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Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

Palm Beach State College is proud to announce Associate Professor Colette Chiacchiero from the Health Information Management Department and Associate Professor Candace Walker from the Biology Department are recipients of this year’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to take time and pause and thank Professors Chiacchiero and Walker because they have put in so much hard work and dedication,” said President Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

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Berkowitz talks how Nazis used propaganda to persecute Jews and Blacks during lecture

More than 150 PBSC students, faculty and staff learned about the Holocaust in person and via Zoom through a lecture titled “Racial Ideology and Pseudoscience in the Third Reich” given by PBSC’s former Dean of Academic Affairs on the Lake Worth campus and son of Holocaust survivors Dr. Irving Berkowitz.
Berkowitz covered an extensive array of topics including the power of Nazi propaganda in the persecution of Jews and Blacks, and how Jesse Owens foiled Hitler’s plans for the 1936 Olympics. … Continue reading Berkowitz talks how Nazis used propaganda to persecute Jews and Blacks during lecture

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Chief of staff says PBSC helped him uncover new passions

During high school, Tom Valeo, now the chief of staff for the City of West Palm Beach, didn’t give much thought to attending college. Valeo says it was mainly because no one in his immediate family had ever graduated from college.
However, this changed when he got exposed to PBSC’s music department through his high school’s music program. Having music as a passion and considering PBSC’s program exceptional, he decided to enroll.
Valeo would go on to join the 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble at PBSC and graduate with his Associate in Arts degree in 2013. … Continue reading Chief of staff says PBSC helped him uncover new passions

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Two-time Super Bowl champion inspires by example at MLK celebration

Palm Beach State College welcomed Leonard Marshall, former NFL defensive lineman and New York Giants “Ring of Honor” legend, as its keynote speaker at PBSC’s 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 18 in the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. He shared his life experiences in a conversational-style presentation, moderated by Tania Rogers, anchor and reporter for WPTV NewsChannel 5.
Marshall spoke about the traumatic effects of segregation growing up in Louisiana during the civil rights era and how Dr. … Continue reading Two-time Super Bowl champion inspires by example at MLK celebration

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Lowe’s Foundation presents PBSC with $1 million grant to create innovative new skilled trades training center

The Lowe’s Foundation presented Palm Beach State College with a $1 million grant Jan. 17 to create a unique training space for skilled trades at the College’s Lake Worth campus.
“The reason this particular partnership with Lowe’s is so important is that many folks don’t realize that we have an amazing trades and workforce program that is helping to make a difference in so many jobs for so many individuals who choose to go out and be entrepreneurs and for so many companies,” PBSC President Ava L. … Continue reading Lowe’s Foundation presents PBSC with $1 million grant to create innovative new skilled trades training center

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PBSC faculty members receive nationally recognized credential in online teaching excellence

One hundred and fifteen Palm Beach State College faculty members received a nationally recognized teaching credential in 2023 co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE).
The faculty members (listed below) were honored at a pinning ceremony from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, 2024, at the Public Safety Training Center, PSD, Room 108 on the Lake Worth campus.
To earn the credential, faculty completed the ACUE Effective Online Teaching Practices course and learned evidence-based teaching practices proven to improve student achievement. … Continue reading PBSC faculty members receive nationally recognized credential in online teaching excellence

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CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, one of the nation’s leading commercial property developers, told Palm Beach College graduates that if you find your passion, you will find your motivation and success will follow. “Never give up on your vision as you mature in your careers,” Himmel advised students.
He speaks from experience. Initially a pre-med student, Himmel graduated in the bottom 20% of his class at The College of William and Mary before deciding to follow his vision of a career in hospitality. … Continue reading CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

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Dolly Hand, matriarch of Belle Glade, dies at 95

Frances R. “Dolly” Hand, a pioneering leader of the Glades and one of Palm Beach State College’s most outstanding alumni, passed away January 6 at her home in Belle Glade. She was 95 years old.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, at Community Methodist Church of Belle Glade, 401 S.W. First Street,  Belle Glade.  A private entombment will be held later at Foreverglades Cemetery in Belle Glade.
“Palm Beach State College and the Belle Glade campus extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dolly Hand,” said Dr. … Continue reading Dolly Hand, matriarch of Belle Glade, dies at 95

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Felix is part of growing trend of students who earn college degree while in high school

As a youngster, Renaud Felix, Jr., of Greenacres, seemed to determine his life’s purpose early on.  Supported and guided by his parents, Renaud and Darline, he asked questions and held conversations with peers and adults alike, even before he was accepted into the Math, Science and Engineering Choice program at Suncoast Community High School.
By the time Felix was a sophomore at Suncoast, he had applied and been accepted in Palm Beach State College’s dual enrollment program, … Continue reading Felix is part of growing trend of students who earn college degree while in high school

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Moroccan student earns degree she could only dream of in her home country

In 2017, Wahiba Pereira left her home country of Morocco to come to the United States.
When she arrived, she was filled with uncertainty and her English was bad, but one thing was clear—she was determined to get an education.
She began taking ESOL classes at an adult education center and later earned her GED. She also started a job at Dunkin Donuts and became friends with her coworkers who were PBSC students.
After they told her of their positive experiences at PBSC, … Continue reading Moroccan student earns degree she could only dream of in her home country

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