The "Cool" College in Daytona Beach vs "un-cool" colleges

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welcome to daytona beachYesterday I wrote a blog about what was previously Daytona Beach Community College; now Daytona State College. In that post, I made a comment about my daughter using Florida's Bright Future's Scholarship to attend her college of choice, because apparently it was uncool to attend college in the city where you were born and raised.

Well, I received a comment on that blog post by a current student of Daytona State College, who has his own blog about DSC, and wrote a post in response to my own. Apparently Richard X. Thripp didn't like my comment about my daughter thinking it was uncool to attend college in the same city where she was born. He also said that DBCC only changed the name of the school, but didn't do anything to warrant the name change that now makes it a state college. You owe it to yourself to read Richard's post, as he is obviously very proud of his school!

Daytona State CollegeI'm writing this post to bring a few things to the attention of Richard and anyone else who is following this series. And I call it a series, since I've actually written several posts about this college, and many others in the area.

First of all, I'll address Richard's comment about DBCC changing nothing but the name. I mean this as no offense, but from Richard's limited perspective, it probably does seem that nothing has changed but the name.  But I believe Richard only knows this college as the place he is attending for a few years. But I can remember DBCC when it was a very small building that barely offered a 2 year education. Over the years, more and more was added, such as theaters, an olympic-sized swimming pool, athletics program, a few 4 year degrees, and then more 4 year degrees, etc. Then other colleges such as Keiser College, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Central FL, added branches onto the DBCC campus. Then came the excellent photography department, and most recently the Mori Hosseini "School of Hospitality and Culinary Management".

So, obviously there have been MANY changes to warrant the change from DBCC to DSC. It's just been a very long process.

Next I wanted to address my own comment about it being "uncool to attend college in the city where you were born and raised". That statement is only partially true in my daughter's case. For onepalm trees at sunset thing, she DID attend DBCC. But she did so while she was still in high school, in the dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to attend college for absolutely free. The credits that the students obtain while in the dual enrollment program are good for both college and high school. And then there's the fact that my daughter is attending a private, bible college. Obviously, DBCC, DBC or DSC: whatever you want to call it, is not a bible college. But the college/high school credits my daughter obtained through the dual-enrollment program enabled her to enter bible college with many of her core courses already completed, and time shaved off the length of her college career.

So if you live in Daytona Beach, or are moving to Daytona Beach, we have MANY colleges here- just follow the previous link to view a list of those colleges. If you're interested in photography, you may consider attending Daytona State's College's photography program. You can start by taking a tour of the Southeast Museum of Photography.

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San Diego, CA

I went off to college because my grandmother taught freshman English at the local college. Additionally, my grandfather taught freshman physical edication there. Both course were required. I had my grandmother in ninth grade and lost so many friends because they claimed that my grandmother was playing favorites. I wasn't going to go through that again as a freshman in college.

Aug 21, 2008 07:26 PM #1
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I got shipped off at 17 to NYC to business school!  Didn't have the local option.

Aug 21, 2008 07:45 PM #2
Carole Lhuillier
Keller Williams Realty SunCoast - Saint Pete Beach, FL
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It's always good to hear about these colleges and I appreciate you recounting the history.  The dual enrollment program is just great.  There are so many children who are able to take advantage of this.

Good luck to you.


Aug 22, 2008 03:11 AM #3
Richard X. Thripp
The Thripp Foundation - Ormond Beach, FL

Hi Lisa! I'm posting my follow-up comment from my blog here, so your readers can see it:


I wasn’t thinking of the gradual evolution of the college, but you’re right, it has gotten a lot grander over the years, and is much more worthy of the “state” title now. The dual-enrollment thing is great, particularly for being free. I thought about using it but didn’t because I was far enough ahead in high school and had the BrightFutures scholarship coming.


You've got some good points there. I have to admit I like the name, and all the better if it's the right step for the college.

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