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The education system works jointly with business to ensure curriculum and degree programs meet the industry needs of today and tomorrow. A consortium representing the private sector and K-12 to post-secondary are working together as the Volusia Career Connection Cadre. Volusia County Public Schools and the Cadre have garnered interest from the Ford Fund for its innovative learning practices.
Volusia County has nine regionally-accredited colleges and universities, with over 30,000 students enrolled in a variety of degree programs. These institutions offer a diverse focus of academic programs, which produces well-educated professionals. Volusia County institutions have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings.
Daytona State College is ranked #2 in Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is ranked #5 in Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide and ranked #10 in Best Regional Universities (South).
Bethune-Cookman University is ranked #35 in Best Regional Colleges (South).
Stetson University is ranked #6 in Best Regional Universities (South).
University of Central Florida is ranked as the #3 Best Up and Coming School and the #50 Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide.
Volusia County Schools is the public school district for Volusia County and its 16 cities. The district is the 57th largest school district in the United States and serves 62,000 students. The district is composed of 46 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 10 high schools and 7 alternative schools.
2012-2013 Volusia County School District Accomplishments:
For the 2012 - 2013 school year, Volusia County Schools featured 32 career academies integrated into all 10 High Schools that combine college-preparatory curriculum with career focus. The programs of studies are Health & Human Services, Engineering & Manufacturing, Communication & the Arts, Business & Marketing, and Agriscience & Biotechnology