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Matias recognized by prominent South Florida magazine

Barb Matias, executive director of human resources at Palm Beach State College, has been recognized for her work by South Florida Business and Wealth magazine and will be featured in the publication’s April edition.
Matias was presented the magazine’s Excellence in Human Resource Award in the education category, one of 13 industries represented for the second annual awards. The monthly advertising magazine created the awards program to “recognize distinguished HR professionals who build and nurture the talent within their organization and help to elevate local companies to the top of their industries,” according to Gary Press, … Continue reading Matias recognized by prominent South Florida magazine

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Gov. Scott appoints Miedema to PBSC Board of Trustees

When the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees holds its next regular meeting March 14, there will be a new face at the dais.
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Barbara Miedema, vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, to the five-member board. She replaces attorney William Berger, a PBSC trustee since 2007, whose most recent term had expired. Miedema is appointed for a term that began Feb. … Continue reading Gov. Scott appoints Miedema to PBSC Board of Trustees

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Williams named Lake Worth campus student services dean

Palm Beach State College’s national search for a new dean of student services for the Lake Worth campus ended internally with the appointment of Van Williams, who served as an assistant dean for the last three years.
The Army veteran with 18 years of higher education experience was chosen from four finalists for the position that drew 283 applicants. He replaced Penny McIsaac, who retired in January after 18 years in the role.
“The candidate pool was very impressive, … Continue reading Williams named Lake Worth campus student services dean

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PBSC alums win scholarships worth $200K for grad school

The doors of educational opportunity continue to swing wide open for two Palm Beach State Honors College alumna who have been awarded their second scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, this time to cover up to $200,000 of their graduate school expenses.
Maria “Mili” Chapado, a 2012 A.A. degree graduate and Patricia Medina, a former student trustee and 2015 A.A. degree graduate, have each been awarded a Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.Continue reading PBSC alums win scholarships worth $200K for grad school

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PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

Palm Beach State College student Sharene Smith sat on a front row seat in a campus conference room watching her younger sister as she addressed a group of faculty and administrators.
The 65-year-old Boca Raton woman was supposed to be speaking that day. But two weeks before she was scheduled to present her capstone project – the final step toward fulfilling her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree – she had a setback. Last year’s radiation treatment for her second bout with cancer paralyzed one of her vocal cords, … Continue reading PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

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PBSC employees awarded for extraordinary service

Two faculty members received Palm Beach State College’s Bravo Award, the top honor for employees, at the annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony this morning at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus.
Professors Kanathy Haney and Christopher Schmersahl were selected from a college-wide pool of 32 contenders nominated by their PBSC colleagues. All nominees shared the distinction of going to extraordinary lengths to serve the College and community, each performing above and beyond the call of duty. … Continue reading PBSC employees awarded for extraordinary service

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Martin tapped to lead FCS Publications Association

Palm Beach State College Professor S. Lizbeth Martin, advisor for the Beachcomber student newspaper, has been elected president of the Florida College System Publications Association.
FCSPA, a division of the Florida College System Activities Association, brings together students and advisors to discuss and share ideas relating to student publications and mass media. Martin, who  served as vice president in the past, was elected to a two-year term during the 57th Annual FCSPA Conference and Awards Banquet in Orlando late last month. … Continue reading Martin tapped to lead FCS Publications Association

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Small businesses benefit from consultant’s HR expertise

Katherine Culhane, a full-time consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, has earned the highly regarded Senior Certified Professional credential from the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society, and the SHRM-SCP credential is the most advanced offered by the organization.
Culhane is one of a team of consultants deployed by FSBDC throughout Palm Beach County to help small businesses succeed. From her base at PBSC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, … Continue reading Small businesses benefit from consultant’s HR expertise

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Cortez recognized for contributions to Belle Glade campus

Angelica Cortez from Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus was recognized at a Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce event for her contributions to the campus.
Cortez, a librarian and associate professor, received Palm Beach State’s first High Impact Award at the chamber’s 52nd annual awards banquet Oct. 25 at the Belle Glade Elks Lodge.
She was presented the award by Dr. Maria Vallejo, vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses. … Continue reading Cortez recognized for contributions to Belle Glade campus

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Vallejo lends expertise to alma mater

Dr. Maria Vallejo is giving back to one of her alma maters.
Vallejo, the vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, has been named a new trustee to the 26-member Hampshire College Board of Trustees.
She will serve a four-year term now through June 30, 2020.
“I am thrilled to get to serve on the board at Hampshire,” said Vallejo. “I had an incredible experience there as a student and really enjoyed the service-learning aspect of the college. … Continue reading Vallejo lends expertise to alma mater

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