Grant-funded programs have a significant impact on our students. Testimonials from participants in several of these programs that target disadvantaged students are evidence of the positive outcomes being attained:
Upward Bound (UB) West ($250,000): Upward Bound prepares high school students for college through academic support, tutoring, and enrichment activities including a six-week campus experience each summer. One Upward Bound dual-enrolled high school senior has received college acceptance letters from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Harvard, US Air Force Academy, US Naval Academy, and Yale. Three Upward Bound students were inducted into the National Honor Society at Pine Ridge High School on September 13, 2012.
Adult General Education ($640,618) and Perkins Postsecondary 2012-13 ($1,250,246): Both of these grants assist students to prepare for and transition to college and expose students to career pathways. One student stated that, “The flexibility of the GED program and college classes makes it possible to succeed even for a student like me with English as a second language. The language was really a big problem. This could be a great encouragement for students from different backgrounds.”
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education: Daytona State continues to pursue grants in this field. The College currently has two (2) National Science Foundation grants that assist students to obtain scholarship money in these fields, but funding also assists faculty and staff with programmatic plans and curriculum design. View the following video that demonstrates why STEM education is so important in our ever-changing technologically-based world: