Ava L. Parker, J.D. has received the Ed Tancer Community Leader of the Year Award from the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. She was one of six distinguished nominees for the award.
It was presented on May 11 at the Pelican Club in Jupiter, Fla. by George Gentile, the founder and senior partner of 2GHO and the 2022 Ed Tancer Community Leader.
“President Parker has shown tremendous commitment to the community of Palm Beach North,” said CEO and President Noel Martinez. … Continue reading Parker receives leadership award from the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce →
Palm Beach State College, Florida’s first public community college, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
To mark the College’s historic milestone, the City of Boynton Beach presented a special proclamation during its City Hall Social April 27 to PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and Van Williams, provost and dean of student services for PBSC’s Boca Raton campus.
The proclamation was read aloud by Boynton Beach Mayor Ty Penserga, and City of Boynton Beach Commissioner Woodrow L. … Continue reading City of Boynton Beach recognizes PBSC’s 90th anniversary year with proclamation →
By Angela Harrington
Palm Beach State College surprised Alexiou Gibson, the keynote speaker at PBSC’s Spring 2023 Commencement, with an honorary Bachelor of Applied Science degree presented at the ceremony. Gibson, a PBSC alumnus who founded The Transformation Factory, a multimillion-dollar Palm Beach County-based business, said he was overcome with emotion by the “recognition of his achievements with an honorary degree.”
“It was a great surprise,” said Gibson after being awarded an honorary B.A.S. degree in Supervision and Management–Entrepreneurship at PBSC’s commencement ceremony held at The Ball Park of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, … Continue reading PBSC commencement speaker and founder of multimillion-dollar Florida company awarded an honorary degree →
When Susan Klarich was 15 years old, she was a student at Twin Lakes High School. She was also working full time, eventually as a 911 dispatcher for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and a technician in a crime lab. It was there that a colleague suggested Palm Beach State College.
Klarich became a first-generation-in-college student. Intrigued by psychology class, she pursued an associate degree in psychology. With a major in psychology and a minor in sociology, … Continue reading Alumna says PBSC psychology education helped boost her relationships →
By Ilene Greenfield
Megan McCarthy, who graduated this spring with an Associate in Arts degree, enjoys making connections with other people. While enrolled at Palm Beach State College, McCarthy took classes live online, online and in person at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, but learning in person was her favorite.
“As you continue to pursue a degree or career, you will have people to talk to who understand the dedication it took to get to where you are now,” she said. … Continue reading This PBSC graduate sees value in face time →
By Ilene Greenfield
High achiever would be an understatement in describing Ayesha Khawar. Since relocating from Pakistan to Florida six years ago when she was 18 years of age, Khawar learned English, earned a high school equivalency diploma, and began her higher education journey at Palm Beach State College. At the spring commencement ceremony, Khawar graduated with an Associate in Arts degree and had a 4.0 grade point average.
But that is not all. Palm Beach State Online has afforded Khawar the opportunity to proceed with her college education at her own pace while balancing the demands of helping to care for three younger siblings. … Continue reading Achievement distinguishes graduate’s journey from Pakistan to USA →
By: Ilene Greenfield
When Gaetane Charlotin left Haiti with her husband in 2020, little did she realize that she would be graduating summa cum laude from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College at Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Arts degree in Nursing in the spring of 2023. She wanted to move forward quickly, but she did not speak English. The dedication of her husband, who worked after serving in the U.S. armed services while earning his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from PBSC, … Continue reading Honors graduate prepares for a career in nursing →
Palm Beach State College received a special proclamation recognizing its 90th anniversary from the city of Delray Beach on May 2 and from the city of Palm Beach Gardens on May 4.
Accepting the honor on behalf of the College from Delray Beach mayor Shelly Petrolia was Provost and Dean of Students Services Van Williams. Joining him was Interim Associate Dean Luli Marx and Student Learning Center Manager Kim Copeland.
Dr. Tracy Pellett accepted the proclamation from the City of Palm Beach Gardens mayor Chelsea Reed. … Continue reading Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens recognize PBSC’s 90th anniversary year with proclamations →
After earning an Associate in Arts degree in business, Zach Ingram had initially started a bachelor’s program at another university but decided to transfer back to Palm Beach State College for his bachelor’s degree.
“Palm Beach State had just as good an educational program and was exactly what I needed,” says Ingram, who recently earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management with an entrepreneurial focus.
While in school, Ingram had been working with his uncle’s business until he started his own – a Geico office – in Orlando. … Continue reading Geico entrepreneur gains invaluable experience at PBSC →
Life has come full circle for Michael Garrison, a community business owner for the past 23 years. Growing up in Belle Glade, Garrison earned his associate degree in architectural design at Palm Beach State’s Belle Glade campus and has designed some of south Florida’s most prestigious properties.
During his time at Palm Beach State, Garrison saw much of his artistry and skill grow thanks to professor Todd Mowry, who taught drafting courses and enlisted Garrison to complete several small side projects. … Continue reading Business leader says attending PBSC helped elevate him as a designer →