When Mara Cijulus moved from Haiti with her family to Palm Beach County in 2004, she did not speak English, but she had a vision of herself going to college and becoming a nurse.
At 17 years old and new to the U.S., she struggled through Palm Beach Gardens High School before graduating in 2006.
“High school was really rough,’’ said Cijulus, now 31 and a charge nurse at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach County, … Continue reading Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success
When Kerry Weiss, interim director of Palm Beach State College’s Fire Academy, recently reached out to Joshua Magwood about his welding students fabricating a forcible entry door, he hoped their partnership would not only help the firefighter students train to save lives, but also give the welding students a unique challenge.
“We started with a need over here for a forcible entry door,” Weiss said. “It’s very important so we can teach students how to enter a building, … Continue reading Welding and firefighter students collaborate to build skills
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
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
When Eduardo Gilces graduates from PBSC’s Engineering Technology A.S. degree program this month, he’ll already have eight months under his belt at his dream job as a drafter/modeler for Florida Turbine Technologies in Jupiter. However, 19 months ago, his job at FTT—helping to design turbine engines for the aerospace industry—seemed like a dream that would never come true.
Back then he was paying his bills with a job in the produce department of a local Publix. … Continue reading From supermarket to super engines: One graduate’s journey
When more than 10,000 psychologists and students gather at the 126th annual American Psychological Association convention in San Francisco on August 9, Jose Martinez will represent Palm Beach State College with distinction.
The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student will attend as the first-place winner of the 2018 Anastasi Research Paper and Conference Travel Scholarship Competition, sponsored by Psi Beta, the community college national honor society in psychology. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip to the APA convention, … Continue reading PBSC student wins national psychology research award
A new Barbering program is about to get underway on Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus, and the timing couldn’t be better. With many licensed barbers nearing retirement age, and millennial males clamoring for the latest hair and beard styles, the demand for new barbers is growing fast.
PBSC’s Barbering program launches August 23, and space is still available in the evening program. Those interested may attend an information session on Tuesday, July 31, from 4-6 p.m. … Continue reading Barbering program puts PBSC a cut and shave above
When six women graduate from Palm Beach State College’s Fire Academy this Thursday, they will carry with them a special bond that will last a lifetime.
Amanda Bronson, Danielle Lanouette, Tatum Fitzpatrick, Cristina Viner, Marisa Murphy and Kirsten Berthold make up the largest group of women ever to graduate from one PBSC Fire Academy class. While all hoped that they would not be the only woman in the class of 24, none expected to be one of six. … Continue reading Women learn to fight fire with each other’s support
A group of high school students is getting a jump-start on training for a high-demand welding career, thanks to an initiative launched at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade.
In coordination with the Palm Beach County School District, the first cohort of dual-enrollment welding students got underway in fall 2017, and they are nearing the end of their first year in the program. Next school year, the incoming cohort is expected to grow to 20, … Continue reading Glades area high school students gain welding skills
Six Palm Beach State College students are among 141 students named to the 2018 All-Florida Academic Team for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.
They will be recognized at an awards ceremony and receive a medallion on April 6 in Tampa.
Rosy Ayala of Greenacres, Austin Dahlstrom of Boca Raton, Amani Diaz of Tallahassee, David Fleisch of Riviera Beach, Jose Martinez of Palm Beach Gardens and Angela Pena of Lake Worth were among 133 students from the Florida College System named to the team, … Continue reading Six PBSC students named to All-Florida Academic Team