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PBSC seeks state funds for new dental health building

Palm Beach State College is seeking nearly $22 million from the Florida Legislature for a new dental health sciences building as part of its legislative priorities for this year.
College leaders say the new facility would replace the existing structure, which was built in 1962 and houses the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree program, the Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate program and the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. … Continue reading PBSC seeks state funds for new dental health building

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Gene Haas Foundation awards PBSC $20K for scholarships

More scholarship assistance is on the way for students in Palm Beach State College’s Machining Technology Program.
The College has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship grant award from the Gene Haas Foundation to help cover the educational expenses of students in the 1500 clock-hour postsecondary adult vocational program. This is the second award that Palm Beach State has received since 2015 from the California-based foundation, bringing the total to $40,000. So far, the Palm Beach State College Foundation, … Continue reading Gene Haas Foundation awards PBSC $20K for scholarships

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Parker announces couple’s $1 million gift at her investiture

During the investiture ceremony Thursday officially installing her as Palm Beach State College’s fifth president, Ava L. Parker, J.D., announced a $1 million gift to the College from a Palm Beach Gardens couple who have a passion for education.
Themed “Investing in a New Vision,” the academic ceremony drew more than 500 people to the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, including the Florida College System chancellor, college and university presidents, lawmakers and business leaders. … Continue reading Parker announces couple’s $1 million gift at her investiture

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Grand opening held for PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus

Palm Beach State College held the grand opening ceremony Tuesday for its new Dennis P. Gallon campus in Loxahatchee Groves named in honor of its former president.
A standing room only crowd packed the lecture hall for the ceremony and ribbon cutting. Others watched the live stream on TV monitors in the hallways of the first three-story, 50,000-square-foot building on the College’s fifth campus.
One by one, College leaders and state and local elected officials stepped up to a microphone, … Continue reading Grand opening held for PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus

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Investiture of PBSC President Ava L. Parker set for March 2

The investiture of Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., will be held March 2, culminating weeklong activities that correspond with the opening of the fifth campus in Loxahatchee Groves and a new era in the College’s history.
The presidential investiture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. It is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP at www.palmbeachstate.edu/NewVision.Continue reading Investiture of PBSC President Ava L. Parker set for March 2

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Grand opening ceremony Feb. 28 for new PBSC campus

Editor’s note: Because of the overwhelming response, the College cannot accept additional RSVPs for the ceremony. We welcome those interested to watch the live stream at www.palmbeachstate.edu.
Palm Beach State College is holding a grand opening ceremony Feb. 28 for its new campus in Loxahatchee Groves. More than 600 students will begin classes there the day before.
The grand opening ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and include a ribbon cutting and tours of the first 50,000-square-foot, … Continue reading Grand opening ceremony Feb. 28 for new PBSC campus

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Gov. Scott appoints Miedema to PBSC Board of Trustees

When the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees holds its next regular meeting March 14, there will be a new face at the dais.
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Barbara Miedema, vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, to the five-member board. She replaces attorney William Berger, a PBSC trustee since 2007, whose most recent term had expired. Miedema is appointed for a term that began Feb. … Continue reading Gov. Scott appoints Miedema to PBSC Board of Trustees

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Williams named Lake Worth campus student services dean

Palm Beach State College’s national search for a new dean of student services for the Lake Worth campus ended internally with the appointment of Van Williams, who served as an assistant dean for the last three years.
The Army veteran with 18 years of higher education experience was chosen from four finalists for the position that drew 283 applicants. He replaced Penny McIsaac, who retired in January after 18 years in the role.
“The candidate pool was very impressive, … Continue reading Williams named Lake Worth campus student services dean

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PBSC alums win scholarships worth $200K for grad school

The doors of educational opportunity continue to swing wide open for two Palm Beach State Honors College alumna who have been awarded their second scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, this time to cover up to $200,000 of their graduate school expenses.
Maria “Mili” Chapado, a 2012 A.A. degree graduate and Patricia Medina, a former student trustee and 2015 A.A. degree graduate, have each been awarded a Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.Continue reading PBSC alums win scholarships worth $200K for grad school

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Faculty, staff earn statewide recognition for best practices

Some Palm Beach State College faculty and staff were recently recognized for launching an innovative three-week engineering program last year for high school students, while others were honored for establishing partnerships with local and national organizations to better assist students preparing for various workforce careers.
These Best Practice Awards were presented during the 2017 Florida Career Pathways Network Symposium Jan. 11-13 in Jupiter. The FCPN assists its members in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving secondary and postsecondary transition programs by pooling the resources of the country’s leading practitioners. … Continue reading Faculty, staff earn statewide recognition for best practices

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