The University of Central Florida and Daytona State College celebrated the grand opening of an expanded writing center at the Daytona Beach facility this week.

About 8,000 students, faculty and staff seeking assistance with their writing have visited the Daytona State College Writing Center, which opened in October 2010.

Last year, Daytona State partnered with UCF and received a $1 million grant from the State of Florida to expand the writing center into a joint-use facility open to students, faculty and staff from both institutions.

The grant covered the cost of renovating the 1,198-square-foot facility, as well as staffing and equipment.

Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton and UCF President John C. Hitt attended the ribbon-cutting celebration, which recognized the partnership and introduced the community to the facility’s new name: the DSC-UCF Writing Center

Sen. Evelyn Lynn and Daytona State District Board of Trustees Chairman Dwight D. Lewis also were in attendance in addition to a host of other officials. Tours were held after the ceremony.

The facility is near the Mary Karl Learning Resource Center on the campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

The writing center provides one-on-one and small-group tutoring sessions for those interested in improving their writing skills, whether it be for a research paper, essay, business letter, job application cover letter, or even a poem or story for a creative-writing or literature class. The center also features a number of writing-assistance tools, such as an interactive projector system and IdeaPaint, a mark-up system that helps writers track ideas, capture action steps and bring order to the creative process.

For more information about the DSC-UCF Writing Center, contact director Rebecca Block at 386-506-3208 or