Tag: Ava Parker

PBSC seeks state funds for new dental health building

Palm Beach State College is seeking nearly $22 million from the Florida Legislature for a new dental health sciences building as part of its legislative priorities for this year.
College leaders say the new facility would replace the existing structure, which was built in 1962 and houses the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree program, the Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate program and the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. … Continue reading PBSC seeks state funds for new dental health building

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Parker announces couple’s $1 million gift at her investiture

During the investiture ceremony Thursday officially installing her as Palm Beach State College’s fifth president, Ava L. Parker, J.D., announced a $1 million gift to the College from a Palm Beach Gardens couple who have a passion for education.
Themed “Investing in a New Vision,” the academic ceremony drew more than 500 people to the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, including the Florida College System chancellor, college and university presidents, lawmakers and business leaders. … Continue reading Parker announces couple’s $1 million gift at her investiture

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Grand opening held for PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus

Palm Beach State College held the grand opening ceremony Tuesday for its new Dennis P. Gallon campus in Loxahatchee Groves named in honor of its former president.
A standing room only crowd packed the lecture hall for the ceremony and ribbon cutting. Others watched the live stream on TV monitors in the hallways of the first three-story, 50,000-square-foot building on the College’s fifth campus.
One by one, College leaders and state and local elected officials stepped up to a microphone, … Continue reading Grand opening held for PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus

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Forum to bring criminal justice system into focus

Palm Beach State College will hold a special event titled “Moving Forward: A Criminal Justice & Community Forum” on Tuesday, October 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Conference Center, Room PSD 108 on the Lake Worth campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Tory Dunnan, WPTV weekend anchor and multimedia journalist, will moderate the panel, which includes:

Dave Aronberg, State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit
The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath, … Continue reading Forum to bring criminal justice system into focus

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Community shows support for new PBSC partnership

A crowd of more than 200 gathered yesterday for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s economic forum luncheon to hear more details about the new partnership between Palm Beach State College and Modernizing Medicine.
During the event, Modernizing Medicine CEO and founder Dan Cane and Palm Beach State President Ava Parker, J.D., spoke about the memorandum of understanding signed between the two organizations earlier this year to create an innovative training hub at the College’s new Loxahatchee Groves campus. … Continue reading Community shows support for new PBSC partnership

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PBSC president gets kudos for first year on the job

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., marked her first year at the helm of Florida’s seventh largest college this month with high accolades for her leadership and service from her five bosses on the District Board of Trustees.
“The board agrees that President Parker is doing an outstanding job,’’ said Wendy Link, chair of the District Board of Trustees, who cited “above average to excellent” ratings in Parker’s annual evaluation. “I commend President Parker on the efforts she’s made to address our student, … Continue reading PBSC president gets kudos for first year on the job

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Parker speaks at State Board of Education meeting

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., spoke at the State Board of Education meeting at the Palm Beach Gardens campus today, updating the seven member-panel on the status of proposed changes to the metrics used for performance-based funding and other matters concerning the Florida College System.
Speaking on behalf of the Council of Presidents for the 28 institutions, she provided updates on the funding formula for the system and the “2+ 2” statewide articulation that guarantees FCS Associate in Arts degree graduates and selected Associate in Science degree graduates admission into one of the  state’s 12 public universities. … Continue reading Parker speaks at State Board of Education meeting

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PBSC confers more than 2,400 degrees

Palm Beach State College conferred more than 2,400 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater delivered the keynote address at the morning commencement ceremony for graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the 1,440 Associate in Arts degree graduates who comprise nearly 60 percent of the graduating class. … Continue reading PBSC confers more than 2,400 degrees

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MLK celebration speaker: ‘I want to live in a post-racist world’

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were here today, “he would tell us to listen.” That’s what Dr. Marc Lamont Hill told a crowd of more than 700 people who packed the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus Thursday for Palm Beach State College’s 17th annual celebration of the noted civil rights leader.
“Listening is a key part of understanding our commonalities, our common histories, our common struggles. It’s also a way of recognizing the differences,’’ said Hill, … Continue reading MLK celebration speaker: ‘I want to live in a post-racist world’

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Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,600 fall graduates during two commencement ceremonies today.
Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, was the keynote speaker. She told graduates that she started her higher education at then Miami Dade Community College, where she played basketball.
“Today, I’m at Palm Beach State College as the chancellor of the same system that gave me an opportunity,’’ she said, later noting that 53 percent of Florida’s university juniors and seniors came from the 28 community and state colleges in the Florida College System. … Continue reading Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

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