All posts by Joyce Edelstein

Griffis speaks at DeSantis’ Florida Deregathon

Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t wait long to take action on his campaign promise to reduce regulations that make it hard for Floridians to enter or remain in a profession or start a business. He invited the members of Florida’s 23 professional licensing boards to Valencia College in Orlando on Jan. 31 for the first “Florida Deregathon,” and Palm Beach State College’s Rhonda Griffis was there.
Griffis, PBSC’s interim program director for Cosmetology, acted in her role as chair of the Florida State Board of Cosmetology and spoke for her profession at the daylong workshop. … Continue reading Griffis speaks at DeSantis’ Florida Deregathon

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PBSC moves up in top 10 rankings for veterans services

Palm Beach State College has earned national top 10 rankings from two prestigious military publishers for the second consecutive year. Viqtory and Military Times have placed PBSC fourth and seventh respectively on their lists of the best higher education institutions for veterans, which in turn makes PBSC the highest-ranking Florida school in its category.
Viqtory, formerly known as Victory Media, has again designated PBSC a Gold “Top 10” Military Friendly® School, the highest level, … Continue reading PBSC moves up in top 10 rankings for veterans services

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Business partnership aims to turn on the talent tap

Looking to increase the flow of talent in its workforce pipeline, Niagara Bottling LLC has partnered with Palm Beach State College’s Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology programs, providing a commitment of paid internships and $39,000 worth of training equipment to help prepare students for careers in its advanced manufacturing operations.
Eight students, along with faculty and staff, toured the company’s Jupiter facility earlier this month, which is one of 32 worldwide. As the leading bottler of private label water in the world—with clients like Costco, … Continue reading Business partnership aims to turn on the talent tap

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From supermarket to super engines: One graduate’s journey

When Eduardo Gilces graduates from PBSC’s Engineering Technology A.S. degree program this month, he’ll already have eight months under his belt at his dream job as a drafter/modeler for Florida Turbine Technologies in Jupiter. However, 19 months ago, his job at FTT—helping to design turbine engines for the aerospace industry—seemed like a dream that would never come true.
Back then he was paying his bills with a job in the produce department of a local Publix. … Continue reading From supermarket to super engines: One graduate’s journey

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Electrician student, fastest in state, to compete nationally

Sparks of excitement are flying in PBSC’s Residential and Commercial Electrician program—and for good reason. Agapito Arvizu, Jr. has placed first among Florida electrician students and apprentices in the 2018 IDEAL National Championship, giving him the chance to win $30,000 when he represents the state at the competition finals in Orlando Dec. 1-3.
Sponsored by IDEAL Electrical, a leading manufacturer of electrical tools, this annual race-against-the-clock competition determines the best electrical professionals and students/apprentices in North America and awards more than $600,000 in cash and prizes to the champions. … Continue reading Electrician student, fastest in state, to compete nationally

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Highsmith joins Florida Career Pathways Network board

Lynnmarie Gomes Highsmith, a Trade and Industry program director at Palm Beach State College, has become a board member of the Florida Career Pathways Network. FCPN is the state’s leading organization devoted to advancing best practices in career and technical education in high schools, colleges and adult education.
Highsmith’s PBSC colleague Clarisse Peteza-May recommended her for the appointment. Peteza-May, an academic coordinator who manages the College’s articulation agreements with the Palm Beach County School District, … Continue reading Highsmith joins Florida Career Pathways Network board

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Gene Haas Foundation keeps up aid for machining students

Palm Beach State College’s Machining Technology Program has once again received a scholarship grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The $10,000 grant will enable more students to gain in-demand skills.
The scholarship grant is the third award that PBSC has received from the foundation, following awards in 2015 and 2017, bringing the total to $50,000. As in past years, the award will help defray the educational expenses of students in the 1500 clock-hour postsecondary adult vocational program, … Continue reading Gene Haas Foundation keeps up aid for machining students

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USPS to salute first responders at stamp ceremony Nov. 15

The United States Postal Service will recognize Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety programs during a special dedication ceremony Nov. 15 for its recently issued Forever stamp, “Honoring First Responders.” The College trains the most first responders in Palm Beach County.
The ceremony, which takes place at 2 p.m. in the Public Safety Conference Center on the Lake Worth campus, also will pay tribute to the College’s partner county agencies in law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical services and fire rescue. … Continue reading USPS to salute first responders at stamp ceremony Nov. 15

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PBSC honors employees for going ‘above and beyond’

Two faculty members and one staff member received Palm Beach State College’s Bravo Award, the top honor for employees, at the annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony this morning at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus.
Professors Michelle Biferie and Dr. Sankaranarayana Chandramohan and Counseling Center Representative Sheila Nichols were selected from a collegewide pool of 23 contenders nominated by their PBSC colleagues. All nominees shared the distinction of going above and beyond the call of duty to serve PBSC students, … Continue reading PBSC honors employees for going ‘above and beyond’

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Former U.S. ambassador, alumnus to lecture at PBSC Oct. 10

U.S. presidential elections will be the topic when former U.S. ambassador and Palm Beach State College alumnus Robert M. “Skipp” Orr, Ph.D., kicks off the 2018-19 Honors College Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Orr’s lecture, titled “Course Change: Seven U.S. Presidential Elections that Changed History,” will be held at 2 p.m. in the Public Safety Conference Center, PSD 108, on the Lake Worth campus. The free event is open to the public, as well as PBSC students, … Continue reading Former U.S. ambassador, alumnus to lecture at PBSC Oct. 10

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