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PBSC freezes tuition for eighth year

Tuition at Palm Beach State College will not increase for the eighth straight year.
The District Board of Trustees unanimously voted June 18 to hold the line on tuition as part of its approval of the $130.5 million 2019-2020 operating budget that goes into effect July 1.
In-state tuition and fees will remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course, which is among the lowest in Florida and in the nation. … Continue reading PBSC freezes tuition for eighth year

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PBSC students create concepts to expand Armory Art Center

Students in a PBSC architecture class received hands-on experience, and three of them landed cash prizes for their ideas to expand the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.
The Advanced Design class taught in the spring by Boca Raton Professor Dharmesh Patel took on the task of developing concepts to expand the 50,000-square-foot arts education facility as their semester project.
The students unveiled their final conceptual drawings and models earlier this month in front of the Armory Art Center Board of Directors and staff and some city officials. … Continue reading PBSC students create concepts to expand Armory Art Center

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Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success

When Mara Cijulus moved from Haiti with her family to Palm Beach County in 2004, she did not speak English, but she had a vision of herself going to college and becoming a nurse.
At 17 years old and new to the U.S., she struggled through Palm Beach Gardens High School before graduating in 2006.
“High school was really rough,’’ said Cijulus, now 31 and a charge nurse at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach County, … Continue reading Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success

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Summer youth programs return to two PBSC campuses

Two popular summer programs for youth are relaunching this year at Palm Beach State College.
Summer Youth College will be held at the Boca Raton campus June 3-Aug. 2 for children 8 to 12. The Summer Youth Arts Program will run from June 3- July 25 on the Lake Worth campus with workshops for youth 8 to 17. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pre-camp and post-camp options are available for parents who need earlier drop-off or later pick-up times. … Continue reading Summer youth programs return to two PBSC campuses

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Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

Fatima Cajas was mixing up coffee drinks at Delicias Cuban Bakery when she first met Dr. Maria Vallejo from Palm Beach State College.
She had a desire to go to college, but before that chance meeting with Vallejo 10 years ago, she couldn’t see past the barriers she felt as an immigrant from Ecuador. While frequenting the eatery inside a Lake Worth gas station, Vallejo slipped her a business card and encouraged her to enroll at PBSC. … Continue reading Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

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PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

Joseph Culbreath, one of six Palm Beach State College students named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team,  also has been chosen as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar.
As a silver scholar, Culbreath, who serves as president of both the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Lake Worth campus and the Honors College Advisory Council, will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a commemorative medallion.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors the All-USA Academic Team competition annually with USA Today. … Continue reading PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

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Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

Dr. Andrew Luma, a Palm Beach State College professor, has visited most of the 54 nations in Africa, and each time he picks up artifacts that are now part of an extensive collection that he exhibits at campus events and South Florida museums.
He uses the roughly 250-piece display, including masks, men’s and women’s attire, paintings, musical instruments, robes, kitchen utensils, spears, traditional games and more, as a tool to help educate students and others about the history of the world’s third largest continent and to share bits of his storied roots there. … Continue reading Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

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Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Anurag Katyal is among six in the nation selected to participate as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative being piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
The AMATYC received a $305,100 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch Project SLOPE, a program that supports fellows as they conduct a SoTL project that is motivated by their teaching experiences. The pilot cohort, … Continue reading Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

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Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

When Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell enrolled in summer classes at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens in 1990, she never imagined that she would one day lead the campus.
She was a freshly minted Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate with a full scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College and who had plans to become a medical doctor. However, before packing her bags and leaving her South Florida roots for the private liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

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PBSC to host forum on mental health Jan. 29

Palm Beach State College is bringing together local experts to discuss the critical topics surrounding mental health and to highlight resources available to help those in need.
The Mental Health Open Forum will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in room LGA 139 at the Loxahatchee Groves campus. It is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register at www.palmbeachstate.edu/communityrelations.
Panelists will include: Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D., … Continue reading PBSC to host forum on mental health Jan. 29

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