Southern Technical College Students Lend a Hand to Central Florida Charity

Orlando, Fla. – (May 6, 2016) – As part of efforts to give back to the community, a group of students from the Orlando campus of Southern Technical College, “Southern Tech,” recently donated a half-day of service to the 501(c)3 organization The Mustard Seed of Central Florida.


General education and welding students assisted with the furniture bank, mattress recycling, thrift shop and front office by helping with hands-on sorting, organizing and entering data into computers.


As an additional follow-up item, welding students were inspired to work on a class project to make a sturdier table for the mattress recycling room (pictured below).


Daron McDonnaugh, volunteer coordinator for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida praised the students’ can-do attitude and efforts. “Here at The Mustard Seed, we rely on volunteers to help us carry out our mission to help the less fortunate in the community,” McDonnaugh said. “By volunteering, Southern Technical College played a key role in that process.”

Instructors Nathan Smith, KC Kane, James Quatrini, and Liya Dzhindzhikashvili organized the event.

Southern Tech-Orlando is located at 1485 Florida Mall Ave. while The Mustard Seed is at 12 Mustard Seed Lane.


About Southern Technical College (

Founded in 2000, Southern Technical College is a career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible career training and education in a student-centered environment. It was founded to combine traditional and job-practical teaching techniques in the areas of allied health sciences and applied technology. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills and a broad-based general education. Southern Tech is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Associate degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa and Port Charlotte campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Health Information Management associate degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

About The Mustard Seed of Central Florida (

The Mustard Seed (TMS) has been a social service agency for over 25 years and is the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida. The Mustard Seed helps rebuild the lives of over 1,200 families per year, including 3,400 individuals and 1,400 children who need basic household furniture to create stability in their lives. In addition to serving our clients, we also help our environment. Since 2011, the TMS Recycling Program deconstructed over 72,000 mattresses saving over 1,104,000 cubic feet of landfill space, reducing dump expenses and protecting our environment. The mattress material becomes carpet padding and the high-grade steel is recycled generating much need revenue for our agency’s overhead.