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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Lake Tech, LSSC partner for new workforce education initiative

Lake Technical College (LTC) and Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) have joined forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in Lake and Sumter counties and to all Floridians statewide.

Dr. Diane Culpepper, Executive Director of Lake Technical College, strongly supports this workforce education initiative.

“A skilled workforce will drive the rebuilding of our economy,” she says in a news release. “I am thrilled the Governor and the Florida Department of Education have created this initiative to help spread the word about the value of career and technical education and the importance of postsecondary workforce credentials and industry certifications. Lake Technical College is pleased to be an educational partner in preparing students for their careers in the fastest growing occupations of today and tomorrow.”

“In Lake and Sumter Counties, LSSC and Lake Technical College are already strong partners in preparing students to Get There in today’s increasingly competitive workforce,” adds Dr. Stanley Sidor, President of Lake-Sumter State College. “As we continue to meet the needs of our employers through workforce training and education, stackable credentials and certifications are crucial to our student’s career success, while saving them valuable time and money.”

Career and technical education, often referred to as “CTE”, serves as a critical component in preparing individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Program offerings are organized into 17 career paths and are geared toward middle school, high school, district technical college, and Florida College System students throughout the state.

Get There accelerates student success, preparing them for their future and ensuring a talented workforce,” said Kathy Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida College System. “With 28 state colleges and 48 technical colleges and centers spanning the state, there is a program for everyone. Whether you’ve recently experienced job loss, graduated high school or are simply looking for a career change or opportunity to stack your credentials into a degree – we want to help you Get There.”

At Lake Technical College, students can enroll in an in-demand, high-quality workforce program, move quickly, and gain critical skills needed in central Florida’s essential and emerging industries. Lake Technical College has over 30 Career & Technical Education programs which include:

  • Professional Culinary Arts
  • Accounting Operations
  • CNC Production Specialist
  • Automotive Collision Technology Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician

Through a unique partnership, students who complete programs at Lake Technical College can transfer to Lake-Sumter State College and receive up to 27 credits toward an associate’s degree – including career paths in health care, engineering, law enforcement, and management.

Lake-Sumter State College offers a growing variety of technical certificate, college-credit certificate, associate degree, and bachelor degree programs designed to create pathways into today’s dynamic workforce.

“The wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 are just beginning to be realized across our state’s workforce,” Henry Mack, Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education, says in the release. “This initiative was born from the need to match those seeking reemployment or advancement in the workplace with employers whose products and services either facilitate relief and response to the COVID-19 disruption or are not susceptible to disruption.”

At, Floridians can learn more about CTE and workforce training programs available at state and technical colleges, align their interests with a career path and connect with their local institution to enroll.


 About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers a high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect® partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to UCF. Learn more about LSSC at

About Lake Technical College

Lake Technical College is a public, post-secondary institution that offers high quality training for many promising careers. Visit the website, or call (352) 589-2250 for more information.