Thursday, February 24, 2011

Online training for law enforcement gains traction

Law enforcement personnel from throughout the state now have an opportunity to earn Florida Department of Law Enforcement retraining credit online through Daytona State College’s Center for Online Public Safety Training.
The Center, which operates under the auspices of Daytona State’s School of Emergency Services, officially launched its online program in November, according to Kevin Duffy, assistant professor and manager of the online program.
“We are the only ones in Florida doing this right now,” Mr. Duffy said, noting that the Center provides an hour equivalency for its courses that allows agencies to credit students with an acceptable number of clock hours and meet FDLE requirements for mandatory retraining.
More than 50 working law enforcement and corrections personnel have enrolled in online courses since the program started, he said.
The Center currently is offering six courses ranging in length from one week to six weeks. They are:
·         Report Writing for Police and Corrections
·         Effective Supervisory Skills
·         Instructor Recertification Continuing Education Course
·         FTO Supervisor/Coordinator Course
·         Grant Writing for Police and Corrections
·         Introduction to Contraband and Asset Forfeiture
All courses are instructor led and consist of learning modules that  include a mix of reading assignments, website explorations, individual research, discussion questions, live chat sessions and other activities. Students may work individually or in groups, depending on the topic. Courses are formatted so that they can be accessible via agency computers and even mobile data terminals in police cars, fire apparatus and EMS response vehicles.
For more information, visit the Center for Online Public Safety Training Online or contact Mr. Duffy at (386) 547-9625,

Sign up now for the 36th annual Score One for Kids Golf Tournament

The Daytona State College Foundation has once again teamed up with the Kiwanis Club of Daytona Beach to host the Score One for Kids Golf Tournament, to be held Friday, April 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Sugar Mill Golf and Country Club, New Smyrna Beach.
Sheriff Ben Johnson will be the master of ceremonies for this year’s event, which also is being sponsored by Black Crow Media, Carter Electric Co., Coca-Cola, Jon Hall Honda and Stonewood Grill & Tavern.
Tournament sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. Learn more by downloading a registration form.
Last year, the tournament raised nearly $32,000 for area children and scholarships.
More information about this year’s tournament is available on the Daytona State College Foundation website. Or, contact John Koberg at (386) 258-5632,

WDSC TV to present Saving the Ocean

Carl Safina
Daytona State’s PBS station WDSC Channel 15 will present Saving the Ocean every Tuesday at 9 p.m. beginning April 12 – June 14.
Join renowned marine biologist Carl Safina, author of the critically acclaimed The View from Lazy Point, as he takes viewers around the globe to track the degradation, as well as the resilience of the world’s oceans and marine life.
WDSC is seeking corporate sponsorships for the program. Each $1,500 sponsorship includes 15-second open and close credits, as well as monthly recognition of underwriting support in the station’s program guide and website.
WDSC reaches more than 1.6 million viewers in the Central Florida region.
For more information, please call (386) 506-3269, or e-mail

Orlando conference to focus on international education

Community colleges and how their unique models for workforce training are becoming catalysts for overseas economic development will be among an array of topics to be covered at the 35th annual conference of Community Colleges for International Development taking place Feb. 26 – March 1 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
The conference is being hosted this year by Daytona State College through its Office of Global Education and Affairs.
Established in 1976, CCID helps build global relationships that strengthen international educational partnerships and promote economic development here and abroad. With more than 160 member institutions worldwide, the organization focuses on global education issues that relate primarily to two-year colleges and equivalent institutions outside the United States.
More than 300 educators and higher education administrators are expected to attend this year’s conference, including up to 50 international educators representing 15 countries. The event will feature forums and plenary sessions profiling burgeoning community college system models established in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Thailand and the Republic of Georgia, to name a few. Also on the agenda are sessions devoted to U.S. government grant opportunities for community colleges, as well as government-sponsored scholarship and study abroad programs U.S. colleges can leverage to develop strategic international partnerships.
For more conference details, visit CCID on the Web at or contact Dr. Don Matthews, (386) 506-3675,

Dean of Daytona State culinary program earns prestigious award

Chef Costa Magoulas
Costa Magoulas, dean of the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality Management at Daytona State College, has been named a regional winner of the American Culinary Federation’s prestigious Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award.
The award was announced this week at ACF’s Southeastern Regional Conference in Atlanta. Magoulas is among four regional Rusch award winners who will be considered in July for the national honor at ACF’s national convention in Dallas, Texas. The winner will be selected by a vote of ACF’s 225 voting chapters.
Every year ACF hosts four regional conferences and one national convention. The national convention draws nearly 2,000 culinary professionals interested in learning about the latest industry trends.
The Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession, advancement of the culinary craft, and the enrichment of students and ACF members. Rusch was a longtime ACF member, master chef, author and advocate for the culinary profession.
Chef Magoulas is a longtime ACF Certified Executive Chef. He also is one of 200 Certified Culinary Educators and one of 50 Certified Culinary Administrators in the United States. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the ACF. He also is a member of the Research Chefs Association, a leading professional community for food research and development.

The ACF was established in 1929 and is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. The organization is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation both here and abroad. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States.
For more information, please visit To reach Chef Magoulas, call (386) 506-3578, or e-mail