your calendars now.

In the Community

Diane Culpepper attended “A Year in Review” presented by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Office of Economic Development and Tourism held in Eustis on June 7. Betty Jones will attend the event this week in Leesburg and then Diane will attend the Clermont presentation.

On June 12, Lake Tech has been invited to participate in the United Way Community Forum to discuss the education needs of our community.

On June 13, Diane Culpepper will participate in a half hour radio show on WLBE 790 AM sharing all the exciting information about new (and current) classes being offered at Lake Tech.

The United Way Board meeting will also take place on June 13. We are anxiously awaiting news of our grant application that was submitted earlier in the spring.

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