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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 19, 2014) - Two Daytona State College officials were honored as “Hometown Heroes” on Thursday, June 19, during a banquet kicking off the Daytona Beach area’s annual Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education, achievement and community involvement. The recognition of Hometown Heroes is to educate and show by example the accomplishments of people of any stature contributing to their community’s success and growth, giving unselfishly of themselves and inspiring others.

Isalene Montgomery, vice president and chief financial officer for the college, and Costa Magoulas, dean of Daytona State’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Management, were honored for their contributions in the field of education, as well as for the lives they have touched and influenced. They were among 24 individuals identified as 2014 Hometown Heroes by local Juneteenth organizers.

Montgomery joined the college in 2001. Prior to her overseeing the college’s fiscal operations, she was director of Daytona State’s Women’s Center (now called the Center for Women and Men) and broadened the program’s scope to provide educational and supportive services to both genders, including non-traditional students, displaced homemakers, single parents, pregnant teens, first-generation college students and at-risk youth who had dropped out of school.

Magoulas is a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the World Association of Cooks. He holds certifications as a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, and Certified Culinary Administrator. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, which is the honor society of the ACF with only 5,000 members worldwide. Juneteenth organizers noted his dedication to helping students by sharing his industry experiences and training, and helping them to succeed in their career choices and achieve their goals.

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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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