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DSC team earns Excellence Awards in teaching, learning, leadershipDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2014) - A team of Daytona State College faculty and administrators recently earned awards of excellence from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a consortium of community and technical colleges that promotes excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.

Professors Joy Lewis and Jessica Kester and College Writing Center Director Rebecca Block were lauded for spearheading the creation of Daytona State’s Writing across the Curriculum/Writing in the Discipline program (WAC/WID), an initiative dedicated to enhancing student literacy and communication skills.

Kicking off its second year at Daytona State, WAC/WID also is paired with a Writing Fellows program that teams trained students with faculty who have participated in WAC/WID. Their task: To work with the professors in identifying students who are struggling with their writing assignments, and provide them the extra support and guidance they need to succeed.

The three will be recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas. The awards honor those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

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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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