Two DSC officials to be honored during Juneteenth celebration
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2014) – Two Daytona State College officials will be honored as “Hometown Heroes” on Thursday, June 19, during a banquet kicking off the Daytona Beach area’s annual Juneteenth celebration.Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education, achievement and community involvement. The recognition of Hometown Heroes is to educate and show by example the accomplishments of people of any stature contributing to their community’s success and growth, giving unselfishly of themselves and inspiring others.
Isalene Montgomery, vice president and chief financial officer for the college, and Costa Magoulas, dean of Daytona State’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Management, will be honored for their contributions in the field of education, as well as for the lives they have touched and influenced. They are among 24 individuals who have been identified as 2014 Hometown Heroes by local Juneteenth organizers.
Montgomery joined the college in 2001. Prior to her overseeing the college’s fiscal operations, she was director of Daytona State’s Women’s Center (now called the Center for Women and Men) and broadened the program’s scope to provide educational and supportive services to both genders, including non-traditional students, displaced homemakers, single parents, pregnant teens, first-generation college students and at-risk youth who had dropped out of school.
Magoulas is a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the World Association of Cooks. He holds certifications as a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, and Certified Culinary Administrator. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, which is the honor society of the ACF with only 5,000 members worldwide. Juneteenth organizers noted his dedication to helping students by sharing his industry experiences and training, and helping them to succeed in their career choices and achieve their goals.
In addition to the June 19 banquet to be held at the Daytona 500 Club, 1801 International Speedway Blvd., Juneteenth also will feature a free festival on June 21 that will include family events, food, vendors and entertainment. The festival will take place at the Cypress Recreational and Aquatics Center, 925 George W. Ingram Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 countiesand beyond for more than 50 years. The college enrolls nearly 28,000 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.
Daytona State has repeatedly earned recognition as a leader in higher education. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, featured the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers and, for two years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Daytona State among the top 10in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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