County honors Citrus High School drafting teacher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed March 25 as “Eugene Lindsey Day” in Citrus County.

Lindsey teaches a mechanical drafting program at Citrus High School that is certified by the American Design and Drafting Association (ADDA).

Lindsey has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, facility management and information management, and holds multiple and advanced degrees from North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin, to name a few.

He was a system engineer at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in North Carolina for 20 years, and also held managerial positions in maintenance and engineering with other companies. Lindsey is a professional member of the ADDA, holds three ADDA certifications in Mechanical, Architectural, and Civil Design Drafting and works as a consulting engineer and instructor.

The ADDA is the only international organization that certifies draftsmen in the industry, and the students at Citrus High School are eligible to obtain their ADDA professional-grade certification. Since 2008, Citrus High School has certified 288 students.

According to the ADDA, Citrus High School has certified more students than any other high school or college in the state of Florida, and was the second leading school in the nation six years in a row.

Lindsey and school officials deserve credit for offering this opportunity that can benefit students who will be better prepared for the challenge of college engineering programs. Drafting develops problem-solving skills, communication skills, mathematical prophecies and geometric applications.