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PBSC among Aspen Prize top community colleges

Palm Beach State College is once again among the top 150 community colleges in the nation eligible to compete for the coveted 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The $1 million Aspen Prize is the signature recognition of high achievement in America’s community colleges. Using publicly available data on student outcomes, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program chose the top 150 community colleges from nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges. PBSC has been on the list each year since the award began in 2011. … Continue reading PBSC among Aspen Prize top community colleges

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PBSC selects Loxahatchee Groves for new dental building

Palm Beach State College will build its new Dental & Medical Services Technology Building on its Loxahatchee Groves campus and relocate its long-standing, highly regarded dental health education programs to the 75-acre site.
The District Board of Trustees reached the unanimous decision during its regular meeting Tuesday after a recommendation from the College administration.
College leaders had contemplated building the facility on the Lake Worth campus, where the existing 55-year old structure is located. However, after analyzing the two sites and receiving input from faculty, … Continue reading PBSC selects Loxahatchee Groves for new dental building

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PBSC offers in-state tuition to hurricane victims

Palm Beach State College has joined other colleges in waiving out-of-state tuition for Puerto Rican and Texas students who move to Florida because of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Harvey.
In making the announcement Thursday, PBSC leaders also said they would consider offering out-of-state tuition waivers to other students who are moving to Florida because their countries, states or territories were negatively impacted by natural disasters.
“Our hearts break for those whose education and lives were disrupted by these disasters. … Continue reading PBSC offers in-state tuition to hurricane victims

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PBSC gets back on track after Hurricane Irma

Palm Beach State College reopened for classes and business Sept. 18 with a plan for students to make up the nine instructional days lost because of Hurricane Irma.
College leaders have cancelled the faculty and staff Development Day scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25. That day will become a makeup day for students taking Thursday or Tuesday/Thursday classes.  Final Exam Week, during which time students only take their final exams, will now become an instructional week. There also are plans for students who take Friday only classes to spend extra time in each session to make up the missed time. … Continue reading PBSC gets back on track after Hurricane Irma

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Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

Professors Kanathy Haney and Sandra DeMauro, two of Palm Beach State College’s newest faculty members, are this year’s winners of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award.
The recipients were announced during Convocation Aug. 21 where President Ava L. Parker and other College leaders welcomed faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest award presented by the College to faculty. It recognizes faculty and program instructors who use interactive learning to promote student engagement, … Continue reading Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

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The Gardens Mall event to benefit Panther’s Closet

The Gardens Mall is teaming up with Palm Beach State College Aug. 30 to benefit Panther’s Closet, a thrift-style store for students.
The mall is hosting “Cocktails for a Cause” from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court. The event is open to the public. Admission is the donation of gently used clothing for adults or children. Attendees can RSVP at khanner@theforbescompany.com.
Panther’s Closet opened in March in a refurbished classroom on the PBSC Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading The Gardens Mall event to benefit Panther’s Closet

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Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

Palm Beach State College on Wednesday concluded its weeklong, intensive boot-camp-style programs designed to help students polish their skills and build a support network before tackling their freshman-level English and math courses.
“Math Jump” and “Jump Write In!,’’ both faculty-led initiatives on the Lake Worth campus, required participants to spend eight or 10 hours a day, depending on the program, for five days. They spent the time getting ahead on content they will cover in their intermediate algebra, … Continue reading Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

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PBSC expecting another enrollment hike

Palm Beach State College is expecting another enrollment hike for the 2017-2018 academic year, and College leaders say they are prepared for the growth.
The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment was up 2.8 percent for 2016-2017 compared to the previous year. That means that PBSC students, the majority of whom are part time, took far more classes. The student headcount also rose slightly to 49,303 students in 2016-2017, up from 47,893 in 2015-2016.
Despite the economic turnaround and low unemployment rate, … Continue reading PBSC expecting another enrollment hike

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Bank of America donates $45,000 for student projects

Palm Beach State College has received a $45,000 donation from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Panther’s Closet and Panther’s Pantry, two initiatives to help students.
The gift was presented Tuesday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Panther’s Closet, a thrift store that opened in March in a refurbished classroom on the Lake Worth campus. Students in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College run Panther’s Closet as part of a one credit hour service-learning course offered each semester. … Continue reading Bank of America donates $45,000 for student projects

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Coleman-Ferrell to serve as AFC president-elect

Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, dean of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, will fill an unexpired term as Association of Florida Colleges president-elect this year and take the helm of the 8,000-member organization in January.
She is completing the term vacated by Robert Van Der Velde, J.D., a former associate dean of academic affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens campus who relocated to California this summer. AFC held a special election nomination process to fill Van Der Velde’s president-elect role and his upcoming term as president for 2018. … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell to serve as AFC president-elect

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