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130509_dt_briefs01Coach to serve as Keynote for Baccalaureate

Bishop “Coach” George E. Butts, Sr. will be the keynote speaker for Atlantic High School’s Baccalaureate.  Coach Butts is the head coach of the Lady Sharks Varsity Basketball Team and has been an employee of Volusia County Schools for more than 25 years.  He is also the pastor of New Heart Christian Center in Daytona.  Baccalaureate Service is Monday, May 20, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Port Orange.

Babysitting Boot camp being offered
Have someone who wants to start babysitting, or already does and hasn’t had a course to teach them some safety skills? The Daytona Beach Christian Drive-in Church, located in Daytona Beach, is offering a “Babysitting Boot Camp.”

This Child and Babysitting Safety Course is being offered to those ages 11-17. The course will be held on June 1 and includes CPR/First Aid, first responder training, babysitting business planning, basic care and feeding. A 2-year certification from the American Heart Association will be provided upon completion.

Call for further information call 386-299-4425.

Veterans invited to tell their stories at Daytona Beach library
Are you a military veteran or civilian who was actively involved in supporting American war efforts? If so, stop by the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. at 10 a.m., May 22, to learn how you can record your story as part of the nationwide Veterans History Project.

The Veterans History Project is a community engagement initiative designed to gather the first-hand recollections of the men and women who served our nation during wartime so future generations may better understand the realities of war. The project is being conducted by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Meredith Stevens of Halifax Health Hospice will provide information and answer questions about the project. Program attendees will be able to sign up for an appointment to record their stories at the library. Light refreshments will be served.

U.S. veterans and supporting citizen civilians from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are invited to participate.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Library. For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Registration for summer driver education begins May 6
Special to the Daytona Times – Registration for the 2013 Summer Driver Education program has begun at all high schools.  Students interested in earning credit in Driver Education must register at their home high school.  There is no fee for the program and students will earn a ½ elective credit and a paperless waiver of the road test for an operators license.  Registration forms and driver education brochures are available in each high school’s guidance department.  Students must have a learners permit to enroll in this program.

The summer program will begin on July 9 and will end on July 24 with no classes being scheduled on Fridays. Student hours will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Students will need to bring a lunch each day and wear closed toe shoes.

The program will be offered at the following high schools (pending enrollment figures and teacher availability):

• Atlantic High, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
• DeLand  High, 800 North Hill Ave., DeLand
• Deltona High, 100 Wolf Pack  Run, Deltona
• Mainland  High, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
• New Smyrna Beach High, 1015 Tenth Street, New Smyrna Beach
• Pine Ridge High, 925 Howland Blvd., Deltona
• Seabreeze High, 2700 North Oleander Ave., Daytona Beach
• Spruce Creek High, 801 Taylor Road, Port Orange
• University High, 1000 West Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If the class meets the enrollment capacity a waiting list will be started.  Funding for this program is made available through the Dori Slosberg Driver Education Trust Fund.  No district funds will be used to fund this program.

For more information regarding this program, students should contact their home high school.

Milestones abound with Class of 2013
Special to the Daytona Times – More than 4,200 students will be added to the ranks of Daytona State College alumni during commencement ceremonies to be held Monday, May 13, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Another 552 candidates who are expected to graduate by summer’s end also will be recognized.

This year’s commencement will take place in two parts, with ceremonies for associate of arts and baccalaureate degree students scheduled at 2 p.m. and for associate of science, associate of applied science, certificate and adult education students at 6:30 p.m.

Bachelor degrees to be awarded
Monday’s commencement will honor 410 bachelor’s degree recipients, along with another 71 expected to complete their degree this summer. Among them are 269 graduates of Daytona State’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree, marking a milestone of over 1,100 students who have earned the credential since it was launched in 2006 as the college’s first baccalaureate degree offering. Since then, Daytona State has added eight additional bachelor’s degrees in Education and Engineering Technology. Monday’s commencement will bring to nearly 1,500 the number of graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree at Daytona State, including candidates for summer semester graduation, since the institution transitioned from a community college to a four-year-degree-granting state college.

The Class of 2013 also features nearly 2,000 associate of arts graduates, including seven who were named to the state’s All-Florida Academic Team. More than 2,100 students, including candidates for summer 2013 graduation, will have earned their associate of science, associate of applied science or certificate credentials.

Since its founding in 1957 as Florida’s first comprehensive community college, Daytona State has awarded more than 86,000 degrees and certificates.

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