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PBSC receives CTE Business Partner of the Year Award

Palm Beach State College has been named Career and Technical Education Business Partner of the Year by the Palm Beach County School District’s Department of Choice and Career Options.
The award was presented Tuesday at the school district’s CTE recognition dinner at the Marriott hotel in West Palm Beach.
Tera Hands, choice coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes  High School, nominated PBSC, citing a laundry list of support her school specifically received from College staff at career and college fairs, … Continue reading PBSC receives CTE Business Partner of the Year Award

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Drone propels environmental program to greater heights

Palm Beach State College has a new drone to give Environmental Science Technology students a close-up view of how the industry uses the popular technology for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.
Dr. Jessica Miles, a professor and Environmental Science department chair, and Rick Householder, an adjunct instructor of the required GIS mapping course, are obtaining certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the unmanned aircraft. Using hand-held navigation equipment, they will capture images and data from wetlands and other areas and use the information in their classes. … Continue reading Drone propels environmental program to greater heights

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Mental health advocate to speak at PBSC Feb. 22

Hakeem Rahim, a nationally recognized mental health advocate, will speak at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton Feb. 22.
The Harvard graduate, who began speaking openly in 2012 about his 18-year journey with bipolar disorder, will present his talk titled “Acceptance” from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in room 103 in the Humanities and Technology Center. Hosted by PBSC in partnership with nonprofit group Boca Raton’s Promise, the event aims to raise awareness and educate people about mental illness. … Continue reading Mental health advocate to speak at PBSC Feb. 22

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Accrediting body gives PBSC thumbs up on interim report

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has fully accepted Palm Beach State College’s Fifth-Year Interim Report, signaling that the institution continues to provide high-quality and effective programs, services and instruction.
The Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports reviewed PBSC’s compliance with 17 select accreditation standards, as well as the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Impact Report, and concluded that the College does not need to submit additional reports.
“The fact that we will not have any follow up reports until our reaffirmation of accreditation in 2022 is quite an achievement,’’ said PBSC President Ava L. … Continue reading Accrediting body gives PBSC thumbs up on interim report

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O’Malley wins national award for excellence in teaching

Dr. Chasity O’Malley, a science professor and department chair with a knack for infusing technology into her classes, has been selected the 2018 winner of the HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award.
The 1,700-member Human Anatomy and Physiology Society presents the annual award in partnership with Thieme, a leading science textbook publisher. It comes with a $1,500 honorarium, as well as a waiver of registration fees and an opportunity to present an excellence in teaching workshop at the society’s annual conference May 26-30 in Columbus, … Continue reading O’Malley wins national award for excellence in teaching

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PBSC to host Afterschool/Summer Camp Job Fair Feb. 7

Palm Beach State College is collaborating with public and private employers in Palm Beach County for the first Afterschool/Summer Camp Job Fair scheduled for Feb. 7.
Teenagers and adults seeking employment opportunities in afterschool programs and summer camps will have access to more than a dozen employers with over 300 full-time and part-time positions to fill. The job fair will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Public Safety Conference Center on the PBSC Lake Worth campus, … Continue reading PBSC to host Afterschool/Summer Camp Job Fair Feb. 7

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PBSC expands student access to mental health counseling

Palm Beach State College students who need mental health counseling now have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The College has partnered with BayCare Behavioral Health to provide broader and more convenient access to counseling and other services for its 49,000 students on five campuses. Through the partnership, students can call 800-878-5470 and speak confidentially to an experienced mental health professional who will listen to their concerns and connect them to licensed counselors in their geographic area. … Continue reading PBSC expands student access to mental health counseling

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MLK Celebration draws more than 600 people

More than 600 people packed the Duncan Theatre for the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration where keynote speaker Symone Sanders said “the only thing that has ever moved the needle in this country, in our communities and in our neighborhoods is bold, radical and revolutionary change.”

Symone,  democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, used  this year’s recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Leadership Award and Dr. King’s legacy to encourage the crowd to not wait until they are asked to do something to serve and improve their communities. … Continue reading MLK Celebration draws more than 600 people

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Rutherford to join PBSC as new VP of Advancement

David Rutherford, a seasoned higher education fundraising chief who also worked for more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership, will join Palm Beach State College as the new Vice President of Advancement.
President Ava L. Parker, J.D., selected Rutherford for the newly created position on her executive leadership team following a nationwide search. Rutherford starts Jan. 16 and will have administrative oversight of the Grants office, College Relations and Marketing and the PBSC Foundation.
Rutherford comes to PBSC from Florida Atlantic University, … Continue reading Rutherford to join PBSC as new VP of Advancement

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Sanders to speak at King celebration Jan. 11

Symone Sanders, a democratic strategist and CNN political analyst, will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 11. During the celebration, the College will honor four people and an organization for their service and leadership in the community.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. It is free and open to the public, … Continue reading Sanders to speak at King celebration Jan. 11

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