Friday Update 8/22/14

In the Weeks Ahead at Lake Technical College

  • Sumter County’s Economic Development Coordinator to Tour Welding Program, August 27
  • Labor Day is September 1 – No School
  • Fall Advisory Committee Reception/Meetings, September 25, 6 pm
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, October 2, 10 am

Academic Affairs

Business Management & Administration

Accounting Operations
Administrative Office Specialist

After what seemed a very short summer, we opened our Accounting Operations and Administrative Office Specialist classroom door to a full class of both new and returning students. We also welcomed Ms. Ryan Barousse to our support team.  Ms. Barousee is a senior at the University of Central Florida.  She will be a major part of our class. Much of the week was spent orientating our students to how our programs and Lake Tech function. We also got to know each other by pairing up and creating videos to introduce ourselves. On Friday, we had friendly a quiz to see who knew each other the best.

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During the summer many of our students had exciting employment opportunities. For example, Karen Horton gained valuable office experience at the Lake County Government office.  Karen shared her experiences with the class and answered several questions.

Our students also participated in the “Minute to Win It” games.  Our team consisted of Takezia Colbert, Ana Delgado, Brandi Mullens, Ms. Barousse and Karen Horton. What an outstanding team!  We came in second in our competitions.

One of our most memorable moments of the Minute to Win It occurred when the entire Digital Design class presented each member of our class with the “SPIRIT SPORTSMANSHIP” award.  This was in appreciation for our enthusiastic support of “Digital” in their competitions! Our year is off to an excellent start!

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Health Science

Emergency Medical Technician

On July 10, 2014, 25 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.

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Congratulations to these Lake Technical College EMT Graduates: Jennifer Bitner, William Busker, Edward Cappellano, Tyler Falcon, Moises Flores, Alexa Gerbig, Falisha Gonzalez, Barrett Hand, Amanto Hued, Branden Jones, Ryan Joregensen., Tyler Karcher, Matthew Kierstead, Mitchell LaFleur, James Langlois, Aaron Murphy, Emily Padilla, Mary Pieper, Chase Roddenberry, Kenneth Smithgall, Cody Stapleton, Greggory Todd, Mark Williams, Elizabeth Williams, Brandon Wilson.

Summer Emergency Medical Technician

Saturday, August 16th, was mock trauma day for the EMT students. This day is the high spot of the Trauma module. Students participated in simulated trauma scenarios, assessing, treating, stabilizing and moving “patients” involved in anything from falls, vehicle accidents, industrial incidents, to altercations. At the end of the day student teams were formed and the teams competed in timed events such as splinting, patient packaging, and bandaging.

Practical Nursing

The Day Practical Nursing students have been in class since July. They have already completed a variety of competencies that they will put in practice when they begin their clinical rotations. They are also sporting some great looking new uniforms. This week, students practiced taking blood pressures, assisting patients with daily tasks which including tooth brushing and shaving!

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Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting students all chose a word that will motivate them to succeed during the year. They were very motivated during Minute to Win It and made it all the way to the finals!

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Law and Public Safety

The Day Law Enforcement recruits have completed week four of the Academy and are progressing as well as expected.  Day Corrections recruits have completed week two and they too are progressing well. Night Law Enforcement will begin Monday evening.  We have a large Night Law group and we are looking forward to getting them started. The Law, Corrections and Fire Fighting students played Minute to Win It on Thursday and Day Law won!

Manufacturing
The first course to be offered as we begin developing the Center for Advanced Manufacturing is CNC Specialist will starts October 6. Instructor Ed Nichols has been working on the development of the lesson plans for this 240 hour course. We have also had the opportunity to purchase set-up and inspection equipment and cutting tools.

Transportation & Logistics
Auto Collision
The Auto Collision students are off to a good start. The new students have started working in the shop after completing the required safety tests. The advanced students are starting their final courses before completion and placement and Sonya Rosenglick has begun working with them on their resumes.

The Auto Collision program has started to take estimates and schedule vehicles for live work. In addition, the Collision Foundation donated 17,000 lbs. of sandpaper to assist the program with supplies!

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Auto Service Technology
The Auto Service Technology students had a great first week with lots of new faces this year!

Adult Education

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL started the year off with a bang with over 50 students representing 14 countries beginning English class this week. We are looking forward to a great year!

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Lake Tech has partnered with Goodwill to offer GED classes in their new facilities in Leesburg and Clermont. Classes are filling up fast.

Student Affairs

The new 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.

Dr. Sherie Lindamood will serve as the Student Success Counselor this year. Please invite her to speak to your classes about stress management, study skills, and test taking strategies. She will be spending Tuesdays at the Institute of Public Safety to students on that campus will have the opportunity to utilize her services.

Minute to Win Back by Popular Demand

Golf balls, noodles, and toilet paper, oh my! What an exciting start to the 2014-15 school year! This week, students from each program went head-to-head in a “Minute to Win It” style competition. Every day, students gathered together to cheer on their classmates as they completed multiple sixty second challenges. In the end, the Diesel Program came out on top when they sealed the win with a 3-2 victory over the Medical Assisting Program. Congratulations Diesel!  They’ve earned the coveted M2W clock and bragging rights for the school year.

This year, Lake Tech’s IPS campus also joined in the fun. On Thursday, the show went “on the road,” as the students at IPS accepted the M2W challenge. Fire Fighting, Law Enforcement, and Corrections battled it out in ten sixty second challenges. It was a tight competition, but Law Enforcement took over the lead for the win against the Fire Fighters with a 3-2 victory. Terrific job!

Lake Tech would like to thank all of our wonderful students and instructors for participating with such great sportsmanship and school spirit! Also, a huge thank you to Mr. Carlos Reyes, Department Chair of Health Science Education, for being the ever candid and witty host of the show. Likewise, much appreciation to Mark Prescott, LTC’s Maintenance Mechanic, for capturing all of the fun on film.

Pictures have been posted on Facebook and a separate slide slow and video will be posted as soon as they are finished. Meanwhile, enjoy a few from the finals!

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In the Community

Diane Culpepper and Ed Nichols attended Lake County’s Manufacturing Roundtable meeting which was held at Cutrale Citrus Juices USA in Leesburg on August 21.

Kim Frazier and Diane Culpepper will attend the Tavares Chamber Meeting on August 27 at noon.

Lake Tech will participate in the first annual Lake County Business Expo held at Lake Receptions on September 17. This event is sponsored by the Mt. Dora and Tavares Chambers of Commerce. The exposition booths will be open from 2 – 5 pm.

Kim Frazier and James Brucker will participate in the College and Career Night at Leesburg High School on September 30.

Sherie Lindamood will be working the Clermont Goodwill Job Fair on October 2.

Lake Tech will participate in the Lake Sumter State College Fair on October 6.

Technology

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Email Etiquette by Sonya

1. Be concise and to the point.
Do not make an e-mail longer than it needs to be. Remember that reading an e-mail is harder than reading printed communications and a long e-mail can be very discouraging to read. With more users checking email on their mobile phones, an email that’s too long will likely never get read—it will just get ignored. Instead, try: Limiting email length to five brief sentences, max. When more detail is necessary, use attachments.

2. Answer all questions and pre-empt further questions.

An email reply must answer all questions, while pre-empting further questions – If you do not answer all the questions in the original email, you will receive further emails regarding the unanswered questions, which will not only waste your time and the other person’s time but also cause considerable frustration. Moreover, if you are able to pre-empt relevant questions, people will be grateful and impressed with your efficient and thoughtful responses.

3. Use appropriate spacing and emphasis

Since reading from a screen is more difficult than reading from paper, the structure and layout is very important. Use short paragraphs and blank lines between each paragraph. When making points, number them or mark each point as separate to keep the overview. Remember that if you use the editing features available in your email program they might not show up in all of your recipients’ programs so don’t rely on colors, bold, italics, etc. for emphasis.

4. Use the high priority option only for real high priority messages.

The high priority option will lose its function when you really need it if it is over-used. Moreover, even if a mail has high priority, your message could come across as aggressive if you flag it as ‘high priority’. Use this sparingly.

5. Using all CAPs Is called shouting.
IF YOU WRITE IN CAPITALS IT SEEMS AS IF YOU ARE SHOUTING. At the very most, capitals can be used to emphasize one word, but more than that is inappropriate.

 6. Include the message thread.
When you reply to an email, you should include the original mail in your reply, in other words click ‘Reply’, instead of ‘New Mail’. Your email program probably also has an option of including the original message (if needed, you might ask your local tech support to set this for you). Using this option makes things much easier for the reader, especially if you include a new recipient (CC) on a reply. The recipient(s) will be able to follow the discussion much more efficiently.

7. Read the email before you send it.
A lot of people don’t bother to read an email before they send it out, as can be seen from the many spelling and grammar mistakes contained in emails. Apart from this, reading your email through the eyes of the recipient will help you send a more effective message and avoid misunderstandings. Before pressing send, think about how the message will “feel” for your recipient – it is never recommended to make jokes or use sarcasm. It’s very easy for email messages to be misinterpreted because of incorrect tone.

8. Use Bcc if sending to a mailing list.
When sending a message to a large number of people, some people place all the email addresses in the To: field. There are two drawbacks to doing this practice:

(1) the recipient knows that you have sent the same message to a large number of recipients, and

(2) you are sharing and publicizing someone else’s email address without their permission.

Place all addresses in the Bcc: field

9. Utilize good grammar and spelling.
This is important because improper spelling, grammar and punctuation gives a bad impression. It is also important because sometimes emails without proper punctuation have a different meaning.

10. Take care with abbreviations and emoticons.
In formal emails, try not to use abbreviations such as BTW (by the way) and LOL (laugh out loud). The recipient might not be aware of the meaning of the abbreviations and these are generally not appropriate in formal communication. The same goes for emoticons, such as the ‘smiley’. If you are not sure whether your recipient knows what it means, it is better not to use it.

11. Using clear and specific subject lines.
Generic subject lines like “Hey” or “Meeting” or “Question” require recipients to open the email to see what it’s about and makes it harder to search for relevant emails later on.

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