Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jobs Expo lauded as a success

Organizers of a college jobs expo on the Daytona Beach Campus earlier this month are calling the event a success. Kenneth Matthews, Daytona State’s associate director of student development, noted that the fair, held in the Mori Hosseini Center, was attended by a total 279 current students and 42 alumni, as well as 53 members of the general public. Thirty nine employers participating in the fair conducted a total 54 on-site interviews and received 737 job applications.

L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship to feature guest speaker

Andy Smith
The L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship at Daytona State College will present Mr. Andy Smith as part of its Entrepreneurs Make America Great Series on April 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event, to be held in the Mori Hosseini Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., is free and open to the public.

Mr. Smith is an accountant, investment banker, and co-founder and president of Houlihan Capital, a global investment bank, restructuring and valuation services firm focused on providing financial and transactional advisory services for its more than 600 public and private corporate clients. It has offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

He will share his perspectives and stories of working closely with dozens of leading entrepreneurs during the past 30 years, where he has helped them build and then profitably sell their businesses.

To reserve a seat for the event, please contact the Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College at (386) 506-4723, e-mail:

Daytona State to host Engineering Technology forum at ATC

The College of Engineering Technology and Occupational Programs at Daytona State will host the spring meeting of the Florida Forum on Engineering Technology, April 7-8, at the Advanced Technology College.

The forum is a semi-annual two-day meeting of community college engineering technology department heads and faculty, many who are members of the Florida Advanced Technological Education Association (FLATE). The organization is a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing which works to develop industry partnerships, workforce opportunities and educational synergy throughout the state. Daytona State is among the organization’s 10 member educational institutions.

The forum will focus largely on technology education issues, including curriculum frameworks, new programs, grant opportunities, professional development and how the FLATE consortium can support the state’s economic development. It also will feature guest speaker Andy Schwalb, vice president and chief information and technology officer for NASCAR and NASCAR Media Group.

The ATC is located at 1770 Technology Blvd., off Williamson Blvd. just north of its intersection with LPGA Blvd.

Learn more about FLATE and the Engineering Technology Forum on the Web at or contact Jack Selter at (386) 506-4177, e-mail:

Commencement ceremonies being revamped

If you’ve attended a Daytona State College commencement ceremony in recent years, you already realize that they’ve grown into events of epic proportions - and time consumption – due to enrollment growth producing record numbers of graduates.

In order to better accommodate our graduates and their guests, the college this year will conduct three ceremonies:

Associate of Arts graduates – Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in the Daytona Beach Ocean Center.

Baccalaureate, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Certificate graduates – Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Daytona Beach Ocean Center.

Adult High School graduates – May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the L. Gale Lemerand Center on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

College of Education to offer online ESE proficiency program for working teachers

Daytona State’s College of Education will begin offering an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Online Proficiency Program beginning Summer B and Fall A terms, as part of a federally funded Florida Department of Education grant for professional development.

The program is being coordinated by College of Education professor Dr. Maryann Gromoll and Indian River State College professor Dr. Kim Zgonc, who also is an adjunct education professor at Daytona State. It is open to secondary general education teachers working in Volusia, Flagler, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Martin counties.

The program is designed to prepare secondary general education teachers to pass the ESE certification test and earn the highly qualified in ESE state designation. It will consist of four online courses totaling 12 credit hours, including an introductory course, as well as courses in behavior management, career/vocational assessment and planning, and differentiated instruction.

Up to 28 scholarships will be provided to secondary general education teachers who enroll in the program to help defray costs.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gromoll at (386) 506-3546, e-mail: