Grants have an impact on our community. Grants account for over 68 positions at Daytona State. Many people ask what happens to a position once a grant ends, and there's good news to this: many job-seekers have come and found a home at the College because they did such a wonderful job on a two-, three-, or four-year grant. For if their skills shined brightly and their was an opening at the College suitable to the skills they had demonstrated, their temporary station became full-time! This same situation occurs throughout the for-profit and non-profit corporations/ organizations such as with interns, apprenticeships, temporaries, etc. Grant funded positions allow individuals who initially get their feet in the door to showcase their skills and become part of our College family.
Some Recent Grant Highlights Impacting our Communities:
Fresh Start ($120,275): Fresh Start provides support and services for both men and women who are transitioning from home to school or work, or are interested in pursuing a certificate and/or degree in a career or technical education program. While enrolled in Fresh Start, participants also hone their resumes and job seeking skills. One graduate stated, “It showed me how to maximize my internet skills to search for a better job. Acquiring skills equals employment.”
In April of 2013 the Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium(ACE) entered into partnership with four organizations (three institutions of higher education and one non-profit organization).
ACE has partnered with the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and the Air Force Association (AFA). DSC's ACE faculty participate with DC3’s advisory group for educational certifications and accreditation of digital forensic programs. The College also utilizes their Cyber CSI online assessment tool for pre/post testing of students. The AFA has partnered with the College to help support the cyber camps and provide access to their local chapter membership in connection with our K-12 program. Furthermore, they have agreed to allow the College to explore the use of their online competition software.
In May 2013, DSC held its first annual conference, and representatives from all of our partner organizations attended. Topics included grant goals, grant reporting, financial processes, marketing plans and a day-long workshop on our Train-the-Trainer program. During the Train-the-Trainer workshop, we also had representatives from five Florida community colleges participate. At the conclusion of our conference, the College launched a LMS website and began offering two of our four Train-the-Trainer courses. Currently, two instructors have completed the first course while a few more are in progress.
In July, the College held a summer camp for 40 high school students from Volusia and Orange counties. The camp included topics on cybersecurity and digital forensics. For this camp, the College's ACE faculty partnered with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. We had a number of volunteer instructors from various industry leaders in the Orlando area dedicate many hours of their personal time to this project. The end-of-camp evaluation showed that the students were very happy with the camp and that it was an overall success.
Other colleges who are part of the consortium are: Middle Georgia State College, who has had multiple instructors working on the train-the-trainer courses. They have used grant funds to establish a digital forensics lab. They also attended our summer camp in July to get ideas for their own programs; South Piedmont Community College also attended our summer camp and has partnered with their criminal justice department to establish a digital forensics concentration in their current criminal justice programs; and, Trident Technical College has been in contact with industry leaders in their area and attended a fair to promote our grant and their digital forensics program. Our goal is to set up site visits with each partner institution this fall.