Five years ago, Tara Chattergoon had trouble keeping her head above water in a retail management career that left her unhappy and stressed out. Now she’s found great satisfaction in a career that has her testing the waters every day.
Out of 110,000 employed nationwide as water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators, only 8% are women, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that hasn’t stopped Chattergoon from pursuing the opportunities for growth and rewards in this essential services career that’s vital to protecting public health and the environment. … Continue reading PBSC water treatment grad garners licenses and breaks barriers
New degree and certificate programs in construction and the health sciences are slated to begin this fall term at Palm Beach State College to meet industry hiring demands. Classes begin August 23.
With the Building Construction Management Associate in Science degree and related certificate, Palm Beach State aims to bring much-needed new talent into the growing construction industry to replenish its rapidly aging workforce. In the health sciences, the A.S. degree and certificate programs in Health Services Management, … Continue reading PBSC launches construction and health science programs to meet industry demands
Lt. Matt Keeler, director of Palm Beach State’s Emergency Medical Services programs, has received the Paramedic of the Year award from Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, where he has worked as a Lt. Firefighter/Paramedic for almost 25 years.
Boynton Beach Fire Rescue has about 120 paramedics, and Keeler was nominated for the award by his Battalion Chief John Canela, who oversees the B-Shift personnel.
In nominating Keeler for the award, Canela wrote: “As BBFR’s most senior member, … Continue reading Keeler named Boynton Beach Fire’s Paramedic of the Year
There are many reasons why people choose to become a nurse. For Selma Santos, the reason is nurses: All the ones who helped care for Sabrina, her daughter.
“The nurses that took care of her, they were angels. They were so good to us, not only to her, but to me, too,” said Santos, who graduates this month from Palm Beach State College’s Associate in Science degree in Nursing program at the Belle Glade campus. … Continue reading Daughter’s dedicated nurses inspire PBSC nursing graduate
Stephen Spencer, the lead instructor for Palm Beach State College’s Marine Service Technology program, has received the Educator of the Year award from ABYC Foundation, a division of the American Boat and Yacht Council. According to the organization’s website, this first-time award was established to “honor extraordinary instructors who are shaping future marine service technicians.”
“We are excited to see such a strong pool of candidates for the first ABYC Foundation Educator of the Year award,” said ABYC Foundation executive director Margaret Podlich. … Continue reading American Boat and Yacht Council honors Spencer as Educator of the Year
With the goal of promoting lifelong learning opportunities for their registered nurses, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Palm Beach State College to support Health Care District RNs in obtaining Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
“This partnership with Palm Beach State College affords our dedicated Health Care District nurses an economical pathway to advance their educational and leadership skills by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that accommodates their work schedules,” said Steven Hurwitz, … Continue reading Health Care District partners with PBSC to advance nurses’ education and leadership
Updated Nov. 16, 2020.
Local marine species have a new underwater habitat in the form of an artificial reef sculpture created by Palm Beach State College students.
Weighing 10 tons and measuring 13 feet long, 8 feet wide and 11 feet tall, the sculpture was picked up Nov. 13 from the Palm Beach Gardens campus and taken out to sea by barge on Nov. 16, where it was lowered to a depth of 40 feet about 1 mile southeast of the Lake Worth Inlet, … Continue reading Student-created artificial reef sculpture to help marine life in Lake Worth Inlet
Individuals looking to quickly upskill, or reskill, to become more marketable in an economy impacted by COVID-19 will find scholarships and accelerated training opportunities at Palm Beach State College through a $1.3 million grant from the Florida Department of Education.
With this grant, Palm Beach State has partnered with FDOE in the statewide Get There Florida workforce education initiative, announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sept. 24. PBSC’s grant is part of the $35 million awarded to Florida’s higher education system to provide training solutions for people impacted by the pandemic. … Continue reading PBSC receives $1.3 million from FDOE to enhance workforce education
As consumers and businesses increasingly use digital technologies to control security, thermostats, lighting, intercoms, entertainment systems and more, the need for low voltage technicians also has increased.
Palm Beach State College will host a virtual panel discussion with industry leaders on low voltage technician careers from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Those interested in attending must first register for this free Zoom event.
Panelists include Angela Barnard, CEO, Audio Visual Systems; … Continue reading PBSC panel to discuss need for low voltage technicians
Palm Beach State College’s graduating Dental Hygiene students were set to take their state licensure exams this spring when COVID-19 prevented them from performing the one exam that requires treating a live patient. Otherwise ready to start their careers, no license meant no job.
But with perseverance and an emergency order from the Florida Department of Health, the students took the clinical exam on Aug. 5—using a computerized manikin to simulate a patient.
Indeed, COVID-19 brought about the first use of manikins in dental hygiene licensure exams in Florida and across the nation. … Continue reading PBSC Dental Hygiene grads take first manikin exam for state licensure