Lake-Sumter Community College

Report to the Community



Year in Review

January 2017

Lake-Sumter State College partners with Lake Technical College to offer Practical Nursing (LPN) certifications at LSSC’s Sumter Center. The LPN program allows students who have previously received their Nursing Assistant Articulated (CNA) certification from Sumter County Schools to articulate that credit to Lake Tech. Upon completion of the certificate, students can choose to extend their education and articulate credit from Lake Tech directly into the Nursing, A.S. degree program at LSSC. This program is just the beginning of creating an integrated pathway for students to gain skills and training necessary for high-demand jobs in Sumter County and across Central Florida.

LSSC welcomed Dr. Heather Bigard as its Vice President of Administrative and Financial Services.

February 2017

Lake-Sumter State College Softball was featured on espnW’s Top 10 Plays of the Week for a walk-off grand slam by Brianna Bennett in last Friday’s game. Thanks to Bennett, LSSC Softball won that game 7-6 against Polk State College.

March 2017

Joseph Cilenti, an LSSC dual enrolled student from South Sumter High School, won top honors at the Regional Science Fair and competed in the State Science & Engineering Fair with his custom-built, 3D printed robotic arm that he programmed to be controlled with the user’s brain waves.

April 2017

Three students from Lake-Sumter State College’s Nursing program were named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Kimberly Ball, Amber Chaney, and Damaris Wells were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from the nation’s strongest STEM programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs. All three students will receive a $3,500 scholarship to cover their education costs.

Twenty-two teams from all twelve high schools in Lake and Sumter Counties participated in the 31st annual ‘Mathlympics’ math competition hosted by Lake-Sumter State College on April 7. Students have 60 minutes to answer 40 math question. Each question is scored individually with teams who answer each question first receiving the most points. The top four teams take home a coveted Mathlympics trophy. This year’s top four teams were Montverde Academy Team A, The Villages High School Team A, East Ridge High School Team A, and South Sumter High School Team B.

LSSC and Duke Energy partnered to #ThankALineworker on National Lineworker Appreciation Day at LSSC’s Sumter Center.  Students from Leesburg High School, South Sumter High School, Wildwood Middle High School and Sumter Career & Adult Education attended to learn about career opportunities in energy distribution. In addition, attendees were able to watch a live line safety demonstration by Duke employees and utility pole climbing by LSSC students.

May 2017

The College hosted its 56th Commencement Ceremonies and honored nearly 450 graduates receive diplomas. Our two ceremonies featured two distinguished speakers:  Harry Sideris, President of Duke Energy Florida, and Charles Broadway, Clermont Chief of Police.

The inaugural class of Engineering Technology, Relay Tech students graduated at this ceremony. Harry Sideris presented three students with job offers from Duke Energy at a reception before the Commencement ceremony.

June 2017

As LSSC and Lake Tech continue to expand their partnership and create pathways for local students, LSSC announced a gift from the J.P. Donnelly Trust to support scholarships for students transferring from Lake Tech to LSSC. A kickoff event was held at Lake Tech, where students were able to apply for the scholarship immediately.

July 2017

The State Board of Education approved LSSC’s proposal for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This RN to BSN program will start enrolling students in August 2018. Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College, Eastern Florida State College and Seminole State College of Florida have worked collaboratively with the University of Central Florida to develop BSN degree programs at each institution. These degrees will be critical to helping address the nursing workforce shortages in the region.

August 2017

On August 14, LSSC celebrated the Grand Opening of the Science-Health Building on the South Lake campus in Clermont. This 51,000 square foot facility offers state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory space. This building is also the hub for the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy.

The first class of 11th graders from the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy enrolled full-time in courses on the South Lake campus.

Abigail Glover, an LSSC student from Eustis, was selected as one of 304 students to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Project. Glover is pursuing her AA degree from LSSC and intends to transfer to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to study mechanical and electrical engineering. Her research interests are space exploration and the Mars Rover.

September 2017

September will be remembered for the impact of Hurricane Irma on our local area and the state of Florida. The Lakehawk community came together in support of one another and others in the area as we all worked through the impacts of Irma. Together, we showed that we truly are #FloridaStrong.

October 2017

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program named LSSC one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States. LSSC submitted an application to be a finalist for the $1 million top prize.  LSSC has been recognized as one of the top community colleges nationally since the Aspen Institute started the prize in 2011.

November 2017

LSSC English Instructor, Amber Karlins, was named Professor of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges. After a year-long competition among faculty from all 28 state colleges in Florida, Amber was chosen at the organization’s annual conference. The competition recognizes faculty for their innovation and ability to align course content with student learning outcomes.

The State Board of Education hosted its monthly meeting on LSSC’s Leesburg Campus and Education Commissioner honored three LSSC students with the Commissioner’s Leadership Award:  Josephine DiRusso, Mark Mootoo, and Jacob Sikkema.

December 2017

The College hosted its 57th Commencement Ceremonies and honored nearly 300 graduates receiving their diplomas. Our ceremony included a Commencement Address by Amber Karlins.