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PBSC alumna helps elevate the arts through magazine

Starting a new business can be intimidating. However, Palm Beach State College alumna Angela Yungk and her friend, Jessie Prugh, were up to the challenge when they found themselves unhappy in their careers.
“We were both very creative, and we both had a desire to be business owners,” Yungk said. “So after a year of talking, the idea to start our own magazine came into fruition. What started out as a simple idea at first, has quickly blossomed into a career that I could never have imagined.”
Today, … Continue reading PBSC alumna helps elevate the arts through magazine

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Stivers comes on board as new vice president

Robbi Stivers, a former banking executive with 18 years of higher education leadership experience, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of administration and business services.
 Stivers, a Kentucky native who has lived in Tennessee for most of his career, replaces Richard Becker, who officially retires in March after more than 20 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search and came on board Jan. 7.
“Robbi has an impressive mix of higher education and private banking experience that will serve our College well,’’ said Ava L. … Continue reading Stivers comes on board as new vice president

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Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

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

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17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

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

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Highsmith joins Florida Career Pathways Network board

Lynnmarie Gomes Highsmith, a Trade and Industry program director at Palm Beach State College, has become a board member of the Florida Career Pathways Network. FCPN is the state’s leading organization devoted to advancing best practices in career and technical education in high schools, colleges and adult education.
Highsmith’s PBSC colleague Clarisse Peteza-May recommended her for the appointment. Peteza-May, an academic coordinator who manages the College’s articulation agreements with the Palm Beach County School District, … Continue reading Highsmith joins Florida Career Pathways Network board

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PBSC honors employees for going ‘above and beyond’

Two faculty members and one staff member 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 Michelle Biferie and Dr. Sankaranarayana Chandramohan and Counseling Center Representative Sheila Nichols were selected from a collegewide pool of 23 contenders nominated by their PBSC colleagues. All nominees shared the distinction of going above and beyond the call of duty to serve PBSC students, … Continue reading PBSC honors employees for going ‘above and beyond’

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Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., hosted her first business meeting this month as the new chair of the Council of Presidents.
The Council of Presidents includes the leaders of the 28 state and community colleges comprising the Florida College System, which serves more than 800,000 students. Parker was passed the gavel for the top leadership role for the 2018-2019 year after serving one year as chair of the COP’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. … Continue reading Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

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Gov. Scott appoints Ward to PBSC District Board of Trustees

Philip H. Ward III, a local attorney, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.
Ward, managing partner at Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm that he cofounded in 1987, succeeds John W. Dowd III, vice chair of the five-member board whose second three-year term ended this year. Ward’s term is for September 28, 2018 through May 31, 2022.
Last week, Ward, a Jupiter resident, … Continue reading Gov. Scott appoints Ward to PBSC District Board of Trustees

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Copeland appointed PBSC nursing director

The national search for Palm Beach State College’s nursing director has ended internally with the appointment of Dr. Deborah Copeland, a longtime professor with experience working in clinical roles as a practitioner and administrator.
Copeland, who has been serving as interim nursing director since January, will move into the role permanently on Oct. 1. She replaces Buddy Herrington, who retired last year.
“I am excited about Dr. Copeland formally accepting the nursing director position. She is an extremely knowledgeable individual  who is a champion for supporting both students and faculty,” said Al Baldwin, … Continue reading Copeland appointed PBSC nursing director

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Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

Since her arrival at Palm Beach State College in 2009, Dr. Becky Mercer has been a staunch advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
She not only enthusiastically encourages students to consider STEM careers, she develops STEM programs for children to inspire the next generation of innovators and creators.
For her work, Mercer will receive a STEM Innovation Award from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The award will be presented during a ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. … Continue reading Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

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