DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2018) – Daytona State College marked the opening of a new Workforce Training Lab at its New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus with dozens of regional DSC President Tom LoBasso leads the ribbon cutting (center) with Volusia County Council’s Deb Denys, flanked by Campus Director Clarence McCloud and Associate Vice President for Workforce Sherryl leaders and officials on May 23. : (See photo slideshow below, including Volusia County Council Vice Chair Deborah Denys and DSC President Tom LoBasso.)

The new lab is designed for entry level training in a range of skills for high-demand industries. "With building and construction among the hottest industries in the region for growth in the foreseeable future, the college is ramping up its training initiatives with a variety of short-term course offerings designed to build a job-ready workforce," said Frank Mercer, director of DSC's Center for Business & Industry.

The first series of courses started at the new facility last week. They are designed to prepare students for careers in the skilled trades and include:

  • 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)
  • Fiberglass Fabrication Boot Camps (40 contact hours – location off-site TBD)

"These are intensive, short-term courses that can be completed in a few weeks and require no pre-requisites," said Frank Snyder, chair of DSC's School of Workforce Careers. "Some credits also can be applied to our certificate in Building Trades and Construction Design Technology."

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, taught by industry professionals and DSC faculty, are approved by Career Source Flagler/Volusia, with financial assistance and job placement help available for qualified students, said Mercer. For details, contact Career Source directly, (386) 561-9750 or

For information on specific courses and start dates, contact Mercer, (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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