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The City of Belle Glade recognizes PBSC’s 90th anniversary

From left: Jernae Thomas, Daniel Gil-Sanchez, Dr. LaTanya McNeal, Palmer the Panther and Mayor Steve Wilson

Palm Beach State College received a special proclamation recognizing its 90th anniversary from the City of Belle Glade during a city council meeting on Monday, Aug. 21.

Accepting the honor on behalf of the College from the City of Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson was PBSC Executive Dean of the Belle Glade campus Dr. LaTanya McNeal.  Joining her from PBSC was Jernae Thomas, assistant dean of student services at the Loxahatchee and Belle Glade campuses; PBSC Student Trustee Daniel Gil-Sanchez; Clarissa Verduzco, associate administrative assistant; and Dante Ferrell, student activities manager at the Belle Glade campus.

McNeal thanked the city for the recognition and spoke about PBSC’s history noting that the College has awarded $175,000 degrees and certificates since its inception. She also noted that PBSC offers an average class size of 23, has more than 130 programs of study, and has awarded 7 million in financial aid and scholarships.

As a thank you to the city, PBSC gift bags that included emerald paper weights were given to the mayor, council members and others.

The City of Belle Glade proclamation marks 16 municipal proclamations to date presented to PBSC by municipalities in Palm Beach County as well as the Palm Beach County Commissioners. The next proclamation to be presented recognizing PBSC’s historic anniversary will be from the City of Westlake on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and from the Village of Palm Springs on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Throughout the year, PBSC will celebrate its 90th anniversary milestone with activities such as campus celebrations, open houses, innovation initiatives and capital projects. Stories will spotlight the achievements of alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners on the College’s website. Social media posts and special events will use the hashtag #PBSC90th.

To learn more, visit Palmbeachstate.edu/90th.

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