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Stivers comes on board as new vice president

Robbi Stivers, a former banking executive with 18 years of higher education leadership experience, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of administration and business services.
 Stivers, a Kentucky native who has lived in Tennessee for most of his career, replaces Richard Becker, who officially retires in March after more than 20 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search and came on board Jan. 7.
“Robbi has an impressive mix of higher education and private banking experience that will serve our College well,’’ said Ava L. … Continue reading Stivers comes on board as new vice president

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PBSC receives $2 million to expand engineering training

Palm Beach State College is launching a new Center for Excellence in Engineering Technology at the Belle Glade and Palm Beach Gardens campuses with a more than $2 million award from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.
Slated to open in August, the Center will allow the College to expand its engineering program offerings and provide a more collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to boosting the number of highly trained, middle-skill workers to meet the needs of the aviation/aerospace, … Continue reading PBSC receives $2 million to expand engineering training

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Anti-racist writer to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 17

Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S., will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration set for Jan. 17.
 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 at www.palmbeachstate.edu/MLK. … Continue reading Anti-racist writer to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 17

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17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

Ahria Bass didn’t just get a head start on her college education while in high school, she completed her Associate in  Arts degree with Honors College distinction.
Now the Palm Beach State College dual enrollment student and aspiring neurosurgeon will cross the stage at the 2 p.m. fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 to celebrate her achievement— five months before she is set to graduate from Seminole Ridge High School.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity,’’ said Bass, … Continue reading 17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

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Mast and Willhite to speak at fall commencement

Update:  Congressman Mast will not be able to serve as commencement speaker because Congress will be in session the week of Dec. 17. 
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and State Rep. Matt Willhite, who both were re-elected to second terms in November, will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies for more than 3,000 expected graduates.
The ceremonies are set for Dec. 19 at the South Florida Fair Expo Center. … Continue reading Mast and Willhite to speak at fall commencement

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Wages of FCS bachelor’s grads surpass state universities

Students graduating from the Florida College System with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of nearly $9,000 more per year than those who receive the credential from the state’s universities, according to a recent report.
The report from the Florida Education and Training Placement Program, a data collection and consumer reporting system that provides information on former students and program participates who have graduated, exited or completed a public education or training program within Florida, shows that FCS bachelor’s degree graduates on average earned $50,892 in 2015-2016 (the latest year for which information is available) compared to $42,284 for their university counterparts. … Continue reading Wages of FCS bachelor’s grads surpass state universities

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PBSC holds grand opening for new Veterans Success Center

Palm Beach State College held a grand opening ceremony Thursday for the new Veterans Success Center on the Lake Worth campus.

About 175 people attended the event, including student veterans, elected officials and business and community leaders. U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel and Brian Mast were the guest speakers.
The 2,300-square-foot facility is designed to support veterans and their families who are pursuing their education at PBSC. It features a lounge for social and recreational activities, study areas, … Continue reading PBSC holds grand opening for new Veterans Success Center

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Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., hosted her first business meeting this month as the new chair of the Council of Presidents.
The Council of Presidents includes the leaders of the 28 state and community colleges comprising the Florida College System, which serves more than 800,000 students. Parker was passed the gavel for the top leadership role for the 2018-2019 year after serving one year as chair of the COP’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. … Continue reading Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

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Allen picked for Palm Beach Tech Association board

Kimberly Allen, associate dean of academic affairs on the Lake Worth campus, has been picked to serve on the board of a budding nonprofit membership group focused on making Palm Beach County a premier technology and innovation hub by 2030.
Allen, who oversees associate degree and College Credit Certificate programs in business and computer science, says her role as an ex-officio member of the Palm Beach Tech Association Board of Directors, will provide broader access to information technology industry heavy hitters and help the College stay abreast of current and emerging trends. … Continue reading Allen picked for Palm Beach Tech Association board

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Salzinger wins $15,000 award for artwork

Palm Beach State College Professor Samantha Salzinger has received a $15,000 award from the South Florida Cultural Consortium for her artwork, as well as an opportunity to showcase her winning pieces at an upcoming exhibit.
She is among 12 visual and media artists —six individuals and a collaborative —selected this year for the award, described as one of the most lucrative presented by local arts agencies in the U.S. The South Florida Cultural Consortium presents the awards at either the $7,500 or $15,000 level each year through its Visual and Media Artists Program. … Continue reading Salzinger wins $15,000 award for artwork

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