DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2017) - Five Daytona State College students and graduates have been named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.Five DSC students, alumnae earn prestigious Aspen Institute/Siemens scholarships

The five awardees, each hailing from Florida, are: Susan Carchi of Sanford and Marisha Baker of Daytona Beach, both Associate Degree Nursing students; Bachelor's Degree Nursing student Brittany Canidate of Daytona Beach; and AS in Respiratory Care alumnae Ashley Kitchen of DeBary and Alexa Ciepierski of Melbourne. Each was awarded scholarships ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 to continue their education, pay existing student loan debt or support their program.

"The Daytona State community is so proud of these exceptional scholars and the honor they have brought to themselves and the institution," said DSC President Tom LoBasso. "The quality of our nursing and respiratory care programs is largely dependent on the robust partnerships we have built with our regional hospitals, clinics and public agencies. We consider the Aspen Institute a remarkable partner as well, because its work helps make college affordable for selected DSC students."

The students and alumnae were among 51 exceptional scholars representing 18 schools offering some of the nation's strongest two-year college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Such programs provide outstanding preparation for high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology, to name just a few.

Overall, jobs in STEM fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Regionally, Daytona State has a vital role in helping to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate degree. Locally, AS degree graduates earn on average as much as $45,000 annually.

Daytona State offers nearly 40 two-year associate degrees in a variety of career fields, many with placement rates above 90 percent, according to the most recent Florida Department of Education data.

Many DSC AS degree programs also will transfer to four-year universities. Or, students can continue their studies in one of DSC's 11 bachelor's degree programs in nursing, education, business, engineering and information technology.



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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Chris Thomes,

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