Florida is the number-one state for higher education, according to U.S. News & World Report’s yearly rankings—and this year, students from all around the Greater Daytona Region proved why.
To learn more about achievements and exciting developments among area schools, and what they might mean for the region’s economic future, just read on.
Achievements in entrepreneurship
Even before they ever graduate, there are many opportunities for college students to venture into the world of entrepreneurship and bring their ideas to fruition. Stetson University sophomore Bryson Pritchard recently proved this to be true. During the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization's Annual Pitch Competition, which took place in Kansas City, Missouri, Pritchard won second place out of 150 students from all around the globe. His entrepreneurial idea: a medical device that would improve the efficiency (and, thus, patient outcomes) of trauma centers throughout the country.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, another leading educational institution in the Greater Daytona Region, recently broke its own record. This December, the school’s Daytona campus graduated its largest fall class ever at 540 students. 93 students received master’s degrees and 15 were awarded Ph.D.s, another record-breaking figure for the school. With such a large number of graduates entering the professional world, equipped with top-tier education provided by Embry-Riddle, this new record is a promising sign for the regional workforce.
An innovative approach to education
In 2019, Daytona State College will be offering students an innovative approach to hospitality education—one that blends a college education with real-world, hands-on learning. Its new 30-credit hospitality beverage science associate of science certificate comprises 10 classes, including courses geared toward producing craft beer, purchasing and controls, and much more. It is the only program of its kind in Florida, and offers students interested in this sector of the hospitality industry to get hands-on experience working in a lab that is built to emulate both a pub and brewery. With this sort of specialized training under their belt, graduates of the program will be readily able to thrive in jobs throughout the hospitality industry.
Why it matters
Florida’s top-tier status as a leader in higher education is good news for growing companies. Those who do business in the Greater Daytona Region can be proud of the efforts, innovations and achievements of local schools, since these are the institutions preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce.
To stay up-to-date with developments like these, or to learn more about the regional talent pool, be sure to contact Team Volusia today.