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Lake Tech awards county library services with ‘Business and Industry Partner of the Year’

Peter Benyola

The Lake County Library System (LCLS) has been named the Lake Technical Center Adult Education “2012-2013 Business and Industry Partner of the Year.”

On Tuesday, June 18, at Lake Tech’s graduation ceremony in Mount Dora, LCLS was recognized for supporting Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes by playing a vital role in improving the employability prospects of those who are under-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed in Lake County.

“The Lake County Library System is honored to have received the Business and Industry Partnership Award from Lake Technical Center,” said Paul Alford, manager of the Lake County Library Services Division. “Our partnership, going back a dozen years, provides learning opportunities for Lake County citizens in their local communities. We look forward to the prospect of not just maintaining this partnership but expanding it to help provide critical services and opportunities to improve individual lives, local communities and Lake County as a whole.”

Lake Tech led classes at the local libraries so students could attend classes in their communities. In addition to providing space, the library system partnered with Lake Tech to provide tutors for students. Many students improved their academic skills in order to take and pass the GED test while others learned English as a second language.

“Thanks to this partnership program, student attendance and retention improved along with the academic success,” said Will Zulueta, department chair of Adult Education at Lake Technical Center.