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Embracing diversity and encouraging dreams: Dr. Peter Barbatis of PBSC champions support for all students

Dr. Peter Barbatis and Host Elias Bustamante at ESPN Deportes Studio in Downtown West Palm.

At Palm Beach State College, we believe in creating opportunities for every student and fostering an inclusive environment where dreams are nurtured and futures are built.

In a captivating conversation led by Elias Bustamante, ESPN content producer, and Deportes Radio host, Dr. Peter Barbatis, vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management at PBSC, painted a vivid picture of the institution’s unwavering dedication to diversity and student success. PBSC, a beacon of inclusivity, has welcomed students from 150 different countries, fostering a vibrant community where everyone finds a true sense of belonging.

Barbatis emphasized the ease and accessibility of enrolling at PBSC and applying for financial aid, with a streamlined process and bilingual staff ready to guide students through every step. Whether students are interested in scholarships, grants, or other financial aid options, PBSC offers a wealth of resources to ensure that education is accessible to all.

Known for his compassion and support, Barbatis extends a welcoming hand to all students, including Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, who are often beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

These individuals face unique challenges due to their undocumented status, including limited access to financial aid for higher education and employment opportunities. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for these individuals, allowing them to pursue their dreams and contribute to their communities.

At PBSC, the commitment to supporting Dreamers is a core part of the institution’s ethos. Initiatives like the Dream U.S. scholarship have enabled over 180 students to overcome barriers and pursue their educational aspirations. PBSC enriches student life through initiatives like Panther’s Closet, offering essential resources for just $1 and providing mental health counseling and housing assistance, which embodies PBSC’s commitment to holistic student well-being.

Amidst the myriad of opportunities lie the stories of triumph and empowerment. Students at PBSC are not just recipients of financial aid, scholarships and grants totaling $83.7 million; they are protagonists in a narrative of resilience and growth. From first-generation college students to the

Your Future Starts Now at PBSC

Barbatis extends his hand to students, urging them to step onto campus, send an email, or make a call whenever they need guidance. “Our commitment to diversity and student support at PBSC creates a welcoming environment where all our students gain a true sense of belonging. At PBSC, the doors are not just physical; they symbolize the open arms that embrace and uplift every student who walks through them.”

Don’t let your background or financial circumstances define your future. Contact Dr. Peter Barbatis at or (561) 868-3142 today to discover how PBSC can support your educational journey.

Better yet, visit us at any of our campuses in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, or Loxahatchee Groves. Experience first-hand the welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment that makes PBSC the perfect place to start or continue your academic journey.

Take the first step toward unlocking your potential. Contact Dr. Barbatis and visit PBSC today—where diversity is celebrated, dreams are supported, and futures are built.

A copy of the interview, which is in Spanish, is available here.

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