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Jupiter Middle students get PBSC campus tour in Spanish

By Jesus Cruz
A group of Spanish-speaking eighth grade English Language Learner (ELL) students from Jupiter Middle School recently had the chance to tour Palm Beach State College’s campus in Palm Beach Gardens. The tour was conducted in Spanish, a unique opportunity not often extended to students at such a young age.
“We are very excited to have this partnership with PBSC because it allows our ELL students to see what is possible for them,” said Lisa Hastey, … Continue reading Jupiter Middle students get PBSC campus tour in Spanish

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Roth replaces Mast as morning commencement speaker

With Congress preparing to go into session later this month, State Rep. Rick Roth has been tapped to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Mast as speaker at the morning commencement ceremony Dec. 19 for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and the certificate programs. The session was moved due to the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at the South Florida Fair Expo Center in West Palm Beach. … Continue reading Roth replaces Mast as morning commencement speaker

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Mast and Willhite to speak at fall commencement

Update:  Congressman Mast will not be able to serve as commencement speaker because Congress will be in session the week of Dec. 17. 
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and State Rep. Matt Willhite, who both were re-elected to second terms in November, will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies for more than 3,000 expected graduates.
The ceremonies are set for Dec. 19 at the South Florida Fair Expo Center. … Continue reading Mast and Willhite to speak at fall commencement

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Electrician student, fastest in state, to compete nationally

Sparks of excitement are flying in PBSC’s Residential and Commercial Electrician program—and for good reason. Agapito Arvizu, Jr. has placed first among Florida electrician students and apprentices in the 2018 IDEAL National Championship, giving him the chance to win $30,000 when he represents the state at the competition finals in Orlando Dec. 1-3.
Sponsored by IDEAL Electrical, a leading manufacturer of electrical tools, this annual race-against-the-clock competition determines the best electrical professionals and students/apprentices in North America and awards more than $600,000 in cash and prizes to the champions. … Continue reading Electrician student, fastest in state, to compete nationally

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PBSC payroll team wins national award

Palm Beach State College’s payroll team has won a national Prism Award for implementing new and streamlined processes that collectively saved the College over a half-million dollars.
Laurel Serra, payroll director, accepted the award from the American Payroll Association during the organization’s Payroll Leaders Conference held Nov. 7-9 in Las Vegas.
APA’s Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force (SPLTF) presents Prism Awards to payroll organizations of any size from across the United States who have demonstrated leadership in the following best practices categories: Technology, … Continue reading PBSC payroll team wins national award

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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 staff garner AFC awards at annual conference

Palm Beach State College staff received several awards at the Association of Florida Colleges 69th Annual Meeting and Conference, including five for excellence in communications and others for leadership and service.
The awards were presented at various times during the conference held Nov. 7-9 in Orlando. Jim Robinette, instructional designer on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, received a Presidential Leadership Award for renting a truck and driving non-perishable food collected at last year’s conference in Palm Harbor to Key Largo for Hurricane Irma victims. … Continue reading PBSC staff garner AFC awards at annual conference

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Gene Haas Foundation keeps up aid for machining students

Palm Beach State College’s Machining Technology Program has once again received a scholarship grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The $10,000 grant will enable more students to gain in-demand skills.
The scholarship grant is the third award that PBSC has received from the foundation, following awards in 2015 and 2017, bringing the total to $50,000. As in past years, the award will help defray the educational expenses of students in the 1500 clock-hour postsecondary adult vocational program, … Continue reading Gene Haas Foundation keeps up aid for machining students

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USPS to salute first responders at stamp ceremony Nov. 15

The United States Postal Service will recognize Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety programs during a special dedication ceremony Nov. 15 for its recently issued Forever stamp, “Honoring First Responders.” The College trains the most first responders in Palm Beach County.
The ceremony, which takes place at 2 p.m. in the Public Safety Conference Center on the Lake Worth campus, also will pay tribute to the College’s partner county agencies in law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical services and fire rescue. … Continue reading USPS to salute first responders at stamp ceremony Nov. 15

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