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Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

When Tatiana Vong was just 18 years old, she found herself in a challenging situation. She had no job or place to live and didn’t speak English.
Vong, who will be graduating magna cum laude Dec. 19 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in project management, had moved to the United States from Batir, Moldova through a visa exchange program.
After working a week in Pensacola, Fla., she and another woman placed in the same job through the program decided to pursue better options and took a bus to Orlando. … Continue reading Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

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PBSC to hold first GradFest celebration

Palm Beach State College will recognize its soon-to-be fall graduates not only at commencement, but also at GradFest, a new initiative launching this semester.
The event is designed to give graduates an opportunity to celebrate their collegiate accomplishments and learn more about PBSC’s Alumni Network, bachelor’s programs and more.  It takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus.
“Graduation is a significant milestone for our students, … Continue reading PBSC to hold first GradFest celebration

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Living Christmas Tree to hold 30th and final show

A beloved Christmas tradition that has been a part of the Glades community for three decades is ending on a high note this year.
On Dec. 2, Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus and the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will present the 30th and final production of its Living Christmas Tree performance.
The event, titled “A Holiday to Remember: 30 Years of Favorites,” will feature more than 100 children and adult volunteer choir members from the Glades community who will sing popular selections from the past three decades such as “Holiday Rock,” “Light Up the Tree” and “Let it Snow.” It takes place at 3 p.m. … Continue reading Living Christmas Tree to hold 30th and final show

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PBSC launches new information security website

Cyberattacks are increasing, both in number and sophistication. They’re now the third-largest threat facing the world, following natural disasters and extreme weather, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Risks Report.
Therefore, the risks of not securing files is more dangerous than ever, especially for organizations. To help make Palm Beach State College more secure, the College’s Information Security Office, a division of the IT department, has launched a new information security website in conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. … Continue reading PBSC launches new information security website

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PBSC employee campaign aims to transform students’ lives

Chuck Zettler knows the value of higher education. That’s why for the past 16 years, he has made a commitment to give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s annual Success Circle initiative, a PBSC employee giving campaign which launches on Monday, Oct. 15.
“I really understand how education changes someone’s life,” Zettler said. “I have had a wonderful career thanks to my education and PBSC. In two years, I will be retiring. This would not have happened without higher education.”
The monthlong campaign, … Continue reading PBSC employee campaign aims to transform students’ lives

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PBSC events dedicated to disability awareness

In 2017, only 18.7 percent of people with a disability were employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To raise awareness of job seekers with disabilities, their needs, and how they can be productive members of the workforce, Palm Beach State College will host several events across the various campuses this month in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The events are sponsored by the College’s Disability Support Services and include a dinner, … Continue reading PBSC events dedicated to disability awareness

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Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

Since her arrival at Palm Beach State College in 2009, Dr. Becky Mercer has been a staunch advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
She not only enthusiastically encourages students to consider STEM careers, she develops STEM programs for children to inspire the next generation of innovators and creators.
For her work, Mercer will receive a STEM Innovation Award from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The award will be presented during a ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. … Continue reading Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

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PBSC expands food pantry to help students in need

Even though Palm Beach County is known for its vast wealth, one in six residents do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.
Since the majority of Palm Beach State College students are residents of the county, they too may be struggling to get enough to eat.
To help ensure they have this basic need met, the College has relocated and expanded its food pantry, now called Panther’s Pantry. … Continue reading PBSC expands food pantry to help students in need

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Bender accepted into leadership program

Jessica Bender, auxiliary services and college card manager, is among 59 professionals accepted into the 2018-19 Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) Engage program.
The Leadership Engage program is a highly-competitive 10-month program which offers participants a powerful new network and a transformative learning experience, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.
According to Marlee Brannock, events and marketing manager for LPBC, the organization received a record number of applicants this year.  She was selected by a committee for her professional leadership and service. … Continue reading Bender accepted into leadership program

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Art galleries kick off fall season Sept. 18

Art enthusiasts can expect to be moved this fall by three exhibits that cover a range of topics including  sexual assault and its affect on victims.
The exhibits, which will be displays at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus and The Gallery at Lake Worth Campus, showcase stories, ideas and perceptions through paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design and more. They are free and open to the public and feature artwork created by PBSC students and community artists. … Continue reading Art galleries kick off fall season Sept. 18

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