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PBSC seeks local support for new dental health building

The Florida Legislature has allocated $5 million for a new facility for the longstanding, highly regarded dental health education programs at Palm Beach State College, and now College leaders are drumming up additional support for the project.
The Dental & Medical Sciences Technology Building would replace the current 55-year-old structure at the Lake Worth campus, allowing PBSC to incorporate current and future technology required in the core components of the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree and the Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate programs. … Continue reading PBSC seeks local support for new dental health building

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Scholarship honors alumna who died after earning degree

An endowed scholarship has been established to honor the memory and wishes of Palm Beach State College alumna Sharene Smith who lost her battle with cancer April 23, four months after achieving her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree.
Family, co-workers and friends of the 65-year-old Boca Raton woman pooled their money to donate $25,000 to the PBSC Foundation for the Sharene Savage Smith Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Older Students. The scholarship will be open to individuals 55 years and older who want to pursue their education. … Continue reading Scholarship honors alumna who died after earning degree

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PBSC awarded five-year grant to continue Upward Bound

Palm Beach State College has been awarded another five-year $1.35 million federal grant to continue its Upward Bound program that helps steer high school students on the path to higher education.
The College will receive $270,375 a year for the program that serves 65 participants per year from John I. Leonard, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Lakes high schools. Upward Bound is one of the programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and collectively known as TRIO.   … Continue reading PBSC awarded five-year grant to continue Upward Bound

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Serra recognized by American Payroll Association

After just three years of membership, Laurel Serra has garnered national recognition for her service to the American Payroll Association, which represents 20,000 members.
Serra, PBSC’s payroll manager who is currently serving in a temporary position on the team charged with implementing the new $25 million Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, received a Citation of Merit from APA, the nation’s leader in payroll education, publications and training. She was among numerous individuals recognized during the group’s 35th Annual Payroll Congress in Orlando May 16-20. … Continue reading Serra recognized by American Payroll Association

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New dean of curriculum comes on board

Dr. Velmarie Albertini has joined Palm Beach State College as the new dean of curriculum.
She has 20 years of teaching and leadership experience and comes to the College from Barry University, where she has worked since August 2016 as associate dean of academic and student affairs. She replaces Susan Bierster, who has filled the role on an interim basis for the last two years following the promotion of Dr. Ginger Pedersen, vice president of information services. … Continue reading New dean of curriculum comes on board

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Marine surprises her mom at commencement

Palm Beach State College celebrated its nearly 2,700 spring graduates during two commencement ceremonies Tuesday, and one graduate received an early Mother’s Day surprise from her only child.
A stunned Trina McCray burst into tears when her daughter, Sgt. Lauren Albury of the U.S. Marines, dressed in her military uniform, stepped from behind the stage as McCray’s name was called. While McCray’s parents and friends were in the audience, she thought her daughter could not attend. … Continue reading Marine surprises her mom at commencement

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PBSC set to hold two commencement ceremonies May 9

Palm Beach State College is holding two commencement ceremonies May 9 for its nearly 2,700 spring graduates. State Sen. Jack Latvala and U.S. Rep.  Alcee Hastings will be the keynote speakers.
Latvala, R-Clearwater, Senate Appropriations chairman, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony for the combined 1,092 graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs and the certificate programs.
Hastings, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 20th District and is currently serving his 13th term in Congress, … Continue reading PBSC set to hold two commencement ceremonies May 9

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Haney earns AAWCC 40 Under 40 Award for local work

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Kanathy Haney has landed a spot in the second “40 Under 40” class of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges for her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help victims.
Haney was recognized April 23 at the AAWCC’s Awards Breakfast held during its annual national conference in New Orleans. Not only is she on the “40 Under 40” list, she ranks first and was asked to speak at the awards breakfast that recognizes faculty, … Continue reading Haney earns AAWCC 40 Under 40 Award for local work

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Barbatis selected a PTK Distinguished Administrator

Dr. Peter Barbatis, Palm Beach State College vice president of student services and enrollment management, has received a 2017 Distinguished Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for his support of the organization as well as initiatives to help students succeed.
He was among 24 college vice presidents, deans or directors presented the award during PTK Catalyst, the society’s annual convention held in Nashville April 6-8. He is the only Florida administrator to receive the award. … Continue reading Barbatis selected a PTK Distinguished Administrator

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Two PBSC students win Cooke Foundation scholarship

Two Palm Beach State College honors students are among only 55 selected nationwide for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Marshelle Davis, an aspiring certified public accountant who’s on track to graduate in May with an Associate in Arts degree, and Tanzina Chowdhury, who earned her A.A. last December and is enrolled in additional prerequisite courses this term, each will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years toward the educational expenses to complete their bachelor’s degree. … Continue reading Two PBSC students win Cooke Foundation scholarship

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