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Boren to speak at Women’s Empowerment Forum

Minx Boren, former president of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and a certified personal and business coach for more than 15 years, will be the featured speaker at the Palm Beach State College Women’s Empowerment Forum.
The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the BioScience Technology Complex, Room SC 127 at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged and can be made online at www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE/PBG/default.aspx or by calling 561-207-5708. … Continue reading Boren to speak at Women’s Empowerment Forum

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Palm Beach State receives $2.58 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

Palm Beach State College has been awarded a more than $2.58 million U.S. Department of Education grant to provide additional academic services and support programs to further enhance retention and graduation rates of Hispanic and low-income students.
To qualify for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, PBSC’s enrollment had to reach at least 25 percent Hispanic in the year prior to applying. Although the Hispanic population has grown through the years, PBSC reached the required threshold last year. … Continue reading Palm Beach State receives $2.58 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

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Art exhibit honoring canine companions opens Sept. 16 at PBSC

A new exhibit that promises to warm the hearts of dog lovers opens Sept. 16 at the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens.
“Bark,” an all-dog exhibit, features the photographs, sculptures and paintings of Palm Beach County artists Durga Garcia, Victoria R. Martin and Nancy Spielman. The exhibition opens Sept. 16 with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continues through Oct. 17. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. … Continue reading Art exhibit honoring canine companions opens Sept. 16 at PBSC

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Palm Beach State presents high-energy welcome for new students

Palm Beach State College held New Student Convocation at the Palm Beach Gardens and Lake Worth campuses today, continuing a series of celebrations being held across the College to formally welcome thousands of first-time students and mark the start of their academic journeys.
Dressed in academic regalia, faculty and staff greeted students and their families, creating a ceremonial experience similar to what students will get when they graduate. Students heard motivational remarks from various speakers, information on PBSC services and tips on how to succeed in college. … Continue reading Palm Beach State presents high-energy welcome for new students

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Chancellor delivers more than $40,000 in scholarship funds to PBSC

Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System, visited Palm State College today, but he didn’t come empty-handed. He came with checks.
Hanna delivered three checks totaling $40,067 for scholarships aimed at relieving the nursing shortage and helping students who are the first in their family to attend college. The money is part of more than $900,000 in scholarship funds that the Florida College System Foundation will award this year to the 28 colleges in the FCS. … Continue reading Chancellor delivers more than $40,000 in scholarship funds to PBSC

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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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