Tuesday afternoon, March 3rd, 2015, a partnership signing between Lake-Sumter State College, South Lake Hospital, Lake County Schools, Montverde Academy, and University of Central Florida took place on the South Lake Campus of Lake-Sumter State College to establish a Health Sciences Collegiate Academy. According to an official HSCA press release, the four-year program was established to offer Lake County high-school students “…the opportunity to explore careers in the health sciences through hands-on activities and early exposure to college courses. HSCA will prepare incoming 9th grade students from the south Lake County area high schools for early exposure to the college-level STEM courses needed to excel in health science careers. While completing their high school studies, HSCA scholars can earn college credits toward an associate degree at Lake-Sumter State College.”

Guest speakers at the event included Dr. Charles Mojock, President of Lake-Sumter State College; Mr. John Moore, President of South Lake Hospital; Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer for Lake County Schools; Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring, Headmaster of Montverde Academy; and Dr. Michael Frumkin, Dean of College of Health and Public Affairs at University of Central Florida. During his remarks, Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring thanked the MVA staff and faculty who’ve been working with the various private/public entities to bring the HSCA idea to fruition. “Once we saw the quality of the institutions and individuals we’d be working with, we were all on board – the decision to join them was an easy one. Montverde Academy has been thrilled to be part of the fabrication of putting the program together…it’s an awesome opportunity for us, especially as an Academy serving a lot of students in South Lake County.”

As noted in the Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, Montverde.org news feature “MVA Partners with Lake County for Health Sciences Academy,” the HSCA program’s curriculum, “…as set forth in both Lake County School Board’s 2014-2015 Legislative Priorities Workshop Meeting on Monday, September 15th, 2014, as well as their LCS Priorities Meeting on Monday, October 6th, 2014, appealed for adoption of an educational initiative that would serve not only Montverde Academy Upper-school students, but Lake County students school-wide. During the baseline year of 2014-2015, capital funding of $6M was also requested for construction of a new health sciences lab on the of Lake-Sumter State College’s South Lake campus. Last year the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott approved $3 million to partially fund the new Science Lab Facility. Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) was established in 1962.”

In a Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, Orlando Sentinel article, “Academy targets medical prospects,” writer Jayna Omaye stated, “The academy – which involves a partnership with South Lake Hospital, the University of Central Florida, Montverde Academy and Lake-Sumter State College – will start accepting applications this month. School Board members approved the health-centered programs last month…As freshmen and sophomores, students will be given a chance to explore health-care career activities at South Lake Hospital and LSSC. Then they will transition as juniors and seniors to selecting a career track, taking college courses at LSSC and interning at the hospital. Students can also earn college credits toward an associate degree at LSSC.”