All posts by Joyce Edelstein

HVAC scholarship boosts woman’s new career

Alexis Rodriguez joined the ranks of women entering male-dominated industries when she enrolled in Palm Beach State College’s Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration program last fall. Now, after receiving the Hilmor Retool Your Future Scholarship, nothing can stop her.
Hilmor, a leading manufacturer of HVAC/R tools, started its scholarship contest in 2014 to help the next generation of HVAC/R technicians. Rodriguez, one of six 2018 winners nationwide and the only female, received a $5,000 scholarship, … Continue reading HVAC scholarship boosts woman’s new career

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PBSC alum takes dream further with Sallie Mae scholarship

When Tevin Ali graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2015, he was already considering Johns Hopkins University for graduate school. Now as a winner of a $20,000 Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students, one of four awarded nationwide on April 30, Ali can realize his goal without financial worries.
After earning an Associate in Science degree in Biotechnology at PBSC, followed by a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University in 2017, … Continue reading PBSC alum takes dream further with Sallie Mae scholarship

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Glades area high school students gain welding skills

A group of high school students is getting a jump-start on training for a high-demand welding career, thanks to an initiative launched at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade.
In coordination with the Palm Beach County School District, the first cohort of dual-enrollment welding students got underway in fall 2017, and they are nearing the end of their first year in the program. Next school year, the incoming cohort is expected to grow to 20, … Continue reading Glades area high school students gain welding skills

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50 low-income adults find relief at Free Dentistry Day

Alberson Azor, a Palm Beach State College student pursuing an A.A. degree, is very glad that he opened a particular email waiting in his College inbox. It was a notice about Free Dentistry Day at the Lake Worth campus.
“It was like a blessing,” said Azor, who was one of 50 low-income adults who got relief at today’s event. “I woke up early, saw the email and definitely had to come here. I had gone to a dentist, … Continue reading 50 low-income adults find relief at Free Dentistry Day

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Chilean firefighters advance their skills at PBSC

In Chile, all firefighters are volunteers, but they are every bit as professional and dedicated to training. In fact, a dozen concluded a weeklong session of advanced training at Palm Beach State College’s Fire Academy on April 20.
The firefighters came to the Fire Academy by way of a partnership with Mutual Aid Fire Training, run by Danny Sheridan, who is also a battalion chief for the Fire Department of New York in the South Bronx. … Continue reading Chilean firefighters advance their skills at PBSC

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Kershner to be honored as hero in health care education

In the eyes of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, Robert M. Kershner, M.D., is a hero.
Dr. Kershner, who is chairman, medical director and the lead professor for Palm Beach State College’s Ophthalmic Medical Technology program, will be honored at PBCMS’s upcoming 15th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards luncheon for his contributions in health care higher education. The event will be held April 20 at the Kravis Center in downtown West Palm Beach. … Continue reading Kershner to be honored as hero in health care education

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PBSC hosts federal court civil discourse program

Role models in civil discourse may be hard to find these days, but nearly 40 Palm Beach State College students have found theirs by going to court.
PBSC became the first college in the country Wednesday to host Civil Discourse and Decisions, a national initiative of the federal courts that gives high school and college students a courtroom experience of practicing civil discourse and decision-making skills that they can use in their lives.
The students, who are enrolled in Associate Professor Phillip Mancusi’s American Government and Political Science classes, … Continue reading PBSC hosts federal court civil discourse program

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Acceptance, hope fuel evening focused on mental health

Hakeem Rahim, the nationally recognized mental health advocate, brought his I Am Acceptance College Tour to Palm Beach State College’s Boca Raton campus Thursday evening. The tour aims to create a culture of mental wellness on campuses nationwide that will decrease the stigma of mental illness, promote mental health and empower students to take full control of their mental health.
Rahim shared his own journey with bipolar disorder with the audience of more than 100, … Continue reading Acceptance, hope fuel evening focused on mental health

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Heavy Equipment Mechanics earns national accreditation

Palm Beach State College’s Heavy Equipment Mechanics program, based on the Belle Glade campus, has received ASE Training Program accreditation by the ASE Education Foundation. The foundation is affiliated with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the industry’s leading certifier of automotive and diesel professionals.
To achieve this coveted recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation by the ASE Education Foundation, previously known as the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). ASE Training Program accreditation signifies that a program has met strict national standards in areas such as instruction, … Continue reading Heavy Equipment Mechanics earns national accreditation

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Statewide group steers money into student scholarships

The room was packed with students from PBSC’s Automotive and Diesel Service Technology programs. One student received a scholarship, but all of them left with something valuable: advice from an industry pro.
Tim Calhoun, fleet director for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, presented Palm Beach State College with a check for $2,500 Monday on behalf of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators. It was the second half of FLAGFA’s $5,000 scholarship gift that represents an ongoing commitment to the College. … Continue reading Statewide group steers money into student scholarships

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