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Daytona State College

Daytona State College
Motto Scientia potentia est (Latin)
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
Established 1957[1]
Type Public
Endowment US$29.3 million[2]
President Carol Eaton
Students 18,013 total (2010 Spring)[3]
7,637 full-time
10,376 part-time
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and white         

NJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference

7 sports teams
Mascot Falcon[4]

Daytona State College is a public state college located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States, and is a member institution of the Florida College System. DSC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Mid-Florida Conference (Region VIII) in seven sports, including softball, baseball, men's and women's swimming, women's golf, men's basketball, and women's basketball.[5] As of 2011, DSC held eight NJCAA Team National Championship titles.[5]

DSC is home to the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has partnered with the Volusia and Flagler County school districts to form the Advanced Technology College, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits via dual enrollment. DSC offers the Associate of Arts and various Associate of Science degrees, and as of 2014 offered six bachelor's degrees: the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. As of 2014, it served nearly 30,000 students annually.[1]

Daytona State College is accredited to award associate and bachelor's degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.[1]


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Florida Legislature authorized Daytona Beach Junior College as one of Florida‍ '​s first comprehensive colleges in 1957. Its three divisions – college credit, adult education, and the Mary Karl Vocational School – functioned as separate entities under Volusia County Schools, although they all were administered by the college‍ '​s president. Volusia County Community College, originally a separate segregated college for black students, merged with Daytona Beach Junior College in 1965 at the urging of state and federal officials.[1][6][7][8]

In 1968, the Florida Legislature combined Daytone Beach Junior College‍ '​s divisions into a single administrative unit under a District Board of Trustees independent of Volusia County Schools. In 1971, the college was renamed Daytona Beach Community College.[1]

Daytona Beach Community College became a four-year college in 2006, when it offered its first bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. In 2008, the college was renamed as Daytona Beach College, then a month later renamed as Daytona State College, reflecting its transition to a four-year institution offering workforce baccalaureate degrees. The college began offering Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in spring 2009, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degrees in fall 2010, and bachelor‍ '​s degrees in Nursing and Information Technology in January 2014.[1]


The school's athletic teams compete in the Mid-Florida Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Joyce Cusack 1971 Member of the Florida House of Representatives [9]
Richard Gibbs American film composer and music producer
Herbert L. Becker American actor, magician, entertainer and author
Pat Meyers LPGA golfer [10]
Solomon Jones 2004 NBA basketball player
Dwayne L. Taylor Member of the Florida House of Representatives [11]
Jamie Watson Professional soccer player, currently with Orlando City [12]
Hal Prewitt 1976 Artist, photographer, entrepreneur, racecar driver and inventor of personal computer technology [13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "History of Daytona State College". Daytona State College Catalog. Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Daytona State College, Financial Audit, For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2010". State of Florida. February 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Degree and Non-Degree Student Data by Status Spring 2010". Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "How Well Do You Think You Know Daytona State College Athletics?". Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Daytona State College". National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Edwards, Kimela I.; Hudnell, Ineria E.; Newton, Margaret S.; et al., eds. (2004). "Historical Timeline of Black Education in Palm Beach County Florida" (PDF). The Ipet-Isut Historical Preservation Foundation. p. 12. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Merger Of Colleges Slated In Volusia".  
  8. ^ Osborne, Eleanore (May 31, 2014). "Daytona concert to honor gospel DJ and promoter Mattie Howard".  
  9. ^ "Representative Joyce Cusack". Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Patrica Meyers". LPGA. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Representative Dwayne L. Taylor". Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "One on One with Jamie Watson". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  13. ^ "A Computer Whiz Kid Challenges the Big Boys", Florida Trend Aug 1987. Retrieved October 30, 2013.

External links

  • Official website of Daytona State College
  • Official website of the Southeast Museum of Photography

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