History of the College
In 1957, the Florida Legislature authorized Daytona Beach Junior College as the state's first comprehensive community college. The College was divided into three divisions: college credit, adult education and the Mary Karl Vocational School. Although one president administered to all divisions, they essentially functioned as separate entities under the Volusia County School System.
Volusia County Community College, also a separate entity under the school system, merged with DBJC in 1965. The 1968 Legislature combined the divisions into a single administrative unit under a District Board of Trustees independent of the county school system. In 1971, the official name of the College was changed from Daytona Beach Junior College to Daytona Beach Community College.
Over the years, the College has evolved from a small campus into an academically superior multi-campus institution providing educational and cultural programs for the citizens of Volusia and Flagler counties. In 2006, the college was authorized to begin offering its first bachelor's degree - the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Beginning Spring Semester 2009, the college also will begin offering seven specialized bachelor's degrees in Education. In June 2008, institution joined eight other colleges selected to be part of Florida's first state college pilot project. The new Florida College System will ultimately open the door for the state's 28 community colleges to expand their missions and offer affordable workforce-centered baccalaureate degrees
To assure graduates that their diplomas and transcripts reflect their achievement of obtaining a four-year degree, the District Board of Trustees and the state of Florida have approved the college's request for yet another name change - Daytona State College.
The College has fostered a tradition of excellence in academics and service to a growing community. The Daytona State now serves more than 33,000 students annually.
The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate of arts, associate of applied science, associate of science, bachelor of applied science, and bachelor of science in education degrees and is approved by the state of Florida. Numerous professional and academic organizations confer special accreditation to various College programs. The College also is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and an approved institution for higher education for veterans and war orphans.
The Mission of Daytona State College is to advance teaching, learning and innovation. Daytona State College, a comprehensive public college, provides access to a range of flexible programs from community enrichment to the baccalaureate degree, emphasizing student success, embracing excellence and diversity, and fostering innovation to enhance teaching and learning.
Daytona State College President
Dr. Carol Eaton
Daytona State College
District Board of Trustees
- Mr. Dwight D. Lewis – Chairperson
- Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino – Vice Chairperson
- Mrs. Donna Brosemer
- Mr. Bob Davis
- Mr. Lloyd J. Freckleton
- Mrs. Mary Ann Haas
- Mrs. Betty J. Holness
- Mrs. Forough B. Hosseini
- Mr. John W. Tanner
General Area Information
More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, our 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a world-class playground, with beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
Water sports are plentiful, but Volusia's oceanfront communities are most famous for land sports. Early automotive pioneers such as Louis Chevrolet and Henry Ford enjoyed their leisure time in the sun and found that the hard packed sand, gentle slope and wide expanse of Volusia's beach was the perfect proving ground for early auto racing. Ormond Beach, in fact, is known as the "Birthplace of Speed."
The racing tradition continues today at Daytona International Speedway, one of the world's finest racing facilities and the home of the world-famous Daytona 500, an event larger than the Super Bowl.
The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the County's western border. True Southern charm can be found in DeLand, the County seat. This unique city features an award-winning downtown filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings.
Volusia County also is the headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the winter refuge of the endangered Florida manatee.
Volusia County is about an hour's drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. It's also within a few hours drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles).
Volusia County consists of 1,207 square miles. Elevation begins at sea level and rises to a high elevation of 110 feet.
Nestled between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, Flagler County was passed by in the rush to develop Florida and is a haven from the pressures of the world. Come and enjoy our safe and majestic surroundings – steeped in a rich history there are corners of Flagler were it seems that time has been forgotten. Slow moving creeks shaded in a canopy of trees, salt marshes harboring birds and sea life and 19 miles of beaches with quaint beachside communities where you can still find solitude, all preserved for your enjoyment.
Leisure activities are in abundance in Flagler from canoeing, hiking, bird watching, tennis, bike riding, fresh and salt-water fishing and an amazing 165 holes of golf, Flagler County is the avid golfers paradise. Whether you choose to drink in the natural surroundings, surrender to the serenity of our beaches or enjoy a round of golf, it is time to relax on the quiet side of Florida.