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Students honored in annual DSC writing competition Allie Ryan 4/27/2015 11:14:11 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2015) – Writing is alive and well at Daytona State College, evidenced by the number of winners at this year’s Outstanding Student Writing Awards ceremony. Eighteen students were honored for their writing excellence on April 16 with dozens of college leadership, faculty and family members in attendance.
This week at DSC; Spring Open House, STEMinar, Guitar Ensemble, Music Production Rocks! - and a play Allie Ryan 4/27/2015 9:10:34 AM
The Spring Open House offers anyone considering a college education a chance to explore the many pathways offered by Daytona State to begin or advance their career or re-tool for a new job. Future students can enter a $500 scholarship drawing from the Daytona State Foundation. Advanced Technology College - April 28, 5-7 p.m. News-Journal Center - May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Find out what's happening this week at DSC...
Calendar of events at Daytona State announced for May 2015 Allie Ryan 4/23/2015 11:05:04 AM
Calendar of events at Daytona State announced for May 2015 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2015) - Daytona State College presents the following calendar of events for May 2015.
Daytona State asks public to weigh in on presidential search Allie Ryan 4/22/2015 1:44:48 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2015) - The committee charged with selecting the best candidates to be considered for Daytona State College’s top post invites the public to weigh in on what leadership qualities the institution’s next president should possess.
SBDC and SunTrust partner to offer Profit Mastery seminar Allie Ryan 4/16/2015 9:00:48 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2015) - The Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College, in partnership with the SunTrust Foundation, is now offering the internationally-acclaimed seminar Profit Mastery: Creating Value and Building Wealth to area business owners.
DSC students and photography museum to celebrate Earth Day Allie Ryan 4/14/2015 12:52:35 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 14, 2015) - Mother Earth will be the center of attention when Daytona State College clubs and student organizations celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona State honors students, employees, alumnus at awards convocation Allie Ryan 4/10/2015 11:43:37 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2015) – Daytona State College honored 175 students along with three employees and an accomplished alumnus during its annual outstanding student awards convocation held April 8. The awards convocation is the preceding event to the college’s commencement exercises that will take place on Monday, May 18, at 2 and 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Center.
Local dentist receives DSC Crumley Award for science achievement Allie Ryan 4/10/2015 11:42:45 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2015) - Daytona State College alumnus Dr. Barry Cates has been awarded the institution’s prestigious 2015 Margaret Crumley Award for Distinguished Achievement in Science.
DSC Environmental Science student earns prestigious research award Allie Ryan 4/6/2015 3:20:58 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2015) - Angela Boney, a second-year student of Daytona State College’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES), has been recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Geoscience Division (GeoCUR) for her outstanding accomplishments in studying ocean plastics associated with Florida’s coastlines.
Daytona State joins DirectConnect to UCF partnership Allie Ryan 3/25/2015 8:53:46 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2015) - Daytona State College (DSC) students now have a clear path to transfer to the University of Central Florida (UCF) through the university’s nationally recognized DirectConnect to UCF program.
Catch spring fever with the arts at Daytona State College Allie Ryan 1/27/2015 2:44:36 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2015) – 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:
2015 - Daytona State ranks among Best U.S. Online Bachelor’s Programs Allie Ryan 1/7/2015 9:54:02 AM
3rd year running, DSC places in top 10 among prestigious national universities DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2015) - Among hundreds of colleges and universities in the nation offering bachelor degree programs online, Daytona State College has again ranked in the top 10, coming in at No. 2, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, continuing its prestigious placement in the category. In the 2015 Top Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, Daytona State stood among the best based on criteria such as the quality and experience of its faculty and instructional delivery. DSC entered its fully online bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS), Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), for the rankings consideration. “This third year of Top-10 placement for Daytona State reaffirms our success with delivery of high-quality online bachelor’s programs, as well as our commitment to continuous improvement,” said President Carol W. Eaton. “This can only be accomplished through the shared vision and hard work of our innovative faculty, student-support teams and technical staff.” Daytona State began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2006 in response to a statewide need to increase Florida’s college-educated workforce. The college now offers 11 bachelor’s programs: the BAS, BSET, BSIT, seven BS in Education degrees and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nearly 1,600 baccalaureate students have enrolled in DSC online courses so far this school year, which ends in May. Overall, 11,500 students took online DSC classes during the 2013-2014 academic year. “Our goal is simple: leverage digital platforms to give our online students the best learning experience possible,” said Dr. Meghan Griffin, head of DSC’s School of Management, which implemented the first bachelor’s program, the BAS. “Because we serve returning adult and working students, our students have as much to learn from one another as they do from faculty. So we’ve made our online classrooms highly interactive and team-oriented, where you’re part of a network of professionals located across the globe. You’re in a low-cost, engaging and dynamic online learning environment in a program that teaches applied learning skills immediately useful in the workplace.” Dr. Ron Eaglin, head of DSC’s College of Technology, credited his faculty and the student-support services available to online BSET students for the program’s success. “Our support services are second to none and our faculty understand that teaching online as opposed to in the classroom requires a change in pedagogy,” he said. “Being successful online requires an understanding of the different working parts necessary to develop a course and everyone working together. While we’re pleased with our ranking, there’s the old saying that it’s the company you keep that’s really important and, judging by the other schools who made the top rankings, I think we’re in great company.” For more information on the rankings, see U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Online Education Programs rankings. For more information on Daytona State bachelor’s degree programs, click here. ###
BSN students mark end of year 1, give reports in community health class Allie Ryan 12/17/2014 2:15:35 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2014) – “What we do every day is about helping our communities live healthful lives; outreach like this puts a powerful focus on that mission.” Such comments echoed from tabletop to tabletop as students in Daytona State College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing’s benchmark Community Health Nursing course gave their inaugural project reports in the last week of class. Judith Valloze, assistant chair for the RN to BSN program, said, “This first community health class performed beyond our expectations,” reaching hundreds of people with important needs-based messaging. The mandatory course focuses on students assessing a community to determine healthcare needs, then developing and delivering an outreach project which addresses the issue, all while working with a BSN-prepared nurse. Projects included students working on smoking cessation in their community; developing programs and brochures on breast-cancer awareness, heart health and prevention of falls; working with vulnerable populations related to substance abuse; addressing needs of medically fragile children by creating an electronic Volusia County Resource Guide; putting on a health fair with patient education for parishioners in three local churches; developing a No Texting and Driving campaign; using parts of the CREATION healthcare acronym to help medical staff with stress; and educating a rehab-center community on Ebola. All projects involved an interdisciplinary approach to care, where the students worked with other members of the healthcare team to develop well-rounded projects. The community health class of 41 students, all registered nurses working at healthcare institutions, are part of the first BSN cohort that concluded its first year this semester, with some students expected to graduate in May 2015. ###
WISE speaker program kicks off for spring at Daytona State Allie Ryan 12/17/2014 2:13:55 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2014) - From Middle East unrest, identity theft and U.S. immigration policy to improving one’s health through smart dieting and laughter, the Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program will feature something to suit everyone’s interests when it kicks off the spring season in January. All WISE presentations take place on Tuesdays in the Hosseini Center on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The season opener begins on Jan. 20, when Mickey Grosman, wilderness survivalist, cancer survivor and Special Forces veteran, shares the inspiring story of his 5,000-mile Amazon expedition. Next up, Daytona Beach native, retired U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, and member of the college’s District Board of Trustees Stanley Escudero will discuss his perspective on Middle East unrest on Jan. 27. Interested in the U.S. immigration policy debate and its potential impact on constitutional law? Then don’t miss attorney and DSC Legal Studies Professor Todd Richardson’s presentation on Feb. 3. Likewise, Lisa Fields, program coordinator of National Crime Stop, will share her expertise on another hot topic – identity theft and how to avoid becoming a victim. Her presentation is slated for Feb. 10. On Feb. 17, Bill Turner, will share how Apollo astronauts trained with some of the world’s first simulators, followed on Feb. 24 by ERAU President John Johnson, who will talk about current and future area higher education initiatives. DSC School of Technology chair Dr. Ron Eaglin will show participants how to impress their children and grandchildren with their social media knowledge on March 3, followed on March 10 by retired veterinarian Dr. Ken Nusbaum, who will talk about various diseases and their impact on Floridians, and introduce participants to the mission of the Vets without Borders Association. Other spring season WISE presenters include: • March 24 - Dr. Andrew Harris – Food, Climate and Drug Interactions • March 31 – Andrew Gurtis – Daytona One Update with DIS • April 7 – Dr. Nancy Duke – Myths, Mysteries and Legends of St. Augustine • April 14 – Chad Truxall – Marine Discovery Center: A Prescription for an Ailing Lagoon • April 21 – Diane Trask – Laughter Yoga is the Best Medicine • April 28 – DSC Professor Myra Vergani – Diabetes: Myths and Facts The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. Since 2009, WISE’s membership has grown from its original three founding couples to an association of more than 250 patrons. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older. Find out more on the Foundation’s website. For more information, contact Kent Ryan (386) 506-4425, email: ###
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
To become a member or for more information, visit the Alumni Association website or call (386) 506-4506.
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.
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.


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

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.