New high-tech Flagler/Palm Coast building celebrated
PALM COAST, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2014) - Daytona State College celebrated the expansion of its Flagler/Palm Coast Campus on Thursday, Aug. 14, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony marking completion of a new $7.6 million high-tech classroom/student center building that nearly doubles the campus’s student capacity.
The program ran from 4 to 6 p.m. at the college’s northernmost campus, located at 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy. SE. Open to the public, it featured tours of the 24,000-square-foot facility, highlighting state-of-the-art classrooms and a 70-seat lecture hall modeled after Daytona State’s high-tech Classroom of the Future concepts. The building also houses a bookstore, student lounge, conference room and offices.
The campus addition has also added 300 parking spaces and a central energy plant.
The Flagler/Palm Coast Campus is among Daytona State’s fastest growing regional campuses. Since 2004 the campus has served an average of nearly 2,400 students annually. Campus Dean Kent Ryan said the number is projected to increase with the Flagler area’s robust population growth. “We expect that the new facility will help us meet student needs through the next decade,” he said.
The building’s 13 multimedia classrooms include, to varying levels, interactive projectors with interactive white boards; adjustable high-definition televisions with multiple display units; mobile device charging areas; and a digital lecture capture system in a classroom featuring dynamic seating.
The Flagler/Palm Coast Campus offers college credit, college preparatory and the first year of the two-year Associate Degree Nursing program. All general education requirements for the Associate of Arts degree may be completed there as well. In addition to the new building’s configuration, the campus includes a nursing laboratory, two science laboratories, an Academic Support Center, writing center, two computer laboratories, an amphitheater and additional classrooms.
Ryan noted that among the new programs to be offered with the opening of the new building is a two-year Associate of Science in Business Administration. As part of a 2+2 model, graduates of the AS program may enroll in Daytona State’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Supervision and Management program, designed to provide a flexible schedule that meets the needs of non-traditional students in the community; it features a combination of online and half online/half face-to-face, and hybrid courses. The BAS has received acclaim for being among the nation’s best online bachelor’s programs two years running, ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
The facility was designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture and built by H.J. High Construction, both of Orlando. The new building has been constructed to Green Globe certification criteria, which will cut costs through energy efficiency.
For more information about the ribbon cutting or to RSVP by Aug. 1, call (386) 506-3417.
MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.
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