Education is billed as a key strategy to changing lives .
Thousands of students will be heading to school this month, and hopefully they’ll be inspired to make the most of their educational and extracurricular opportunities.
Classes start Aug. 10 for those in Lake and Sumter counties public schools; Aug. 14 is the first school day at Lake Technical College; and Aug. 22 marks the start of classes for collegiate students at Lake-Sumter State College and Beacon College.
Dr. Dianne Culpepper, executive director of Lake Technical College, says she is proud of the students who discover education is a key strategy to changing their lives.
“We’ve had students who were living in their cars with their children, and they somehow figure out how to get to school each day to become a nurse or a firefighter,” she says. “They graduate, walk across the stage, and they’re crying. They’ve changed their lives in less than a year.”
Lake Tech has 28 different programs, and for more than 50 years, the Eustis-based college has provided training geared around local workforce needs.
“Being a public school, our tuition is very affordable. Students can come in, get training quick, graduate without any loans, and to me, that is the exciting part,” she says.
Lake Tech has also joined with Lake-Sumter State College on several programs, and that’s a win-win for students who aspire to gain more education and skills.
“As we look to the new academic year, we remain committed to increasing access to LSSC programs to the local community,” adds Kevin Yurasek, director of marketing and college relations at Lake-Sumter State College. “We are continuing to work with Lake Technical College and the local school districts to develop additional pathways from their certifications to our credit programs. We continue to maintain and seek new industry partnerships to support our programs, but also to provide our students with a top-notch education in real-world settings.”
He expects 4,750 students this semester.
Beacon College, the first accredited institution of higher learning in the United States to offer four-year degrees to students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and ADHD, is in downtown Leesburg.
Students come from all over the world to live and study here.
Beacon will welcome 360 students this month and is preparing for 500 soon, says Darryl E. Owens, director of communications at the college.
It’s remarkable to see how this area has schools and educators devoted to enriching students’ lives. Kudos to all of you.