DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2018) - With building and construction among the hottest industries in the region for growth in the foreseeable future, Daytona State College is ramping up New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus: DSC to add short-term building & construction coursesits training initiatives with a variety of short-term course offerings designed to build a job-ready workforce.

The first series of courses start in late spring at the college's New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus, located at 940 10th St., with plans to offer them at the college's other locations as well, said Frank Mercer, director of DSC's Center for Business & Industry.

"These are intensive, short-term courses that can be completed in a few weeks and are designed to be offered in a flexible space, meaning they don't require a specific, dedicated lab," explained Mercer. "This makes them portable, allowing us to get more people trained right in their own neighborhood. We hope to have several courses going at one time once we get up and rolling later this spring."

Offerings that prepare students for careers in the skilled trades include:

  • Fiberglass Fabrication Boot Camps (40 contact hours)
  • Fibrous Glass Duct Construction (21 hours)
  • Exterior Window, Door & Skylight Installation (18 contact hours)
  • Fiberglass Shingle Installation (12 contact hours)
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course (online)
  • Vinyl & Fibrous Cement Siding Installation (18 contact hours)

According to Volusia County Economic Development, building and construction are set to be major economic drivers for the area over the next few years.

The courses, which will be taught by DSC faculty, are approved by Career Source Flagler/Volusia, meaning there is financial assistance and job placement assistance available for qualified students, said Mercer. For details, contact Career Source directly at (386) 561-9750 or

For information on specific courses, contact Mercer at (386) 506-4461 or



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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