DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 11, 2022) – At their 102nd Annual Meeting, the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Daytona State College with the J. Hyatt Brown Enterprise Award. This prestigious award recognizes the College’s mission as the region’s primary source of higher education and workforce training while providing wide-ranging needs to the business and public sector communities. Dr. Tom LoBasso, DSC President, accepted the award on behalf of the District Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

“We pride ourselves on being a proactive, inclusive organization that strives for continual quality improvement,” said Dr. LoBasso. “Our mission is designed to support the needs of local communities in post-secondary education, whether that be for degree seeking students, adult education, or those interested in pursuing career and technical education. We are humbled and truly honored to be recognized by this award.”

The Chamber noted DSC’s many accomplishments and achievements in the past year, which included highlights such as:

  • Breaking ground on the new residence hall, which will be the first of its kind at Daytona State and is scheduled to open to full occupancy in Fall 2022.
  • The Aspen Institute named Daytona State College one of 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges.
  • Within the bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management, the College added new concentrations in Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, and Healthcare. The new Audio Electronics Specialist, A.S. Certificate, was also introduced.
  • The Nursing program added 150 new seats for the full Associate of Science degree, which is Daytona State’s most popular A.S. degree. Many of these students move directly into our BSN program, which has also become one of our most popular bachelor’s degrees.
  • DSC’s News-Journal Center was honored to be the host site for the Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Statue which saw more than 14,600 visitors during its time in Daytona Beach.
  • Launched Florida’s first chapter of FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), an innovative partnership that matches students enrolled in our A.S. Engineering Technology program with local manufacturing companies for a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.