Daytona State alums finding post-graduation success
Dozens of Daytona State College's certificate and two-year programs ranked highly in placement rates tracked by the Florida Department of Education.
The college also showed impressive numbers in the percentage of graduates whose disciplines require them to pass state or professional licensure examinations in order to become employed.
The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program is a data collection and consumer reporting system established to provide two-year follow-up data on students who have graduated, exited or completed a state public education or training program. The most recent reporting period tracked nearly 2,000 graduates from 2009-2010.
The agency defines placement as those who are employed two years after graduation, serving in the military or continuing their education. Daytona State scored 100 percent placement in 42 programs. The college's placement rates fared better than the combined averages of its Florida College System counterparts in 65 of 103 programs reported during 2011-2012. Details of individual program placements can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/fetpip/ccs.asp.
Student club awarded
The Daytona State College Leo Omega student club has garnered an international award for excellence in community service and youth leadership from Lions Club International.
The DeLand Campus-based club competed for the international award with more than 16,000 Leo clubs in 85 countries. This is the first time a Florida club has won the Leo Award for Excellence, which is based on community service, development of student leadership, fund-raising and accountability.
DSC tops in preparing students for college-level math and reading
Daytona State College ranks first among its 28 Florida College System counterparts in success rates for college-preparatory reading and mathematics.
The success rate tallies the number of students who completed the highest level in the sequence of college-prep courses for each discipline over a three-year period (fall 2008 to spring 2011).
Also, the college ranked 12th in the state in college-prep writing, moving up two places from the prior reporting period, and its success rates were above state averages in all three categories.
Developmental courses (college-prep) are required for all students who do not score minimums on the college placement test in reading, writing and mathematics. During the most recent reporting year, 58.18 percent of Daytona State's first-time-in-college students were required to take at least one developmental course. System-wide it was 63.59 percent.
It's the third consecutive year Daytona State ranked first in mathematics. In college-prep math, it has held a top-three ranking since 2005.
Combined, the Florida College System had an enrollment of 903,846 students in college and vocational preparatory courses during 2010-2011, with Daytona State's share at 37,119, according to the Florida Department of Education Fact Book.
The success of students in developmental programs appears to be carrying over to Daytona State's graduation rates, which increased from 38 percent in the 2009-2010 academic year to 40.3 percent in 2010-2011. It also surpassed the state average, which stood at 37.8 percent in the most recent reporting period.
Daytona State's student newspaper In Motion dominates competition . . . again
For the third consecutive year, Daytona State College's student newspaper In Motion earned top honors in the Florida College System Publications Association Newspaper Competition.
The awards were announced at the association's 53rd annual conference held this month in Daytona Beach. In Motion, which published its first edition in 1991, has dominated the yearly competition for the last decade, placing first overall seven times and second three times.