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Solar energy project turns campus into living laboratory

Reading about STEM is fine, but for students to truly grasp how science, technology, engineering and math are applied to real-world challenges, they need practice.
At Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, students are getting plenty of STEM practice through the construction of a solar-powered micro smart grid. In sync with the nationwide trend to use college campuses as living laboratories, the project provides a unique hands-on experience for students, especially those enrolled in the College’s Electrical Power Technology Associate in Science degree program and the Alternative Energy Engineering Technology College Credit Certificate program, … Continue reading Solar energy project turns campus into living laboratory

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Jordan recognized for excellence as engineering educator

Future engineers have been inspired by Palm Beach State College’s physics and astronomy professor Lilian Jordan since she began teaching full time on the Palm Beach Gardens campus in 1997. Her contribution to engineering education, mentorship and leadership was recognized Feb. 20 by The Engineers’ Council, which presented her with its Distinguished Engineering Educator Award at the 2015 National Engineers Week Honors and Awards Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Held in partnership with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, … Continue reading Jordan recognized for excellence as engineering educator

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New programs meet new demands

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
Palm Beach State College has its ear to the ground. Listening to industry, researching trends and collecting student input are some of the ways that the College identifies programs needed for emerging workforce demands.

Recent additions to the College’s array of career programs include:
Homeland Security Specialist, a College Credit Certificate program focused on intelligence analysis, security management, and transportation and border security. Fifteen employees of the Transportation Security Administration based at Palm Beach International Airport graduated from the new program in 2014. … Continue reading New programs meet new demands

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Heart’s Desire: Career transformations at Palm Beach State

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
While caring for his father-in-law stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, David Kindred took his first-ever college classes at Palm Beach State. After 20 years in the electrical trade, Kindred had suffered a severe work injury, lost his business and was now getting back on his feet – pointed in a different direction.
Changing careers is the new normal, and many turn to Palm Beach State College as a place to begin again. … Continue reading Heart’s Desire: Career transformations at Palm Beach State

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A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
If anything defines today’s college students, it’s their goal to graduate with a job, a career-track job. But a good job in a student’s field of interest doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a college curriculum that matches employers’ needs. It also helps if these same employers are involved in developing the job candidates they want to hire.
Luckily, Palm Beach State College students have more than 400 local business partners in their corner. … Continue reading A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success

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Cosmetology graduate to compete in Syfy channel’s “Face Off”

Emily Serpico, a new graduate of Palm Beach State College’s Cosmetology program, will compete in Season 8 of “Face Off,” the Syfy cable network’s hit reality competition series that pits special effects makeup artists against each other in creative battle. The Wellington resident is the youngest contestant in the history of the show; “Face Off” Season 8 premieres Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. on Syfy.
On the plane ride to Los Angeles for her “Face Off” audition last June, … Continue reading Cosmetology graduate to compete in Syfy channel’s “Face Off”

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Job Fair goes high tech: Plan for Oct. 2 Gardens event with mobile app

Students and local job seekers will be able to meet more than 45 hiring employers at the Job & University Transfer Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the BioScience Technology Complex on Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, and with the new app, attendees can plan ahead.
In celebration of the fair’s 20th anniversary, a new “PBSC Career Fair Plus” mobile app is now available for free download from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. … Continue reading Job Fair goes high tech: Plan for Oct. 2 Gardens event with mobile app

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Medical Assisting student honored for military service

On July 1, Gov. Rick Scott was in West Palm Beach to present 187 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award, a medal for Floridians who have served in a U.S. military branch. Thomas Whelan was among them.
Whelan, who is enrolled in Palm Beach State College’s Medical Assisting program, was honored for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-94. A Sergeant E-5, he served during Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). … Continue reading Medical Assisting student honored for military service

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Palm Beach State’s Public Safety Training Center earns LEED Gold certification for green building excellence

Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices; gold is the second highest certification.
The Public Safety Training Center, which was completed in April 2013, earned gold certification for its successful use of methods to conserve energy, water and resources. … Continue reading Palm Beach State’s Public Safety Training Center earns LEED Gold certification for green building excellence

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TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

Fifteen employees of the Transportation Security Administration based at Palm Beach International Airport will be honored on June 12 for completing a college credit certificate program in Homeland Security offered by Palm Beach State College. The Achievement Ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
The Homeland Security Specialist college credit certificate was offered at no cost to the TSA employees by the TSA Office of Training and Workforce Engagement. … Continue reading TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

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