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This week at DSC: The Transition from WDSC-TV 15 PBS to DSC's Degree; Earth Day Film Series; Spring Open House,and Symphony Orchestra and Choir Concert Allie Ryan 4/21/2014 10:56:47 AM

During Tuesdays' WISE Lecture hear about the fields of communications, advertising, photography, video, journalism, audio and website creation, and DSC's AS degree in Interactive Media Production; presented by Andrew Chalanick.
 
Anyone interested in exploring a college education, advancing their career or re-tooling for a new job should make plans to attend a Spring Open House at Daytona State College
 
Find out what's happening this week at DSC.

Foundation holds meet and greet for donors and scholarship recipients Allie Ryan 4/18/2014 1:05:41 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ( April 18, 2014) – Dozens of Daytona State College Foundation scholarship recipients came face to face with their benefactors during a donor appreciation luncheon held April 14 at the college’s teaching eatery and kitchen, Café 101.

With food prepared by Daytona State culinary students, the affair was a chance for the scholarship recipients to personally express their thanks for the financial help they received to attend college.

Among them was Benarah Sanford, who earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Daytona State and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, thanks to a DSC scholarship endowment established by Dr. William Schildecker and the Bert Fish Foundation.

As a trustee and donor, Schildecker and the Fish Foundation have donated millions to Daytona State and other organizations throughout the years in support of education and health care. They will be the honorees this year at the Daytona State College Foundation’s Sept. 18 annual gala.

Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton said the luncheon was an opportunity for donors to witness first-hand how their support of the Foundation touches lives. “We invited you to meet our scholarship recipients so that you can see for yourself, so you can actually gain an understanding from personally meeting and speaking with our students, just how great an impact your investment in their future will have,” she said.

Over the past 10 years, the DSC Foundation has awarded more than $7.5 million in scholarships, with nearly $1 million being awarded this year alone to almost 1,200 students. Scholarship awards are granted each semester. The Foundation is actively seeking to increase its donor base and scholarship resources in order to help more students defray the cost of their college education.

Schildecker and the Fish Foundation have established 11 individual scholarships through the DSC Foundation on behalf of Daytona State students pursuing degrees and certificates in a wide range of health care programs. The college’s Foundation has received nearly $3 million from them since 1984 for scholarships and program support.

For more about DSC Foundation Scholarships, visit http://donate.daytonastate.edu or call (386) 506-3195.

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Daytona State hosts 6th annual Academic Excellence Symposium, April 25 Allie Ryan 4/18/2014 1:04:21 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – Providing a full day of discussions on topics of interest in higher education, Daytona State College’s sixth annual Academic Excellence Symposium will be held Friday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. - free and open to the public; reservations requested.
School of World Languages and Speech at Daytona State presents Multicultural Show, April 22 Allie Ryan 4/17/2014 9:22:05 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – Students enrolled in Daytona State College’s School of World Languages and Speech will demonstrate their skills in American Sign Language, French, German, Italian and Spanish during the 4th Annual Multicultural Show scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
 
“Students will sing, dance, recite poetry, perform in skits and play various instruments," said Senior Professor Suzanne Stewart. "Students will put their language skills into practice, as well as showcase their talents.”
 
The show, produced by students and their tutors, will be performed in the Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200) on the Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Light refreshments will be served following the show.
 
The performance is free and open to the public.
 
For more information, call Stewart, (386) 506-3540.
 
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DSC hosts information sessions for Florida TRADE Manufacturing program, May 1 and 6 Allie Ryan 4/17/2014 8:38:13 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – The College of Workforce and Continuing Education at Daytona State College will host two information sessions in May for the Florida TRADE Manufacturing Program; Thursday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 6, both at 5:15 p.m.

The Florida TRADE Manufacturing program is an 11-week course that develops an initial set of technical skills that can lead to certifications, internships and job interviews with partnering manufacturing companies (such as AO Precision, Covidien, Thomas & Betts, and Hudson Technologies), and can provide a fast track to a career in manufacturing. The next series of classes is scheduled to start July 2014.

Each information session will be held in room 109 at the college’s Advanced Technology College, located at 1770 Technology Blvd. (off Williamson, approximately one mile from the intersection of LPGA/Williamson). Program staff and instructors will provide information and be available to answer questions.

In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor implemented, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TRADE) initiative, providing $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities for development and expansion of innovative training programs.

Daytona State College received nearly $850,000 as part of a consortium of 12 Florida colleges that received a $15 million grant, and has created a multi-step training process focused on the region’s workers and industry needs.

For additional information, call Dean Howe, Florida TRADE Program advisor, (386) 506-3379.

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Daytona State honors employees during annual convocation Allie Ryan 4/14/2014 4:02:28 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – Two Daytona State College staff members and one faculty member were honored for outstanding service on April 9 during the college’s annual awards convocation, which also honored more than 175 students for academic achievement. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE

Daytona State Alumni Association honors past leaders at convocation Allie Ryan 4/14/2014 4:01:11 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – For their outstanding service to the institution, two former senior executives were honored by Daytona State College’s Alumni Association on April 9 during the college’s annual awards convocation, which also recognized more than 175 students for academic achievement. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE

Local health-care administrator earns Daytona State’s Crumley Award for science achievement Allie Ryan 4/14/2014 3:59:58 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – Daytona State College alumnus George Kastroulis has been awarded the institution’s prestigious 2014 Margaret Crumley Award for Distinguished Achievement in Science. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE

Daytona State College honors students at awards convocation Allie Ryan 4/14/2014 3:58:43 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – More than 175 students were honored during Daytona State College’s annual outstanding student awards convocation held April 9 on the Daytona Beach Campus. The convocation is the preceding event to the college’s commencement exercises that take place in May. CLICK HERE TO VIEW RELEASE
Daytona State honors employees during annual convocation Allie Ryan 4/11/2014 4:57:17 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – Two Daytona State College staff members and one faculty member were honored for outstanding service on April 9 during the college’s annual awards convocation, which also honored more than 175 students for academic achievement. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE

Daytona State Alumni Association honors past leaders at convocation Allie Ryan 4/11/2014 4:56:09 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – For their outstanding service to the institution, two former senior executives were honored by Daytona State College’s Alumni Association on April 9 during the college’s annual awards convocation, which also recognized more than 175 students for academic achievement. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE

Daytona State College honors students at awards convocation Allie Ryan 4/11/2014 4:53:50 PM
  DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – More than 175 students were honored during Daytona State College’s annual outstanding student awards convocation held April 9 on the Daytona Beach Campus. The convocation is the preceding event to the college’s commencement exercises that take place in May. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE RELEASE.
Local health-care administrator earns Daytona State’s Crumley Award for science achievement Allie Ryan 4/11/2014 4:51:56 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – Daytona State College alumnus George Kastroulis has been awarded the institution’s prestigious 2014 Margaret Crumley Award for Distinguished Achievement in Science. CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE RELEASE.

Dental Science professors, students volunteer their expertise Allie Ryan 4/10/2014 4:32:12 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – Teams of Daytona State College dental science instructors and students took service to heart this spring, putting their training to use as volunteers benefitting underserved populations.

Pam Ridilla, chair of the School of Dental Sciences, this semester took part with groups of students in a number of volunteer service activities. During one activity, Ridilla completed nearly 70 oral hygiene screenings and referrals as part of her volunteer work with the Flomich Avenue Baptist Church’s Dental Bus.

In the same activity, students in Daytona State’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs participated, gaining valuable experience assisting volunteer dentists in performing various procedures, provided free to patients. They included Marliz Figueroa, Kylee McDaniel, Nicole Woehr, Rebecca Echevarria and Shannon Young.

In March, Ridilla and Dental Sciences Assistant Chair Leslie Fehl took a group of students to participate in Mission of Mercy, a two-day event held at the state fairgrounds in Tampa, which was sponsored by the Florida Dental Association. Dental hygiene students who participated in the event were Echevarria, Jennifer Balduf and Thao Tran. Dental assisting students included Ashley Johnson, Stephanie Hall and Mary Rymarczyk. Collectively, event volunteers performed free dental procedures valued at more than $1.1 million, treating more than 1,600 low-income patients.

In other service work, dental assisting and dental hygiene students volunteered, along with community dental personnel, for “Give Kids A Smile” and “Early Head Start Dental Hygiene Clinic” to provide preventive and restorative dental services.

The students also provide ongoing oral health education to residents in two assisted living centers and a retirement community in DeLand. 

The college’s School of Dental Sciences offers a certificate program in dental assisting and an associate of science degree in dental hygiene.

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Daytona State honors students, employees for life-saving action Allie Ryan 4/3/2014 4:41:53 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2014) – Twelve Daytona State College employees and students were honored on April 3 for their life-saving response to emergency incidents as part of the Campus Safety Department’s annual Wall of Fame program.
Daytona State Alumni Association seeks to grow membership Allie Ryan 4/2/2014 10:46:18 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 1, 2014) - The Daytona State College Alumni Association is looking for new members interested in reconnecting with the institution.
 
“Through our shared experience, the Daytona State College story can be told, benefitting future alumni, friends of Daytona State and the community at large,” said Suzette Cameron, president of the association’s Board of Directors.
 
The association recently kicked off its membership drive, aimed at inviting former students to join at no cost. In addition to being open to anyone who has earned a degree or certificate from the college, membership also is open to those who have taken at least one course, as well as to transfer students, non-credit and continuing education students.
 
By taking advantage of their free membership, alumni enjoy these benefits:
• Invitations to special “alumni and friends only” events
• Networking opportunities
• Free admission to Southeast Museum of Photography programs and a 10 percent discount on gift shop purchases
• Free use of the DSC Library
• Free use of the College Writing Center
• Free use of the DSC Career Placement Center
• Use of the Lemerand Fitness and Aquatic Centers
• Complimentary online subscription to the DSC President’s Communique
• Use of the Dental Hygiene Clinic (DeLand Campus only)
• Use of Massage Therapy (Daytona Beach Campus only)
• Use of Cosmetology services (Daytona Beach and Deltona campuses only)
• Use of Barbering services (New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus only)
• Access to quality programming delivered by WDSC TV-15
 
*All Benefits require a valid DSC Alumni ID card which can be obtained by completing and submitting the Alumni Association Membership form at Alumni.DaytonaState.edu.
 
To become a member or for more information, visit the Alumni Association website or call (386) 506-4506.
 
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Daytona State board approves $10,000 bachelor’s degree in education Allie Ryan 3/28/2014 4:03:50 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 27, 2014) - Earning a bachelor’s degree in education at Daytona State College will soon be more affordable than ever.
 
Beginning July 1, first-time-in-college students interested in pursuing one of Daytona State’s seven baccalaureate degree tracks  in education will be able to do so at a cost of $10,000, a savings of about $3,000 and less than half what it would cost at a state university.
 
The move is part of a challenge by the governor and Legislature for Florida’s 28 state colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees at a reduced cost.
 
“We’re very excited to be able to offer this affordable pathway to first-time-in-college students who have a passion to pursue teaching careers,” said Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton. “It’s a great value and opportunity, enhanced by our strong partnerships with Volusia and Flagler County schools.”
 
On Thursday, March 27, Daytona State’s District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to offer the 2+2-style program leading to the education baccalaureates. The plan uses fee waivers authorized by state statute to reduce the cost of upper-division courses for in-state residents attending college for the first time. The waivers will be applied while students complete their final 30 credit hours in the program, virtually making the senior year of the program tuition free.
 
In addition to being their first time in college, students must have earned a minimum of nine credits through advance placement, international baccalaureate or dual enrollment courses while in high school. They must earn their associate of arts degree within 66 attempted credit hours and carry a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Students must formally apply to the Bachelor of Science in Education program and, once admitted, earn a “C” or better in all program courses.
 
Daytona State offers the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) in seven areas: Elementary Education (K-6), Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Secondary Mathematics Education (6-12), Secondary Biology Education (6-12), Secondary Earth/Space Science Education (6-12), Secondary Chemistry Education (6-12), and Secondary Physics Education (6-12). Each is approved by the state of Florida and fulfills the education courses, professional education competencies and practical experience required to obtain a five-year Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate.
 
According to Florida Education Training Placement Information Program data, 95 of 102 Daytona State BSED graduates who earned their degrees between 2010 and 2012 were working in their fields, an overall placement rate of 93.5 percent. DSC launched the BSED program in 2009.
 
Volusia County anticipates hiring 300 to 400 teachers during the coming school year and will host a job fair at Daytona State College’s Daytona Beach Campus on April 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.
 
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Teaching Beyond Borders service-learning project taking DSC students to Haiti Allie Ryan 3/6/2014 5:39:26 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2014) - A group of Daytona State College students will travel to Haiti this spring to help make a difference in the lives of children attending what may suitably be called a “little sister school” in the impoverished nation.

The group will travel to College Susan Schuenke, a pre-K through grade 13 school in the city of Cap Haitian, May 29 through June 5 as part of Teaching Beyond Borders, a service-learning initiative founded by School of Education Prof. Donald May. The baker’s dozen team includes primarily Bachelor of Science in Education majors, but also a few associate of arts majors and one nursing student. May’s colleagues, education professors Margie Hensler and Maryann Gromoll, also will make the trip.

“We want to fill a need with sustainable changes,” May said of the group’s mission. “We want to win these teachers over and at the same time show our own future teachers another perspective we believe will serve them well in their careers.”

The group is soliciting cash donations through the Daytona State College Foundation to help offset the nearly $1,800-per-person cost for the trip, much of which will be borne by the students themselves. They also have been collecting in-kind donations: equipment such as bulbs for overhead projectors, laptop computers for teachers, white paint, recreational equipment and various school supplies.

This semester, the students have been learning strategies for teaching English language learners and working in teams to develop projects that will promote literacy in the local Haitian community, skills they can transfer to their own stateside communities, particularly rural ones, when they earn their degrees and begin their teaching careers.

“Our education majors will work directly in the classroom with Haitian teachers, observing and working on their projects,” May said. “Students with no education experience will help with physical improvements to the school and playground, and participating in activities during recess.”

The students also will conduct a needs assessment that will be used by Teaching Beyond Borders participants next year, and will prepare presentations for symposiums offered through Daytona State’s School of Education.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Haiti project can go to the website, www.teachingbeyondborders.org/ and follow the group’s activities on Facebook. 

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Daytona State board approves new cyber-security certificates Allie Ryan 3/3/2014 10:34:06 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2014) - Daytona State College will begin offering advanced technical certificates in the growing fields of cyber forensics and cyber security beginning this fall.

At its Feb. 27 meeting, the college’s District Board of Trustees approved the new certificate programs, which can be used as stepping stones toward the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT).

Each 15 credit-hour program focuses on the protection and analysis of computer and network systems. In both programs students are exposed to hands-on projects where they are required to combine theory, legal issues and technical knowledge to solve real-world problems. The two programs incorporate innovative, tested methods of instruction with hands-on lab work to encourage student learning and success.

Daytona State is the lead institution in a consortium whose goal is to advance cyber-forensic education in the southeastern United States. The consortium is comprised of nine colleges from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas operating as the Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium (ACE). Its work is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of more than $1.8 million over four years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for cyber-security professionals will increase by 37 percent over the next eight years, with median pay for experienced professionals averaging near $86,000 annually. Cyber-security jobs are found in business, industry, military, law enforcement, government, academia and the intelligence community.

The board also approved new courses, once again showing DSC’s diverse range of offerings. The new classes include two Developmental Mathematics labs, Pottery Wheel Throwing II and Lab, and Ceramics: Hand-Building II and Lab.

In addition, with the development of a new shorter program for certified nurse assistant (CNA) training, the board approved the sun-setting of the college’s Patient Care Assistant certificate program. The new CNA certificate program can be offered at a lower cost to students.

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Seven DSC students named to 2014 All-Florida Academic Team Allie Ryan 3/3/2014 10:33:24 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2014) - Seven Daytona State College students have been named to the Florida College System’s (FCS) 2014 All-Florida Academic Team.

Danielle Bowen (resident of New Smyrna Beach), Nicholas Boyce (Flagler Beach), Danielle Fritts (Ormond Beach), Jill Knazur (Palm Coast), Lisa McNeil (Deltona), Tahjna Miles (Daytona Beach) and Kathleen Newman (Edgewater) are among 109 outstanding FCS students who will be recognized at an awards ceremony April 24 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

“We are very proud of our students who have been chosen for the 2014 Florida academic team,” said Carol W. Eaton, president of Daytona State. “To be nominated for this prestigious honor recognizes their hard work and commitment to their education.”

The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of students who have been nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Students are nominated based on their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

A national team of judges will review all nominated candidates and select a 20-member first USA team in coming weeks. Each member will receive a stipend and be featured in USA Today. Second- and third-team winners also will be selected.

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Daytona State board approves new cyber-security certificates Allie Ryan 2/28/2014 3:17:09 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2014) - Daytona State College will begin offering advanced technical certificates in the growing fields of cyber forensics and cyber security beginning this fall.

At its Feb. 27 meeting, the college’s District Board of Trustees approved the new certificate programs, which can be used as stepping stones toward the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT).

Each 15 credit-hour program focuses on the protection and analysis of computer and network systems. In both programs students are exposed to hands-on projects where they are required to combine theory, legal issues and technical knowledge to solve real-world problems. The two programs incorporate innovative, tested methods of instruction with hands-on lab work to encourage student learning and success.

Daytona State is the lead institution in a consortium whose goal is to advance cyber-forensic education in the southeastern United States. The consortium is comprised of nine colleges from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas operating as the Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium (ACE). Its work is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of more than $1.8 million over four years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for cyber-security professionals will increase by 37 percent over the next eight years, with median pay for experienced professionals averaging near $86,000 annually. Cyber-security jobs are found in business, industry, military, law enforcement, government, academia and the intelligence community.

The board also approved new courses, once again showing DSC’s diverse range of offerings. The new classes include two Developmental Mathematics labs, Pottery Wheel Throwing II and Lab, and Ceramics: Hand-Building II and Lab.

In addition, with the development of a new shorter program for certified nurse assistant (CNA) training, the board approved the sun-setting of the college’s Patient Care Assistant certificate program. The new CNA certificate program can be offered at a lower cost to students.

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Seven DSC students named to 2014 All-Florida Academic Team Allie Ryan 2/28/2014 3:16:25 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2014) - Seven Daytona State College students have been named to the Florida College System’s (FCS) 2014 All-Florida Academic Team.

Danielle Bowen (resident of New Smyrna Beach), Nicholas Boyce (Flagler Beach), Danielle Fritts (Ormond Beach), Jill Knazur (Palm Coast), Lisa McNeil (Deltona), Tahjna Miles (Daytona Beach) and Kathleen Newman (Edgewater) are among 109 outstanding FCS students who will be recognized at an awards ceremony April 24 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

“We are very proud of our students who have been chosen for the 2014 Florida academic team,” said Carol W. Eaton, president of Daytona State. “To be nominated for this prestigious honor recognizes their hard work and commitment to their education.”

The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of students who have been nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Students are nominated based on their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

A national team of judges will review all nominated candidates and select a 20-member first USA team in coming weeks. Each member will receive a stipend and be featured in USA Today. Second- and third-team winners also will be selected.

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Chair Massage Allie Ryan 2/17/2014 3:25:00 PM
Enjoy a 10-minute seated massage for a donation of $5:-
 
Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
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March 18 - Daytona Beach Campus, Lemerand Center
March 25 - Daytona Beach Campus, Wetherell
April 1 - Daytona Beach Campus, Lemerand Center
April 8 - Daytona Beach Campus, Wetherell
April 15 - Daytona Beach Campus, Lemerand Center
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Student massage clinic at Daytona State resumes Feb. 20 Allie Ryan 2/12/2014 2:48:36 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2014) - The student massage clinic at Daytona State College will be open to the public each Thursday beginning Feb. 20 through May 1, except March 13 when the College will be closed for spring break.

Offering full-body, 50-minute Swedish massages under faculty supervision, students in the vocational credit certificate program gain hands-on experience while clients enjoy the soothing effects of therapeutic massage. A donation of $16 supports the clinic and provides scholarships for students.

Daytona State's Massage Therapy program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Graduates of this program have pursued careers as massage therapists at spas and reports, physical therapy centers, rehabilitation clinics and on sports teams.

The massage clinic is open to the public on Thursdays with appointments at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Clients should bring with them two twin sheets (preferably one fitted and one flat), one pillowcase and one large towel. Alternatively, a $5 fee for disposable linens will apply.

The clinic is located in Health Sciences Hall, room 129 (a.m. appointments) and room 107 (p.m. appointments) on the Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Boulevard.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling (386) 506-3229.

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Catch spring fever with the arts at Daytona State College Allie Ryan 1/27/2014 1:34:05 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2014) – The Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College presents the following schedule of theater, music and dance performances as well as exhibitions and lectures this spring and summer, many with free admission: CLICK HERE

Daytona State continues STEM seminar series, Jan. 29 Allie Ryan 1/9/2014 2:06:09 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2014) - The School of Physical and Biological Sciences at Daytona State College continues its STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) seminar series this spring, free and open to the public.

“The seminars are designed to raise awareness of STEM and how these areas affect daily life; everyone is welcome,” said professor Gajendra Tulsian, who holds a Ph.D. and MBA.

The first one-hour seminar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, starting promptly at 5 p.m. in the Madorsky Theater, located in the Hosseini Center, on the Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

The STEM seminar series continues throughout the spring, each held at 5 p.m. at the above location:

Daytona State Ranks Among Top 10 U.S. Online Bachelor’s Programs Allie Ryan 1/8/2014 11:55:00 PM


2nd year running, DSC places among prestigious national universities

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2014) - Among hundreds of colleges and universities in the nation offering bachelor degree programs online, Daytona State College ranks among the top 10 according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Top Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, Daytona State once again stood out with criteria such as the quality and experience of its faculty and instructional delivery. The college entered its fully online bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS) and its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) programs for the rankings consideration.

“This second year of Top-10 placement for Daytona State reaffirms our success with delivery of high-quality online bachelor’s programs,” said President Carol W. Eaton. “Once again we see the stellar results of hard work by our innovative faculty and staff.”

Daytona State began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2006 in response to a state-wide need to increase its college-educated workforce. The college offers 11 bachelor’s programs: the BAS, BSET, BS in Nursing and BS in Information Technology - both new in spring 2014, and seven BS  in Education degrees. More than 1,700 baccalaureate students are enrolled in online courses at Daytona State.

“We’re grateful for the continued support of our Board of Trustees, the president, senior staff and the Instructional Resources Department that is so critical to the ongoing success of Daytona State’s online bachelor’s programs,” said Eileen Hamby, head of the College of Business Administration, who implemented the first bachelor’s program, the BAS.

“Daytona State’s talented faculty and excellence in program design continues to contribute to our status among the best in the country,” said Ron Eaglin, head of the College of Technology, which houses the BSET program. “We review and enhance our delivery and process continually,” he added, “with faculty advancing our methodology with each class.”

As noted previously by U.S. News and World Report, the economic benefits of a college degree are clear: Bachelor's degree recipients “…earn 84 percent more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, and the unemployment rate for workers without a college education is more than double the rate for those with a four-year degree, according to reports by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.”

For more information on the rankings, see U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Online Education Programs rankings.

For more information on Daytona State’s bachelor’s degree programs, click here.

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Veterans can access new re-training opportunity at Daytona State Allie Ryan 11/18/2013 10:00:00 AM
(Daytona Beach, FL) June 26, 2012 – Certain military veterans have a new option for enrollment at Daytona State College using a specialized grant beginning July 1. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is designed for unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 years old who are not eligible for any other VA educational benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment Assistance).
 
To get started and apply for the tuition assistance, veterans should visit the VA eBenefits website. More information, including a list of eligible programs, can be found at http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm or by calling the VA Benefits department, 1-800-827-1000. Once students are approved by the VA, they need to meet with a Daytona State Veterans Benefits representative by calling 386-506-3000.
 
Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program. The money will be paid directly to the students to pay their tuition and fees. The program is limited to 45,000 students who apply from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2012. And to 54,000 students who apply from Oct. 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.
 
The program is only for VA-approved associate of science degrees and certificate programs. Other requirements for veterans include:
•         cannot have a dishonorable discharge
•         cannot be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
•         cannot be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program
For more information on Daytona State’s approved certificates and degrees for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, contact LeeAnn Davis, davisl@daytonastate.edu.
 
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DSC student veterans can get credit for training during time served Allie Ryan 11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM
DSC student veterans can get credit for training during time served

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2013) - Good news for military veterans attending Daytona State College: The training, experience and coursework you participated in while serving may be eligible for college credit.

During its Aug. 13 meeting, the college’s District Board of Trustees approved a policy that authorizes credit be granted to students with military training, experience or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education. Depending on the type of prior learning experience, credits can be applied toward a student’s general education requirements or counted as elective credit.

“This is huge,” said Trustee Brad Giles, attending his first board meeting since being appointed in July by Gov. Rick Scott. “I’m certain our servicemen and women will appreciate having their hard work recognized.”

The policy is the result of House Bill 347 passed last year by the Florida Legislature that outlines the process by which all Florida College System (FCS) institutions award academic credit to eligible members of the United States Armed Forces.

The new policy specifies the granting of credit for military training and how it can be applied toward degree program requirements. When appropriate, students will be permitted to transfer credits to another Florida college or university and the credit will be noted on the student’s transcript.

The policy adopted by the board also allows for veterans receiving GI Bill benefits and their families to receive priority course registration in some instances.

Daytona State has seen an influx of veterans enrolling in college courses since conflicts in the Middle East began winding down. In 2006-2007, less than 500 veterans were enrolled at the college. Last year, that number grew to nearly 900.

The steady growth sparked college officials last year to open a Veterans Center on the Daytona Beach Campus and staff veteran liaisons on the regional campuses to help servicemen and women with everything from filing for GI Bill benefits and other student services to referrals for other assistance both inside and outside the college.

More information for veterans attending Daytona State can be found at http://www.daytonastate.edu/admsvet/index.html.

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Cosmetology Clinic - go on, treat yourself! Allie Ryan 11/7/2013 11:00:00 AM
There are many benefits and conveniences for staff and students alike on campus. The Cosmetology and Nails program offers a variety of services at very affordable prices. All services are performed by Daytona State College Cosmetology students under the supervision of instructors.
 
Cosmetology at Daytona State College is located on the Daytona Beach and Deltona campuses, Barbering is located on the New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus.
 
Daytona Beach Campus salon
Cosmetology Hall (Bldg. 510), Rm. 115
1200 W. Intl Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Hours: Daytime: Mon., Wed., Fri. - 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Evening: Tue., Wed., Thurs. - 6-9 p.m.
Effective January 2014, evening hours Mon. & Wed. only
For an appointment call: (386) 506-3319

Deltona Campus salon
Bldg. 103, Rm. 005
2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona, FL 32725
Hours: Wed., Thurs., Fri. - 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
For an appointment call: (386) 789-7347
 
New Smyrna Beach- Edgewater Campus
All Barbering Services at New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus
Men’s style cuts, shaves and clipper cuts
Academic Hall (Bldg. 2), Rm. 105
940 10th St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Hours: Daytime: Mon. & Wed. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Evening: Mon. & Wed. 6-8 p.m.
For an appointment call: (386) 423-6320
 
View a full menu of services by clicking on this link
Daytona State, school districts reach agreements on dual enrollment Allie Ryan 8/13/2013 4:54:27 PM
Daytona State, school districts reach agreements on dual enrollment
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2013) - As opening days for fall classes draw near, agreements in support of dual enrollment have been reached among Daytona State College and Volusia and Flagler school districts.
 
In the spirit of partnership and a common mission for student success, the college’s District Board of Trustees on Aug. 13 approved agreements to cover the majority of the schools’ costs for services associated with dual enrollment in 2013-14. The Volusia and Flagler school boards will vote on the agreements in upcoming weeks. 
 
Dual enrollment provides college-credit classes on Daytona State campuses, giving college-bound students a head start on their higher education, at no cost to them.
 
Until this fall, Florida colleges paid for dual-enrolled tuition; this spring, the state legislature voted to shift the cost to school districts.
 
“We realize the districts had little time to build this cost into their budget planning for 2013-14,” said Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton. “Providing dual enrollment for our high school students at no cost to them has been a hallmark of our region and Florida education.
 
“School superintendents Margaret Smith and Janet Valentine and their staff have worked very hard with us to develop the new agreements,” added Eaton. “We’re pleased to be able to assist the districts as we continue this valuable service to our next generation of workforce and career leaders.”
 
The agreements require Daytona State to reimburse the schools for their services including counseling, testing, academic support, eligibility determination and grade monitoring. 
 
Some 5,000 students from 11 Volusia County and 2 Flagler County high schools earned college credits at Daytona State in the past five years through dual enrollment. This past May alone, 70 teens received their associate degree before graduating from high school, allowing them to start as juniors in baccalaureate programs.   
 
With fall enrollment ongoing until DSC classes start Aug. 26, to date nearly 800 Volusia and 200 Flagler teens have already dual enrolled.
 
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Study shows Daytona State’s local economic impact at nearly $710M Allie Ryan 3/19/2013 4:35:33 PM
Study shows Daytona State’s local economic impact at nearly $710M
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2013) – A new study attributes a powerful impact on the local economy of nearly $710 million generated by Daytona State College, its students and alumni.
 
The study verifies the strength and value of the college’s service to the communities, businesses and individuals in Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond. Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) conducted the study through the Florida College System (FCS).
 
“With the local economy poised for revival, analysis of our growth impact is critical as we strategize for the future,” said Daytona State College President Carol W. Eaton. “This study validates our significant role as an economic driver, as we prepare the region’s workforce with the latest technology, customer service and management skills.”
 
To foster synergistic goals and perpetuate a pipeline of educated, well-trained workers, Daytona State partners and builds collaborations with the region’s industries, cities, partner institutions and k-12 education system. From working closely with agencies like the Volusia Manufacturers Association, Chamber of Commerce, local hospitals and school system leaders, the college extends student learning to cooperative education, clinical training and internships. In turn, the college identifies employer needs and prepares graduates for in-demand jobs.
 
Summary facts:
 
• Taxpayers see a rate of return of 10 percent on their investment in Daytona State and every dollar of state tax money invested in the college today returns $3.20.
 
• The net added income generated by Daytona State operations ($78.5 million) and the spending of non-local students ($2.8 million) contributes a total of $81.2 million in income to the Daytona State service area economy each year.
 
• The accumulated credits achieved by former Daytona State students over the past 29 years translate to $628.6 million in added regional income each year due to the higher earnings of students and increased output of businesses. (Overall impact = bullets 2 and 3, $709.8M)
 
• For every $1 students invest in Daytona State, they receive a cumulative $6.60 in higher future income (discounted) over the course of their working careers.
 
• Florida benefits from improved health and reduced welfare, unemployment and crime, saving the public some $6.7 million per year.
 
The study also points out that education increases lifetime income, noting that the average income at the career midpoint of someone with an associate degree in the Daytona State service area is $32,800.
Students a 17.6% rate of return on
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NOTE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties for more than 50 years. The college enrolls 31,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.