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Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

Two Palm Beach State College professors have been selected for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
Dr. Paul Friedman, department chair and crime scene technology professor, and Professor Tracy Ciucci, who teaches health education in Lake Worth, were chosen from among the College’s more than 300 full-time professors.

They are among about 850 recipients across the country who will be celebrated for their commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration. … Continue reading Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

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Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Talking about certain health topics such as alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, mental health, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases may be difficult for some, but Professor Tracy Ciucci knows how to engage her students in the classroom and online.
She focuses on facts and community resources, and she takes a real-life approach to issues that impact college students and individuals everywhere.
“I make health as relevant and involved and as personal for each student as possible,’’ said Ciucci, … Continue reading Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

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Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

With a camera strapped across his shoulder, Palm Beach State Professor Dharmesh Patel waited in front of the Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach for his architecture students to arrive.
He was eager for them to see the four-story structure on Clematis Street given that they each had just four weeks to design their own library for a class project. Their designs would be showcased at the fall “Arch-Attack,” a juried event that Patel created in 2009. … Continue reading Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

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Florida TEAm grant to accelerate pipeline for computer science, engineering students

The Florida Board of Governors has awarded Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Palm Beach State College a $3.5-million state grant to create an accelerated pipeline for students in computer science and computer engineering.
The FAU/BC/PBSC partnership was developed in response to the  Board of Governors’ Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant program, part of an ambitious effort to align university and college degrees with the state’s future workforce needs. The grants went to collaborative higher education projects designed to produce more students for careers in high-need areas, … Continue reading Florida TEAm grant to accelerate pipeline for computer science, engineering students

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Mathematics, Magic & Mystery March 31 to April 3

With the invention of computers, visual artists began to create digital imagery using mathematics, art and the language of code. One such artist and programmer, Nathan Selikoff, will explore this phenomenon further and show how individuals can manipulate objects and virtual worlds without any direct physical contact in his presentation titled “Art & Algorithms” as the featured demonstration during Palm Beach State College’s Math Awareness Week March 31 to April 3.
Selikoff will give his showing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. … Continue reading Mathematics, Magic & Mystery March 31 to April 3

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Palm Beach State awarded Florida Blue Foundation grant

Through the use of human simulation technology, health care students can practice clinical skills without putting real patients in jeopardy. The technology promotes safer, better patient care when it counts, and has been used by Palm Beach State College for more than 10 years.
Now the Florida Blue Foundation has awarded Palm Beach State a $55,000 grant to enhance the use of simulation technology in its health sciences programs. The College is one of eight Florida institutions to share in the approximately $350,000 Florida Blue Foundation Simulation Mini Grant Program to support applied simulation research and program development to advance health care education and training. … Continue reading Palm Beach State awarded Florida Blue Foundation grant

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Quantum Foundation grant to expand PBSC Nursing program

Hundreds of would-be nurses are turned away each year from nursing schools around the state. The problem isn’t a lack of qualified applicants, but a lack of faculty and resources to support the additional students. This is a serious situation considering that Florida’s registered nurse (RN) shortage will exceed 50,000 by 2025, according to the Florida Center for Nursing.
Now, through a $322,044 Quantum Foundation grant, Palm Beach State College will be able to accept 60 more qualified applicants into its respected and long-established nursing program. … Continue reading Quantum Foundation grant to expand PBSC Nursing program

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Palm Beach State College to present Technology Week March 17-20

Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus will present Technology Week March 17-20 exploring how technology has impacted everyday life and will in the future. The schedule includes 24 presentations by Palm Beach State faculty, staff and students. The events are free and open to the public and will be held in the BioScience Technology Complex, Room 127.
In addition, there will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Claudia Chiesi, former president of Harford Community College in Bel Air, … Continue reading Palm Beach State College to present Technology Week March 17-20

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Biotech forces converging for special week

Palm Beach State College, a leading provider of biotechnology workforce education, will showcase its programs and host Florida biotech industry leaders during a weeklong celebration Feb. 17-21.
Biotech Awareness Week is for anyone interested in the life sciences. Students and those seeking biotech employment are especially encouraged to participate and bring their resumes and business cards. All events are free and take place at the BioScience Technology Complex (SC) on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Boulevard. … Continue reading Biotech forces converging for special week

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Dental Health students give smiles to 300 kids

Busloads of Head Start preschoolers came to the Dental Hygiene Care Center on the Lake Worth campus to get their teeth checked and cleaned on Feb. 7, the annual Give Kids a Smile Day. 
For the eighth year, Palm Beach State’s Dental Health Services department hosted the event as part of the American Dental Association’s national day, started in 2003. As tallied by the ADA, the 2014 Give Kids a Smile Day benefited 346,524 children at 1,525 events put on by 9,105 participating dentists and 28,370 volunteers. … Continue reading Dental Health students give smiles to 300 kids

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