Tag: Palm Beach State

Loxahatchee Groves campus gets SACS approval

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has approved Palm Beach State College’s plans to provide its educational offerings at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.
The SACS approval is for five years —until 2020 — when Palm Beach State will undergo its next institutional re-accreditation process.
“This approval acknowledges that we meet standards of academic quality,’’ said Dr. Roger Yohe, PBSC vice president of academic affairs. “We want to have quality programs, … Continue reading Loxahatchee Groves campus gets SACS approval

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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick to headline PBSC STEAM luncheon

American auto racing driver and spokeswoman Danica Patrick will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s 2016 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) luncheon presented by Bank of America.
The affair will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Individual tickets are $165; a table of 10 is $1,600.
“We are thrilled to welcome Danica to Palm Beach State College,” said President Ava L. … Continue reading NASCAR driver Danica Patrick to headline PBSC STEAM luncheon

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Rhonda Griffis, PBSC instructor, appointed to state Board of Cosmetology

Rhonda L. Griffis, an instructor for Palm Beach State College’s Cosmetology program, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the state Board of Cosmetology.
A licensed cosmetologist, former salon executive and educator, Griffis will bring a South Florida perspective to the board, which is responsible for licensing and regulating the cosmetology profession in the state. The board is under the auspices of the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, … Continue reading Rhonda Griffis, PBSC instructor, appointed to state Board of Cosmetology

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Palm Beach State explores extinguishing all tobacco use on campus

Is Palm Beach State College ready to ban smoking and tobacco on campus? That’s the question a college-wide task force is exploring.
PBSC currently restricts smoking to the parking lots of its four campuses, but the College is considering taking the measure further by becoming 100 percent smoke and tobacco free. PBSC is among 38 community colleges across the nation ─ including four in Florida─ that recently received $5,000 mini grants from Legacy to help educate students, … Continue reading Palm Beach State explores extinguishing all tobacco use on campus

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Palm Beach State College narrows presidential candidates to four

From an international pool of 161 applicants vying to become the next president of Palm Beach State College, a search committee on Thursday narrowed the field to four.
The finalists are:  James D. Henningsen, Ed.D., president of the College of Central Florida; Ava L. Parker, J.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Polytechnic University; Joseph A. Sarnovsky, Ed.D., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Seminole State College of Florida; and G. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College narrows presidential candidates to four

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PBSC to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new campus Nov. 7

Palm Beach State College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 7 for its fifth campus in Loxahatchee Groves.
The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on a small, open plot on the 75-acre campus site at the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road in the rural town of about 3,000 residents. Because of limited access and parking, the event is by invitation, and guests are being shuttled to the site. However, the College will videotape the ceremony and post it on its website. … Continue reading PBSC to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new campus Nov. 7

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Job Fair goes high tech: Plan for Oct. 2 Gardens event with mobile app

Students and local job seekers will be able to meet more than 45 hiring employers at the Job & University Transfer Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the BioScience Technology Complex on Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, and with the new app, attendees can plan ahead.
In celebration of the fair’s 20th anniversary, a new “PBSC Career Fair Plus” mobile app is now available for free download from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. … Continue reading Job Fair goes high tech: Plan for Oct. 2 Gardens event with mobile app

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Palm Beach State to get $6 million from state for campus in Loxahatchee Groves

Palm Beach State College will get $6 million from the Florida Legislature this year toward construction of the first building on its new campus in Loxahatchee Groves.
Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $68.9 million in the state’s 2014-2015 budget before signing the $77 billion spending plan into law today. However, he kept in the new budget funding for Palm Beach State’s fifth campus approved by legislators.
The campus will be constructed on 75 acres at the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road. … Continue reading Palm Beach State to get $6 million from state for campus in Loxahatchee Groves

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Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Lake Worth
Math Club Advisor
M.S., Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Florida Atlantic University
A.A. Palm Beach State College

Carrying a tray of sub sandwiches and two-liter beverages, Palm Beach State College student Vida Smith hurried into the room where Professor Alex Opritsa was busy at the whiteboard helping another student solve a matrix theory problem.
“If you don’t feed your brain, you can’t work,’’ Smith chuckled as she headed to a table to set up the food for herself and more than a dozen other students there for a two-hour Friday afternoon math help session hosted by the Math Club on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

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Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Through her nearly 20 years of teaching, Palm Beach State Professor Carolyn Allen has successfully merged two of her passions to teach and inspire students – microbiology and technology.
She was the first professor to teach an online class at the College in the mid-1990s, and since then she has incorporated an online component into all of her microbiology classes, even the labs that are taught face-to-face. … Continue reading Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

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