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PBSC climbs to eighth highest producer of associate degrees in the country

With its graduation rates on the rise, Palm Beach State College is now the eighth largest producer of associate degree graduates in the U.S., climbing three notches from last year’s ranking, according to Community College Week.
The annual Top 100 rankings by the education publication show that Palm Beach State awarded 4,598 degrees in the 2012-2013 academic year, a 9 percent hike over the previous year. The College also saw a similar graduation spike in the previous year. … Continue reading PBSC climbs to eighth highest producer of associate degrees in the country

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Ponciano tapped for NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

Henry Ponciano, assistant dean of student services at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, is among only 20 higher education administrators throughout the country selected this year for the Leadership Fellows Program sponsored by the National Community College Hispanic Council and the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
The program is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinas and Latinos who aspire to move up the ranks in higher education. … Continue reading Ponciano tapped for NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

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Professors Schmersahl and Sfiropoulos honored for innovative teaching

Two Palm Beach State College professors started the 2014-2015 academic year on a high note after being named the winners of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award for their innovative work to engage students in their classes.
Christopher Schmersahl, who teaches English in Belle Glade, and Mike Sfiropoulos, who teaches developmental English at the Lake Worth campus, were announced the 2014 winners during Convocation Aug. 20 where PBSC leaders officially welcomed faculty and staff to the new academic year. … Continue reading Professors Schmersahl and Sfiropoulos honored for innovative teaching

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Students get free course, jumpstart to college in Summer Quest

With her high school senior year completed, Selena Barrera could have taken a break this summer before starting college, but she decided to get ahead.
Within weeks of graduating from Palm Beach Lakes High School, she was back in school at Palm Beach State College earning her first three college credits and getting a taste of campus life.
“Since I had one required course I felt that I should just do it and get it over with,’’ said Barrera who is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and a radiography career. … Continue reading Students get free course, jumpstart to college in Summer Quest

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PBSC student with cerebral palsy aims to inspire others with memoir

Looking for a way to express her emotions and document her life as a public school student with disabilities, while also navigating typical teen experiences like puppy love, Stephanie Lerose decided to write.
“I was at a point in my life where I was becoming really stressed out, and I needed an outlet to get my feelings out,’’ said Lerose. “I started writing things down. I felt better after doing it. It was a stress relief.”
What began in high school as a personal journal has turned into a 445-page memoir. … Continue reading PBSC student with cerebral palsy aims to inspire others with memoir

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Beachcomber editor named PBSC 2014-2015 student trustee

Patricia Medina, editor-in-chief of the Beachcomber student newspaper at Palm Beach State College, has been selected student trustee for the 2014-2015 academic year.
In the non-voting role created by the District Board of Trustees in 2001, Medina will bring a student perspective on College issues and policies. An eight-member selection committee, which includes students, chose her after a college-wide application process open to the College’s 48,000 students.
“I know there are a lot of people who applied, … Continue reading Beachcomber editor named PBSC 2014-2015 student trustee

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Palm Beach State College tuition lowest in state, sixth lowest in the nation

With no tuition increases for three straight years, Palm Beach State College continues to have the lowest tuition in Florida among public four-year colleges and universities, and it now has the sixth lowest in the nation, according to new data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Department of Education on Monday released the updated college cost list on its College Affordability and Transparency Center. Based on 2012-2013 data, the list shows that PBSC’s yearly tuition for a full-time student was $2,324, … Continue reading Palm Beach State College tuition lowest in state, sixth lowest in the nation

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Palm Beach State architecture students can do!

Stacking and shaping 2,500 cans of red and black beans, tuna and bottled water into a replica of the United States and two of the nation’s most famous bridges was no small feat, but Palm Beach State College architecture students came out on top.
Their design for the Palm Beach County Food Bank  “Canstruction” event won a “Best Meal” award and tied with another team for the “Most Needed Food Items” award.
Using the theme “From Sea to Shining Sea,” seven teams participated in the contest and charitable event benefiting the Palm Beach County Food Bank. … Continue reading Palm Beach State architecture students can do!

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PBSC professors invited to Eastern Europe to share expertise

Two professors at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton are in Lithuania this week to conduct professional development training in crisis intervention for psychologists and lecture on U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Michael Miles, who teaches psychology, is conducting 20 hours of continuing education training for school and private practice psychologists. The training at Vilnius University in the capital of Lithuania June 16-21 covers such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, dealing with loss, vicarious traumas and others. … Continue reading PBSC professors invited to Eastern Europe to share expertise

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Palm Beach State tuition to stay flat for third year in a row

For the third year in a row, Palm Beach State College students pursuing associate degrees and certificates will not see an increase in their tuition.
The District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to keep in-state tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course. Tuition and fees for PSAV courses will remain at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour.
“That trend is a manifestation of the College’s commitment to student access and affordability,’’ said Palm Beach State President Dr. … Continue reading Palm Beach State tuition to stay flat for third year in a row

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