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Lasenta Lewis-Ellis

MTC helped single mom become one of nation’s most prestigious business owners

Enterprising Women Magazine has named MTC alumna Lasenta Lewis-Ellis the 2016 Enterprising Woman of the Year. The award is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognitions for female business owners. Lasenta said her MTC Architectural Engineering and Technology degree set her up for real success.

“When I was in Midlands Technical College as a single mom, I was living in income-based housing. I was a welfare recipient at the time, but I wanted more. I wanted better and that was my full drive, my will power.

When I go back to MTC I talk to single parents. I go back so that I can share my story. I also want them to see, yes, I’ve been exactly where they are today, and this is what it took for me to get to where I am now.

"I didn't know what was out there next, but I knew it had to be better than where I was at that moment."

I am President and CEO of LLE Construction Group, where my goal is to take old dilapidated spaces and create something useable and viable for people.  We focus on K-12 schools, school districts, charter schools, private schools, colleges and universities. We perform services for them, and we also do facility maintenance and management. We replace old lights, we paint, and put in new floors. Whatever is needed in a facility to make it beautiful and usable – that is what we do.”