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The State Board of Education’s 2018-19 performance funding report shows Daytona State College has inched ever so close to achieving gold-tier status among Florida College System (FCS) institutions.
Gov. Scott Appoints Jill Danigel to Southeast Volusia Hospital District
Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jill Danigel to the Southeast Volusia Hospital District.
Jill Danigel, 53, of Edgewater, is the former captain of the Edgewater Fire Department. She succeeds Ferdinand Heeb and is appointed for a term beginning June 8, 2018, and ending March 21, 2022.
Daytona State College has named its 84,000-square-foot student center under construction on its main campus in honor of longtime benefactor and former trustee L. Gale Lemerand during a Thursday, May 31, ceremony, followed by tours of the three-story structure, expected to be completed next spring.
The naming marks a formal recognition of Lemerand’s longtime support of the college and its students, including a most recent gift of $2 million to the Daytona State College Foundation. The gift brings to more than $3 million donated to DSC by the prolific entrepreneur over the years in support of student scholarships and campus growth initiatives, becoming the college’s most generous living benefactor.
“Today, we come together to honor a man who has been a champion of higher education, not only at Daytona State College, but throughout the state of Florida,” said DSC President Tom LoBasso. “The entire college community is deeply proud and honored to name this new student center for Mr. Gale Lemerand, whose longtime support of Daytona State already is leaving a legacy that will live on for generations and continue to serve countless students. Gale, thank you for being a friend of Daytona State College and for making such a huge difference in the lives of so many of our students, yesterday, today and well into the future.”
The new facility will embody a design and function for modern-era higher education that will focus on student engagement. It will facilitate a paradigm shift in teaching and learning for the 21st century, noted District Board of Trustees Chair Forough Hosseini. “This will be a place where students can socialize and interact with their peers, faculty and college staff, and access the resources and guidance they need to stay on track,” she said. “We know that students who are engaged in college life are more likely to achieve academic success and complete their degrees. This facility is being built with this in mind.”
In addition to academic support services that include the library and writing center, the building will house a study commons, state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms and a large events center. Career Services, a one-stop resource center for career planning and job placement, also will relocate to the building.
The facility also will serve as a hub for the DSC student life experience, where students will gravitate to relax and socialize, with offices for student clubs, a game room, a cafeteria and coffee lounge, and an outdoor dining area.
Trustee Hosseini noted, “It is the generosity of people like Gale Lemerand that helps our lawmakers take notice when we make our funding requests. Knowing that our community’s leaders are serious about being partners in education, helping us achieve the kind of excellence in teaching and learning that our students expect goes a long way in Tallahassee.”
With the summer and fall semesters just around the corner, it’s time for students returning and new to college to lock in their schedule at Daytona State College. DSC offers an easy-access, no-cost session next month to make registration a simple one-stop process.
Enrollment Day on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus provides an opportunity for students to complete everything from admission to registration.Stop by the 103.3FM booth for a live radio remote featuring DJ Tremble, plus games, giveaways and other prize drawings. Our friends at TheVibe are offering to pick-up the cost of text books for a student starting this fall; enter Your Books Are On Us Sweepstakes today!
Students can take advantage of the one-stop event to complete everything from admission to registration to financial aid and have a chance to win a $350 scholarship from the Daytona State Foundation.
How it works: Students start by completing a Daytona State application, then meet with an Admissions Advisor and Financial Aid Counselor, take an assessment test (if applicable), meet with an Academic Advisor, and then lock in their schedule.
Enrollment Saturday event schedule:
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wetherell Center (Bldg. 100)
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
In addition, find out how to get some free money by attending the FAFSA College Funding Saturday Workshop that’s scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 205. Hosted by Daytona State’s Financial Aid Office the workshop will explain college education financing and help with completing the financial aid applications (FAFSA).
Academic Advisors will also be available to talk about unique academic programs such as Honors College and Learning Communities which includes Linked Classes and Daytona State’s award-winning QUANTA program.
Daytona State offers programs that link to today’s jobs and careers in the region and the state. Featuring numerouscertificates leading to two-year associate of science degrees, and associated bachelor’s degree in industries such as business, education, engineering technology, information technology and healthcare; many using instructional methods that include in-class, online and a combination of both.
- The Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS) degree is designed for students who already have an associate degree, many of whom are working in their field and looking for advancement. Students in the BAS program will learn the essential components of supervision and management, including the skills needed to assume more responsibility in their career. Salaries range from approximately $46,000 to $100,000 (U.S. Dept. of Labor). Concentrations in: Accounnting/Finance, Entrepreneurship, NEW – Hospitality, Legal, Management, Marketing/Sales, Project Management, as well as Television Studio Production.
- The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) degree is available as a standalone degree or with a concentration in Electrical Engineering. This degree is designed for students who already have an associate degree. Graduates are prepared to practice engineering in the areas of product improvement, manufacturing and engineering operational functions. Salaries range from approximately $51,000 to $78,000 (U.S. Dept. of Labor).
- The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) degree is designed for students who already have an Associate of Arts degree and want to teach in the K-12 system. Daytona State offers bachelor’s degrees in seven education fields: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Secondary Biology Education, Secondary Mathematics Education, Secondary Earth/Space Science Education, Secondary Chemistry Education and Secondary Physics Education. Salaries range from approximately $34,000 to $53,000 (U.S. Dept. of Labor).
- The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree is designed for students who already have an Associate degree. Degrees in Computer Information Technology, Computer Programming and Analysis (Software Engineering Technology), Internet Services Technology or Network Systems Technology provide a seamless transition into this new program, offered online and at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology College. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates IT-related job growth to expand by more than 50 percent through 2018, with salaries for experienced BS graduates averaging in the $70,000 range.
- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree offers a traditional face-to-face method requiring 48 credit hours, building upon the 72 credit hours which were already earned in the associate degree in Nursing program. By choosing the Daytona State BSN program, students save over 30 percent on the cost of tuition compared to the most price-competitive area BSN programs.
Students unable to attend Enrollment Day can take advantage of DSC’s extended registration hours for summer and fall classes, through Aug. 3:
- Daytona Beach Campus – 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday
- DeLand Campus – 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
- Deltona Campus – 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday & Wednesday
- Flagler/Palm Coast Campus – 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
- New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus – 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday & Tuesday
Note: All other days, the campuses are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, 8 a.m. until noon through Aug. 3; regular hours resume Aug. 6.
For more information about the Enrollment Saturday events, e-mail Admissions@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-4471.
For the 2018-2019 academic year that begins in August, Daytona State College once again plans to hold the line on tuition, with a zero-tuition increase for its 27,000 students, if approved by the District Board of Trustees at its June 19 meeting.
In addition, the college has assessed adjustments to fees, where necessary, due to costs associated with changes in curriculum, lab or clinical-experience requirements for certain programs; also pending board approval. For the 2018-19 academic year, the majority of fees would remain unchanged. Fees will increase for 46 specific courses based on a higher cost of materials required to teach them. Also, 23 new fees will be assessed for new courses, and 24 fees will be decreased or eliminated altogether. The costs for lab fees are itemized on the Lab Fee Approval Form, including the justification for the increases and decreases.
Florida Statute 1009.23(12)(a) grants authority to Florida College System institutional boards of trustees to establish laboratory fees that “shall not exceed the cost of services provided and shall only be charged to persons receiving the service.” Daytona State adheres to specific institutional policy and procedure governing the creation, review and adjustment of all fees.
The college’s proposed fee adjustments are a result of the analysis of annual expenditures and enrollment for the course(s) for each affected program. Students are only obligated for the cost associated with their specific course(s). Fee adjustments typically occur due to revisions to curriculum and course(s) and/or changes in the cost of expenditures. All lab fees are used to purchase items or services that are specifically related to the student learning outcomes and objectives of the course(s).
Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for any questions about accreditation of Daytona State. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Florida Colleges, and is an approved institution of higher education for veterans and war orphans.
To comply with Accountability Standards (64-14.060), which provided a basis for quality improvement and for accountability, external accreditors provide additional oversight of academic program content, quality and effectiveness, and faculty members play a key role in preparing academic programs for external review by accrediting agencies.
A new $10,000 grant will help Daytona State College design a system that recognizes work-based experience and non-traditional business and industry certifications for students to pursue an associate of science degree in Industrial Management Technology (IMT). The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) awarded DSC the grant to work with local industry to develop pathways for employee advancement through education, which mutually benefits employers.
Daytona State was one of 25 institutions to be awarded the grant out of 374 invited to apply. It is being funded through the SACSCOC by the Lumina Foundation for Education.
“We fuel the talent pipeline when we create opportunities, introduce clear and well-articulated pathway options and guide informed choices,” said Dr. Sherryl Weems, associate vice president of DSC’s College of Workforce, Continuing and Adult Education. “This initiative supports our faculty in defining curriculum in Industrial Management Technology that connects credentials and experiences with degree pathways. Students will emerge better prepared and guided toward informed academic and career choices, thus fueling the talent pipeline for our region.”
According to SACSCOC President Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, more than 20 percent of U.S. adults have completed a work-experience program that does not necessarily result in an academic credential, such as apprenticeships, co-ops, clerkships, residencies or clinical experiences. A similar proportion have a no-degree credential awarded by a government agency, professional association or certifying board.
The grant will allow DSC faculty to develop new rubrics to evaluate, integrate and align such credentials and work experiences so they can be converted into academic credits leading to the Industrial Management Technology degree. The IMT program gives graduates of certificate and registered apprenticeship programs additional technical and supervisory skills, as well as enhanced general education skills needed for success in entry-level management positions.
The program’s curriculum will be revised to reflect the expansion of regional workforce needs in manufacturing, construction and entrepreneurial fields, as well as address the growing demand for managers and supervisors in all industry sectors. DSC will prepare well-defined career-pathway maps articulating multiple entry and exit points, as well as certificates and other stackable credentials.
DSC utilizes the Assessment of Prior Learning Experience (APLE) portfolio evaluation to establish proof of successful achievement of required learning outcomes via documented work experience.
More than 3,400 students will join the ranks of Daytona State College alumni during commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 14, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
In keeping with tradition, DSC’s 58thcommencement will take place in two parts; however, ceremonies have been moved to earlier in the day to allow graduates more time to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends. The first ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. for associate of science, certificate and adult education candidates. The second ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. for all bachelor’s and associate of arts degree candidates.
DSC’s commencement exercises will honor over 400 bachelor’s degree recipients. Among them are 239 graduates of Daytona State’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree, which the college began offering over a decade ago, and 80 graduates of the college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which DSC launched in 2014. The college offers 11 baccalaureate degrees in business, nursing, education, engineering and information technology, and has conferred nearly 3,500 bachelor’s degrees since it transitioned in 2006 from a community college to a four-year-degree-granting state college.
Many of Daytona State’s baccalaureate recipients are working parents or have responsibilities that prohibit them from commuting long distances to go to class. Many went back to school to improve their chances of promotion to higher positions. Some chose Daytona State to prepare for change in their careers. Others weighed the substantial cost savings gained by choosing a bachelor’s degree from DSC.
The Class of 2018 also features over 1,500 associate of arts graduates. Many will continue their studies in a DSC baccalaureate degree program or smoothly transition as juniors to the University of Central Florida through DSC’s Direct Connect to UCF partnership, or to other universities.
Over 600 students will have earned their associate of science or associate of applied science degree, while another 800-plus will have taken the first step on their educational and career pathway by earning a certificate credential.
This year, over 2,000 are graduating with honors, including 539 with high honors, and 49 have been inducted into the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, based on their leadership skills, scholarship and community service. An additional 24 graduates were inducted this year into Sigma Beta Delta, the highest international recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. Sixty Associate Degree Nursing graduates this year were inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu national honor society, and 25 students were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi international honor society for education graduates. Fifteen students were inducted into the Daytona State College Hall of Fame, the highest honor that faculty can bestow upon a student.
More than 200 veterans earned their academic credentials this year.
And, 208 graduates are earning their associate of arts degree, associate of science or program certificate days before they receive their high school diploma through Daytona State’s popular dual enrollment program, which provides opportunity for high school students to earn college credits free of charge and get a head start on their college education.
Nearly 350 grads will have earned their adult high school diploma or GED as part of the Class of 2018.
Since its founding in 1957 as Florida’s first comprehensive community college, Daytona State has awarded over 100,000 degrees and certificates.
Business officers from a variety of industries will be on hand seeking to fill positions on Friday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 28, when Daytona State College’s Flagler/Palm Coast and DeLand campuses host spring job fairs.
“These job fairs are excellent opportunities for our students, graduates and the general public to connect with area employers who are hiring,” said Dean Howe, head of Daytona State’s Career Services Department, located in the Wetherell Building, Rm. 205, on the Daytona Beach Campus.
The Feb. 23 job fair at Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy. SE, is slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Employers include the city of Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast Data, Flagler County Sheriff’s Department, Flagler County Schools and Sea Ray Boats, to name just a few.
The Feb. 28 job fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the DeLand Campus, 1155 County Rd. 4139. Participating employers include Concierge Care, Florida Health Care Plans, Halifax Health, Pall Corporation, Sherwin-Williams, U.S. Foods, Sykes, Walgreens and others representing a range of industries.
Current DSC students and alumni are welcome to visit the college’s Career Services Department prior to the job fairs for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and other free services.
For additional information regarding the job fairs or DSC’s Career Services, contact Howe, (386) 506-3379 or Dean.Howe@DaytonaState.edu.
Governor Rick Scott today announced two reappointments to the District Board of Trustees of Daytona State College.
Bob Davis, 80, of Port Orange, is the President of the Halifax Lodging & Hospitality Association. He previously served as the chairman of the Civil Service Board for the city of Daytona Beach Shores. Davis is reappointed for a term beginning October 11, 2017, and ending on May 31, 2021.
Mary Ann Haas, 65, of Flagler Beach, is a retired district curriculum director of the Flagler County School District. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida and is reappointed for a term beginning October 11, 2017, and ending May 31, 2021.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.