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Center for Early Learning closes; new plans for the facility

Palm Beach State College is developing plans to convert the former Center for Early Learning at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, which closed this month, into a Center for Innovation in Health Sciences.
Current plans are to relocate three existing high-demand career programs to the facility: Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Sonography and Respiratory Care. College administrators said relocating the programs from the BioScience Technology Complex and the Lewis Center would create much-needed space in those buildings.
The administration decided last fall to close the Center for Early Learning effective June 15, … Continue reading Center for Early Learning closes; new plans for the facility

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Seado Vasquez tapped for prestigious fellowship program

Christina Seado Vasquez, assistant dean of student services at the Palm Beach State College Loxahatchee Groves campus, is one of 24 community college administrators nationwide selected as a 2018 Hispanic Leadership Program Fellow.
The prestigious National Community College Hispanic Council program works to develop a pool of highly qualified  Latinas and Latinos whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions with the ultimate goal of becoming a community college president. The University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences hosts the program. … Continue reading Seado Vasquez tapped for prestigious fellowship program

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NCBAA to host Juneteenth Celebration June 19

The Palm Beach State College Chapter of the National Council on Black American Affairs is hosting its 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Public Safety Training Center conference room on the Lake Worth campus and will include networking, food and a viewing of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” outside on the lawn. It is free and open to the public.
NCBAA is collaborating this year with the College’s District Diversity Council and Student Activities to commemorate the historic event 153 years ago when slaves in Texas were finally informed that the Civil War was over and slavery had ended in the United States. … Continue reading NCBAA to host Juneteenth Celebration June 19

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Two PBSC staffers join Boys & Girls Clubs Advisory Boards

Two Palm Beach State College employees have been appointed to advisory boards for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, including one who is making history.
Dr. LaTanya McNeal, assistant dean of student services for the Belle Glade campus, will serve as vice chair of the six-member inaugural advisory board for Clubs in the Belle Glade area, which includes a teen center and six elementary school sites that serve about 1,500 members daily. Her appointment comes at a pivotal time for the organization, … Continue reading Two PBSC staffers join Boys & Girls Clubs Advisory Boards

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Pain and Clouse to receive NISOD Excellence Award

Assessment Director Dr. Karen Pain and English Professor Laura Clouse will be among this year’s recipients of an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
They will travel to Austin, Texas to receive their awards at NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence set for May 26-29. NISOD presents the awards to all faculty, staff and administrators nominated by their respective institutions to attend the conference each year. … Continue reading Pain and Clouse to receive NISOD Excellence Award

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Spring graduates include 35 dual enrollment students

Kayla Kerr will don a cap and gown and graduate from Palm Beach State College with her Associate in Arts degree —one week before graduating from Wellington High School.
The aspiring forensic pathologist is among 35 dual enrollment students – the highest number ever – who will receive their A.A. transfer degree this spring. Among the group are  students from Lake Worth, Clewiston, Palm Beach Gardens, William T. Dwyer, Seminole Ridge, Jupiter, John I. … Continue reading Spring graduates include 35 dual enrollment students

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Boca Raton man overcomes coma and earns degree

When Alexis Vazquez walks across the stage May 9 to accept his Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College, every step will be among the proudest he’s taken since rebounding from a traumatic accident that left him in a coma for three months.
“I’m so excited. I cannot wait,” said Vazquez, 31, of Boca Raton, who is among PBSC’s more than 3,200 graduates who will receive degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fair Expo Center. … Continue reading Boca Raton man overcomes coma and earns degree

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PBSC graduate among 2018 ‘Faces of Technology’

Christoph Ziegler, a Palm Beach State College graduate, is among the Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2018 “Faces of Technology.” 
Ziegler, lead industrial and product designer at AVEO Engineering in Palm Coast, is among nine individuals selected because they “embody the talent behind the Corridor’s burgeoning 23-county high tech region.” They are featured in the Corridor’s annual magazine, florida.HIGH.TECH 2018, and online at www.facesoftechnology.com.
“The Corridor is proud to recognize individuals like Christoph for their contributions to our region’s high tech industry,” Ed Schons, … Continue reading PBSC graduate among 2018 ‘Faces of Technology’

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Ciucci to be honored by Western Michigan University

PBSC Professor Tracy Ciucci is being inducted into the Human Performance and Health Education Alumni Honor Academy at her alma mater—Western Michigan University.
Ciucci is among eight WMU alumni selected this year by the Department of Human Performance and Health Education for their professional achievements, contributions and service.  They will be recognized during the 17th annual Alumni Honor Academy Breakfast April 14.
“I could not be more excited about it,’’ said Ciucci, who was nominated by Dr. … Continue reading Ciucci to be honored by Western Michigan University

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Phi Beta Lambda students land state awards

Two Palm Beach State College students will compete on the national level after winning top awards at the Phi Beta Lambda state competition.
Patreace Scharschmidt won first-place in the Entrepreneurship Concepts, Management Concepts and Retail Management categories. Joshua Deese won second-place in the Entrepreneurship Concepts category during the event held in Orlando March 22-25.
Hundreds of students from colleges and universities, including eight from PBSC, participated in competitive activities in numerous categories. The top two winners in each category are now eligible to compete at the national competition that will be held in Baltimore June 23-26. … Continue reading Phi Beta Lambda students land state awards

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