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Grand opening ceremony Feb. 28 for new PBSC campus

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, three-story building on the Dennis P. Gallon Campus. The campus name honors the former long-term president whose portrait will be unveiled and will adorn an entrance wall. … 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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King celebration draws more than 700, many others online

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, was the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Thursday, telling the crowd that “Dr. King’s legacy is so significant that we should all engage in it.”
“The significance of Dr. King’s legacy is not simply to be frozen in an ‘I have a dream moment,’ Dyson said, referring to King’s famous “I have a Dream Speech” delivered on Aug. … Continue reading King celebration draws more than 700, many others online

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Dyson to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 12

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 12.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP.
As part of the celebration, … Continue reading Dyson to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 12

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PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

Palm Beach State College student Sharene Smith sat on a front row seat in a campus conference room watching her younger sister as she addressed a group of faculty and administrators.
The 65-year-old Boca Raton woman was supposed to be speaking that day. But two weeks before she was scheduled to present her capstone project – the final step toward fulfilling her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree – she had a setback. Last year’s radiation treatment for her second bout with cancer paralyzed one of her vocal cords, … Continue reading PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

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Loxahatchee Groves campus gets SACS approval

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has approved Palm Beach State College’s plans to provide its educational offerings at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.
The SACS approval is for five years —until 2020 — when Palm Beach State will undergo its next institutional re-accreditation process.
“This approval acknowledges that we meet standards of academic quality,’’ said Dr. Roger Yohe, PBSC vice president of academic affairs. “We want to have quality programs, … Continue reading Loxahatchee Groves campus gets SACS approval

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Deutch and Frankel to speak at PBSC fall commencement

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, who were both recently re-elected, will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 20 for more than 2,700  graduates.
Deutch, who  currently represents Florida’s 21st Congressional District covering communities throughout western Palm Beach and Broward counties, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 1,325 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. … Continue reading Deutch and Frankel to speak at PBSC fall commencement

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