Tag: Contact magazine

Hoops coach brings young, energetic vibe

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
As a young boy in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Martin McCann always had a basketball in his hand – at the mall, his siblings’ sporting events or even the airport.
“I wanted to play all day, every day,” said McCann. “Carrying the ball around was definitely a comfort thing and a sign of my passion. I always wanted to play and improve my game.”
McCann’s love of basketball was shared among his family members who introduced him to the sport. … Continue reading Hoops coach brings young, energetic vibe

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The Accidental Pioneer: Sonography students benefit from Patty Braga’s experience, passion

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16

It was a crisp autumn day in 1969 and 17-year-old Patty Braga was driving the family Mustang on River Road in Passaic, N.J. With a girlfriend in tow, they were on their way to Willowbrook Mall for a day of shopping. Unfortunately, a tree at the end of a miscalculated curve got in the way. Both fully recovered from the accident, though it took Braga longer. She dislocated her hip and was in traction for three weeks at St. … Continue reading The Accidental Pioneer: Sonography students benefit from Patty Braga’s experience, passion

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Mock legislature: Learning by doing, debating

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
Some say colleges would be safer if people were allowed to carry firearms on campus. For others, however, the idea sounds dangerous.
A weighty issue for sure, and one a group of 30 Palm Beach State College students didn’t shy away from debating last April on the Florida State Senate floor as part of the College’s new Mock Legislature Program.
“My opinion is that it is a Second Amendment right, … Continue reading Mock legislature: Learning by doing, debating

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Cyber Battle: Students get ready to take on hackers

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16

It’s a worldwide war. Every person, organization and government is under threat of attack, and Palm Beach State College has joined the fight.
Yes, computer hackers are formidable enemies. These faceless criminals permeate the Internet, targeting computers, mobile devices, tablets, networks and cloud-based services — wherever they can wreak havoc with personal information, intellectual property and even the world’s infrastructure.
According to the security company Symantec’s latest report, … Continue reading Cyber Battle: Students get ready to take on hackers

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Bringing her “A” Game: Ava L. Parker is PBSC’s fifth president and first female chief

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
Dressed in academic regalia on a steamy Friday morning, Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., stepped to the podium in the packed Duncan Theatre. Within five minutes, she had the crowd of new students on their feet and chanting.
“We are the Panthers,” they roared, following her lead like sports fanatics at a big game. “We are the Panthers. We are the Panthers. And, … Continue reading Bringing her “A” Game: Ava L. Parker is PBSC’s fifth president and first female chief

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50 Years Later – The Merger of Two Junior Colleges

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
Six vivid paintings of Roosevelt Junior College alumni and staff hang from a wall on the second floor of Palm Beach State’s Lake Worth campus library.
Other than a whirring printer, it is quiet on this particular day. Across the room, students are busy at computer stations, some with headphones draping their ears. Most of them are millennials unfamiliar with the stories and the history behind the images of Ineria Hudnell, … Continue reading 50 Years Later – The Merger of Two Junior Colleges

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GOING FOR THE GOLD

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
Presidential Honors College Scholarship attracts county’s top students
Manuela Ceballos graduated from Seminole Ridge Community High School last year with acceptance letters from the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Central Florida and Palm Beach State College. But with a Presidential Honors College Scholarship to PBSC, she says her decision was easy.
“The PBSC scholarship just put the icing on the cake. … Continue reading GOING FOR THE GOLD

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New programs meet new demands

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
Palm Beach State College has its ear to the ground. Listening to industry, researching trends and collecting student input are some of the ways that the College identifies programs needed for emerging workforce demands.

Recent additions to the College’s array of career programs include:
Homeland Security Specialist, a College Credit Certificate program focused on intelligence analysis, security management, and transportation and border security. Fifteen employees of the Transportation Security Administration based at Palm Beach International Airport graduated from the new program in 2014. … Continue reading New programs meet new demands

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Heart’s Desire: Career transformations at Palm Beach State

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
While caring for his father-in-law stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, David Kindred took his first-ever college classes at Palm Beach State. After 20 years in the electrical trade, Kindred had suffered a severe work injury, lost his business and was now getting back on his feet – pointed in a different direction.
Changing careers is the new normal, and many turn to Palm Beach State College as a place to begin again. … Continue reading Heart’s Desire: Career transformations at Palm Beach State

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A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
If anything defines today’s college students, it’s their goal to graduate with a job, a career-track job. But a good job in a student’s field of interest doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a college curriculum that matches employers’ needs. It also helps if these same employers are involved in developing the job candidates they want to hire.
Luckily, Palm Beach State College students have more than 400 local business partners in their corner. … Continue reading A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success

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