Montverde Academy was very pleased after hearing word that the state’s newly proposed $79 billion budget will include funding for Lake County projects that include the estimated $6 million needed to build science labs for Florida’s first Health Sciences Collegiate Academy on Lake-Sumter State College’s south Lake campus. The Health Sciences Collegiate Academy (HSCA) is a public/private community partnership between Montverde Academy, South Lake Hospital, The University of Central Florida and Lake Sumter State. This program will be offered to rising 9th graders at Montverde Academy who may be interested in a health sciences related field of study. In a Daily Commercial/South Lake Press article published today (Friday, June 19, 2015), “Proposed state budget has funding for LSSC academy,” Livi Stanford wrote, “The funding for the academy previously remained up in the air as state legislators sparred over the budget… State officials said the problem of securing funding revolved around many projects competing for those PECO dollars. But state officials said Friday they were pleased funding was allocated for the project.” Read the entire article HERE.
In a statement, Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring said “I would like to thank our State Legislative delegation, especially Senator Hays and Representative Larry Metz, for the tireless effort in securing funding for the Health Science Collegiate Academy in the midst of a budget crisis. Montverde Academy and other Lake County High School students, will be eligible for an AA degree from Lake Sumter State College upon graduation and pending a successful performance a guaranteed gateway into UCF to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree. We hope that Governor Scott will continue to support funding for this project in order to ensure long-term opportunities for Lake County students and ensure we have the workforce to meet our growing healthcare challenges.”
A Health Sciences Collegiate Academy partnership signing took place Tuesday afternoon, March 3rd, 2015, at The Pavilion, located at the South Lake Campus of Lake-Sumter State College. The event’s guest speakers included Dr. Kasey Kesselring, Headmaster of Montverde Academy; Mr. John Moore, President of South Lake Hospital; Dr. Charles Mojock, President of Lake-Sumter State College; Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer for Lake County Schools; 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 MVA’s staff and faculty who’ve been working to bring the idea of a HSCA to reality. “Once we saw the quality of the institutions and individuals we’d be working with, we were all on board… 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,” stated Dr. Kesselring. Read about that official signing event HERE.