Lake-Sumter State College’s Continuing Education will offer new life-long learning as well as professional learning courses starting in October.

Continuing Education courses are non-credit courses offered to support or enhance business, industry, government, and general recreation in the communities of Lake and Sumter Counties.

To register for a course, visit or contact Continuing Education at 352-435-5038 or

QuickBooks, Level 1

This QuickBooks course provides essential coverage of the QuickBooks software. Topics covered include an introduction to QuickBooks, basic accounting principles, backing up files, creating companies, working with vendors, working with customers, banking with Quick-Books, and more.


  • Introducing the QuickBooks system
  • Presenting the QuickBooks software and some basic accounting
  • Creating a company
  • Working with opening balances, historical transactions, and users
  • Working with vendors
  • Using the vendor center, lists, entering bills, paying vendors and reports
  • Working with customers
  • Using the customer center, lists, creating invoices, receiving money and reports
  • Banking with QuickBooks
  • Working with bank accounts, deposits, transfers, credit and debit transactions and reconciling

CareerSource Central Florida may offer tuition assistance for this course. For more information, call 1-352-360-6280 or visit

Date: October 3 – October 31, Thursdays
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Leesburg Campus
Registration Deadline:  September 26
Fee: $210

Retirement Planning Solutions

This course provides a practical, hands-on overview of the key areas of retirement planning. It is designed for individuals and couples who are in the early stages of planning, about to retire, or already retired. It is presented in a neutral, educational format without promoting any specific financial, or insurance products.

Fee: $50 per person or $75 per couple. If you would like to register as a couple, you will first need to register as an individual, then add an additional registrant.

 An illustrated textbook ($25 value) will be handed out at the first class. One textbook will be given per couple. Class sizes are limited, so register early.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Create a plan to retire with confidence
  • Use new tax and estate laws to your advantage
  • Use investment strategies to help reduce risk, and maximize return
  • Plan retirement income strategies to preserve your standard of living and reduce taxes
  • Evaluate insurance coverage such as health, life, and long-term care
  • Avoid common estate planning mistakes

About the Instructor:
David Bilka’s (CFP ®) professional roots are in education with 15 years of secondary and adult teaching experience. As an educator, he earned distinction as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, a Drey Scholar, and a National Board-Certified Teacher. David is currently a Certified Financial Planner ™ with over 10 years of experience as a financial planning professional. He holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses, as well as the Florida Life and Health license. As a former educator, David is passionate about financial education, that is largely absent from formal schooling, yet has a significant impact on people’s lives. David is the President of DB Wealth Management, a retirement planning firm.

Date: October 3 – October 10, Thursdays
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline:  September 26
Fee: $50/$75

Date: October 8 – October 15, Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 1
Fee: $50/$75

Microsoft Excel, Level 1

Excel is a powerful spreadsheet program that allows you to make quick and accurate numerical calculations and helps you to make your data look sharp and professional. The uses for Excel are limitless: businesses use Excel for creating financial reports, scientists use Excel for statistical analysis, and families use Excel to help manage their investment portfolios and budgets.

PREREQUISITES: Basic computer skills are needed to complete this course.


  • Understanding Program Fundamentals
  • Getting Started with Worksheets
  • Editing a Worksheet
  • Formatting a Worksheet
  • Working with Data Ranges
  • Creating and Working with Charts
  • Basic Functions and Formulas

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class.

Date: October 8 – October 24, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Leesburg Campus
Registration Deadline:  October 1
Fee: $115

Date: October 15 – November 19, Tuesdays
Time: 6 pm – 8pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 7
Fee: $115

Write Your Life

The “Write Your Life” course consists of a variety of short sections that examine your life from differing perspectives. It is geared towards seniors with little or no formal writing experience. Worksheets are concise and encourage you to explore the nature of your life. You then put it together in an interesting and readable form. You will be coached with every step in the creation of the story of your life, which will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.

Topics covered include:

  • Life in Poetry
  • Resume
  • Life in a Significant Memory
  • “What Was I Thinking”
  • Top Ten “Best Decisions”
  • Everyday Life Way Back When
  • Words to Live By
  • Living by the Decade
  • Life’s “Letter of Acknowledgment”

Date: October 10 – November 14, Thursdays
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Leesburg Campus
Registration Deadline:  October 3
Fee: $50

Date: October 10 – November 14, Thursdays
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Leesburg Campus
Registration Deadline: October 3
Fee: $50

Introduction to Google Suite

Google Suite is a group of Google’s cloud-based, online-only office productivity suite. They allow you to create, share, and collaborate in business and education. This course is designed to help all new Google Suite users to build their competency quickly. You will discover how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.

PREREQUISITES: You need basic computer skills to complete this course. 

DELIVERY METHOD: Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.


  • Gmail
  • Google Apps for Business
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • Google Forms
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Plus
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Sites
  • Google Slides
  • Blogger & YouTube

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class.

Date: October 17 – November 21, Thursdays
Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 10
Fee: $150

Spanish, Continuing Conversations

Practice and/or reinforce your Spanish speaking and listening skills – a continuation of previous experience. In this class, you will continue having conversations as well as learn some new material. Students must have taken the Beginner’s course or must already know the fundamentals of the Spanish language.

Date: October 22 – November 19, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 15
Fee: $80

Operation of an Early Childhood Center (Directors Credentials)

In this 45-hour noncredit course, you will fulfill the course requirements for the foundational level credentials for directors/administrators of childcare centers, as set forth by Florida Children’s Forum; increase your knowledge and skill level in a variety of administrative areas; improve your ability to secure a good job directing a high-quality center; and enhance your center’s ability to secure bank loans, corporate support and grants due to increased credibility.

  • Childcare and education organizational leadership and management
  • Childcare, financial and legal issues
  • Non-discrimination and cultural sensitivity
  • Assessment and documentation
  • Monitoring health, safety, and nutrition
  • And more!

Date: October 22 – December 10, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 15
Fee: $200

The Real Art of BBQ

BBQ chef, David Schaefer, former owner of Stump Jumper BBQ in Concord, MA, will teach the essentials for making the real thing. Students will learn about the right cuts of meats, sauces, and seasonings to prepare world-class Southern barbecue. Students will learn how to prepare succulent meats, such as Memphis Style spareribs, Carolina Style pulled pork, and Texas beef brisket, along with some of the side dishes that complement them. You will also learn about marinades, rubs, brines, and sauces while learning which ingredients are best for long, slow barbecue flavors vs. high-temp grilling, and how to create specific flavors for specific foods. Don’t forget your containers for leftovers!


  • Understanding methods & procedures for creating Southern Style BBQ
    • Understanding the different equipment possibilities
    • Discuss wood choices for smoking meat
    • History of BBQ
    • Controlling fire and temperatures
    • Understanding the types and cuts of meat best suited for BBQ
    • Learn about flavorings traditionally utilized in BBQ
    • Identifying specific problems and concerns related to BBQ

Date: October 23, Wednesday
Time:6 pm – 8pm
Location: Leesburg Campus
Registration Deadline: October 15
Fee: $55

Date: October 30, Wednesday
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: South Lake Campus
Registration Deadline: October 15
Fee: $55

About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnectTM partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to UCF. Learn more about LSSC at