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Panther Strong 2023: PBSC commits to innovative academic leadership

Building on a foundation as Palm Beach County’s largest institution of higher education, Palm Beach State College has launched Panther Strong 2023, a new five-year strategic plan that sets an aggressive goal of being a nationally recognized leader in advancing student success.
For almost 85 years, Palm Beach State has served the needs of the county, providing high-quality, accessible and affordable degrees and certificates, as well as workforce development and lifelong learning. Looking forward, … Continue reading Panther Strong 2023: PBSC commits to innovative academic leadership

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PBSC awards more than 3,200 degrees and certificates

Palm Beach State College awarded more than 3,200 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies May 9 that drew applause, laughter and even some tears from the spring graduates who range in age from 17 to 76.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the 1,839 Associate in Arts transfer degree recipients. The group included  35 dual enrollment students who earned their degrees while in high school and more than 30 graduates of the Dr. … Continue reading PBSC awards more than 3,200 degrees and certificates

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PBSC faculty shine at AFC teaching and learning conference

Nineteen Palm Beach State College faculty ― a record number ― are presenting this week at the Association of Florida Colleges International Conference on Teaching and Learning that is underway in Orlando.
The three-day conference, which ends Friday, brings together leading academic professors, researchers, and instructors to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of college teaching and learning.  It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, … Continue reading PBSC faculty shine at AFC teaching and learning conference

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PBSC partners with businesses to solve workforce needs

Palm Beach State College’s Workforce Development Community Impact Partnership held its first Trade and Industry Partnership meeting on March 28 to address the county’s workforce needs.
More than 50 businesses attended the event on the Lake Worth campus and discussed career readiness, career pathways, career success and other important issues. PBSC President Ava L. Parker and Dr. Jean A. Wihbey, vice president of workforce development and the campus provost, welcomed the group and provided remarks. The panelists included Steve Craig, … Continue reading PBSC partners with businesses to solve workforce needs

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Rutherford to join PBSC as new VP of Advancement

David Rutherford, a seasoned higher education fundraising chief who also worked for more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership, will join Palm Beach State College as the new Vice President of Advancement.
President Ava L. Parker, J.D., selected Rutherford for the newly created position on her executive leadership team following a nationwide search. Rutherford starts Jan. 16 and will have administrative oversight of the Grants office, College Relations and Marketing and the PBSC Foundation.
Rutherford comes to PBSC from Florida Atlantic University, … Continue reading Rutherford to join PBSC as new VP of Advancement

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PBSC mourns passing of past president Ed Eissey

Last evening, Palm Beach State College lost an icon and a beloved friend. Edward M. Eissey, Ph.D., the third president of the College, passed away at the age of 89.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Ed Eissey,” said Ava L. Parker, J.D., president of Palm Beach State College. “Palm Beach State would not be what it is today without the vision and dedication of Dr. Eissey. He pioneered the pathway we continue to build upon. … Continue reading PBSC mourns passing of past president Ed Eissey

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Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

Professors Kanathy Haney and Sandra DeMauro, two of Palm Beach State College’s newest faculty members, are this year’s winners of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award.
The recipients were announced during Convocation Aug. 21 where President Ava L. Parker and other College leaders welcomed faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest award presented by the College to faculty. It recognizes faculty and program instructors who use interactive learning to promote student engagement, … Continue reading Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

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Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

Palm Beach State College on Wednesday concluded its weeklong, intensive boot-camp-style programs designed to help students polish their skills and build a support network before tackling their freshman-level English and math courses.
“Math Jump” and “Jump Write In!,’’ both faculty-led initiatives on the Lake Worth campus, required participants to spend eight or 10 hours a day, depending on the program, for five days. They spent the time getting ahead on content they will cover in their intermediate algebra, … Continue reading Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

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PBSC expecting another enrollment hike

Palm Beach State College is expecting another enrollment hike for the 2017-2018 academic year, and College leaders say they are prepared for the growth.
The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment was up 2.8 percent for 2016-2017 compared to the previous year. That means that PBSC students, the majority of whom are part time, took far more classes. The student headcount also rose slightly to 49,303 students in 2016-2017, up from 47,893 in 2015-2016.
Despite the economic turnaround and low unemployment rate, … Continue reading PBSC expecting another enrollment hike

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Bank of America donates $45,000 for student projects

Palm Beach State College has received a $45,000 donation from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Panther’s Closet and Panther’s Pantry, two initiatives to help students.
The gift was presented Tuesday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Panther’s Closet, a thrift store that opened in March in a refurbished classroom on the Lake Worth campus. Students in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College run Panther’s Closet as part of a one credit hour service-learning course offered each semester. … Continue reading Bank of America donates $45,000 for student projects

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