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Faculty, staff earn statewide recognition for best practices

Some Palm Beach State College faculty and staff were recently recognized for launching an innovative three-week engineering program last year for high school students, while others were honored for establishing partnerships with local and national organizations to better assist students preparing for various workforce careers.
These Best Practice Awards were presented during the 2017 Florida Career Pathways Network Symposium Jan. 11-13 in Jupiter. The FCPN assists its members in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving secondary and postsecondary transition programs by pooling the resources of the country’s leading practitioners. … Continue reading Faculty, staff earn statewide recognition for best practices

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Business bachelor’s degree programs earn accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs has awarded Palm Beach State College accreditation of its bachelor’s level Supervision and Management programs.
PBSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management, offered on the Lake Worth campus as well as online, encompasses four concentrations, all of which meet the educational standards required for ACBSP accreditation. The concentrations are General Management, Entrepreneurship, Health Management and Project Management.
The programs received accreditation through a three-plus-year submission process, … Continue reading Business bachelor’s degree programs earn accreditation

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Engineering students demonstrate robotic projects

Palm Beach State students Camilo Abril and Robert Cook beamed with pride Tuesday as the arms of their remote-controlled drawbridge slowly opened and closed.
Made with Popsicle sticks, cardboard, craft foam, spray paint as well as two motors from a Lego Mindstorms kit, the drawbridge is their term project for an Introduction to Engineering class taught by adjunct instructor Arthur Garcia.

“I’m pleased with it,” said Abril, an aspiring civil engineer, after describing some of their strategies for overcoming design challenges, … Continue reading Engineering students demonstrate robotic projects

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PBSC medical simulation center wins best practice award

The Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation at Palm Beach State College has been chosen by the Florida College System as a 2016 recipient of the Chancellor’s Best Practice Award.

The honor will be presented this week at the Association of Florida Colleges 67th Annual Meeting and Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jacqueline Rogers, Ed.D., Lake Worth campus dean of health sciences and public safety, will accept the award for the center that she founded to enable students to practice clinical skills utilizing human patient simulators capable of mimicking any medical condition or crisis. … Continue reading PBSC medical simulation center wins best practice award

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President launches gold performance campaign

After two successive years of earning “Silver” status in the state’s new performance funding model, Palm Beach State College is launching a “Go Bold for Gold!” initiative aimed at reaching the top echelon in 2016-17.
Focused primarily on increasing student retention and completion rates, the initiative doubles down on strategies introduced a year ago to support students’ progress toward graduation.  They include steps such as enhanced advising and communication, focused scholarships, improved class scheduling and identifying and providing certificate awards at certain completion points. … Continue reading President launches gold performance campaign

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Grainger scholarship winners get tools for success

Mitchell Ramos and Ruben Cabrera will be starting their automotive careers with a distinct advantage. Yesterday these new graduates of Palm Beach State College’s Automotive Service Technology program received professional toolkits as part of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarships they won in December. The supersized kits contain a huge assortment of tools used in the automotive industry – tools which would take a new technician years to accumulate.
Ramos and Cabrera graduated from the program last week, … Continue reading Grainger scholarship winners get tools for success

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PBSC Medical Assisting students gain global career options

The leading professional certification for medical assistants is now an international credential.
Already considered the profession’s gold standard in the United States, the Certified Medical Assistant credential from the American Association of Medical Assistants—known as the CMA (AAMA)—was recently recognized by the International Accreditation Service®.
Students in Palm Beach State College’s Medical Assisting program have been taking and passing the CMA (AAMA) exam for many years. Now this credential will give them the competitive edge to pursue the best jobs worldwide. … Continue reading PBSC Medical Assisting students gain global career options

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Partnership unlocks doors to security and automation jobs

When the phone rings with other colleges looking to replicate your program, you know you’re on to something.
Kent Hartwig is happy to take the calls. As the director of the new Security and Automation Systems Technician program at Palm Beach State College, he’s got a success story to share. The field is a hot one, most of the first class landed jobs halfway through, and companies are lined up to hire more.
The program started last August and paves the way to immediate employment in the rapidly growing security and building automation industry. … Continue reading Partnership unlocks doors to security and automation jobs

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Prashad wins AFC Exemplary Practice Award

Health care educators know that best practices in teaching lead to positive outcomes—not only for student success, but also for patients’ lives.
The Healthcare Education Commission of the Association of Florida Colleges annually recognizes such outstanding programs and professionals with its Exemplary Practice Award, and this year’s award went to Dr. Raywattie Prashad, assistant nursing director at Palm Beach State College.
Prashad and two other finalists, representing Florida State College at Jacksonville and Seminole State College, … Continue reading Prashad wins AFC Exemplary Practice Award

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Cyber Battle: Students get ready to take on hackers

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16

It’s a worldwide war. Every person, organization and government is under threat of attack, and Palm Beach State College has joined the fight.
Yes, computer hackers are formidable enemies. These faceless criminals permeate the Internet, targeting computers, mobile devices, tablets, networks and cloud-based services — wherever they can wreak havoc with personal information, intellectual property and even the world’s infrastructure.
According to the security company Symantec’s latest report, … Continue reading Cyber Battle: Students get ready to take on hackers

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