Lake-Sumter Community College

Sumter Workforce Partnership For Innovation and Education

The Sumter County Partnership for Workforce Innovation and Education addresses workforce training needs and economic development in Sumter County.  This innovative partnership brings together public and private sectors in support of critical workforce development to link employable Sumter County residents to training and education opportunities that are vital to meeting the employment needs of the county.  Prospective students and businesses interested in working with the Sumter County Partnership for Workforce Innovation and Education, please contact:

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  • The District School Board of Sumter County (SSB)
  • The Board of County Commissioners of Sumter County (County)
  • Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO)
  • Central Florida Health Alliance - The Villages Regional Hospital (CFHA)
  • The Villages Charters School District (VCS)
  • The University of South Florida (USF)
  • The University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Combat Veterans to Careers, INC. (Combat Veterans)
  • Career Source Central Florida (Formerly Workforce Central Florida)
  • The District Board of Trustee of Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC)
  •  Florida High Tech Corridor


Training and Programs

  • 911 Dispatch Telecommunications
    A 232-hour program leads to an industry certification as a dispatcher in the Public Safety areas of health, law enforcement, and fire.  This training is offered in partnership with Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Rural Metro EMS and Sumter County Fire Department.
  •  Public Health
    A 2+2 program between LSSC and the University of South Florida (USF).  LSSC will offer three introductory Public Health Courses as part of an Associate in Arts degree that will be transferable into the USF’s College of Public Health. Classes will be offered at LSSC’s Sumter Campus in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014. Plans are being made to also incorporate public health coursework into Sumter County high school academies to form a 2+2+2 career ladder.
  • Allied Health
    Beginning in the fall, LSSC is offering Phlebotomy at the Professional Development Center in Wildwood. The 20-hour training program leads to a nationally recognized certification. Healthcare Informatics Certificate classes will be offered at LSSC Sumter Campus and some courses offered online. 
  • Turf Equipment and Golf Course Maintenance
    Training will initially be non-credit and may lead to one or more industry certifications.  Program specifics and location are still being developed. 
  • Electrical Distribution (Utility Line Worker)
    Electrical Distribution Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers as line workers in the electric utility industry.  The Basic Technical Certificate (26 credit hours) and the Advanced Technical Certificate (24 credit hours) are offered at LSSC’s Sumter Campus. Successful completion of these credits can be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Distribution Technology.


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