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Palm Beach State College’s NextGen Summer Bridge Program continues to grow

On Monday, June 17, 2024, Palm Beach State College welcomed its largest group of 150 students for the third annual NexGen Summer Bridge Program on PBSC’s Lake Worth campus. During this free two-week program, students, who are first-time freshmen and often the first in their family to attend college, receive academic, financial and personal support to help them navigate college.
Students also are offered an opportunity to take the three-credit hour Introduction to the College Experience class. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College’s NextGen Summer Bridge Program continues to grow

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Florida’s top hurricane experts discuss how best to prepare for storm season during forum

With the 2024 hurricane season expected to be one of the most active on record, a panel of emergency managers and hurricane experts met at Palm Beach College’s Lake Worth campus on Wednesday, June 5, to discuss how best to prepare for the season.
The forum, which was organized by The Palm Beach Post and open to the public, covered what to do before, during and after a hurricane. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs June 1st through November 30th, … Continue reading Florida’s top hurricane experts discuss how best to prepare for storm season during forum

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Palm Beach State College wins Heroes in Medicine award

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, Palm Beach County Medical Society Services (PBCMS) presented Palm Beach State College with the Community Hero Award at the 21st annual Heroes in Medicine Awards ceremony in Boynton Beach. The awards honor people and organizations throughout Palm Beach County who use their skills and resources to provide outstanding services. Proceeds from the event benefit Project Access, which provides health care for low income or uninsured residents of Palm Beach County.
As the leading educator of healthcare professionals within the county, … Continue reading Palm Beach State College wins Heroes in Medicine award

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PBSC dual-enrollment degrees help grads jump-start their dreams

When Aimee Georges graduated from Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Arts degree, 16 members of her proud family were at the commencement ceremony to cheer her on. Their pride is understandable as the dual-enrollment student from Loxahatchee earned both her A.A. and her high school diploma at the age of 15. Georges, who was home schooled all her life, got her first taste of campus life attending courses at PBSC. “My favorite part of PBSC was the lab,” Georges said. … Continue reading PBSC dual-enrollment degrees help grads jump-start their dreams

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PBSC graduates leave with a diploma in one hand and a paycheck in the other

Back in 2020, Hazel Valderrama was working at an entertainment events company, her first job in the industry after earning a bachelor’s in music business. Then Covid hit and both the events and the job evaporated. “It scared me and instilled in me the need to find a new career that would be pandemic proof,” she said.
Fast forward to May 7, 2024, and Valderrama, 34, left Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Science in Engineering Technology and a completely new career. … Continue reading PBSC graduates leave with a diploma in one hand and a paycheck in the other

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Florida Rep. John Snyder urges Palm Beach State College grads to find solutions, not problems

Palm Beach State College welcomed Florida Rep. John Snyder as the keynote speaker during the College’s 2024 spring commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Cacti Park (formerly the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches) in West Palm Beach.
During the ceremony, which was livestreamed on PBSC’s website, the College awarded degrees and certificates to more than 1,900 graduates including more than 950 graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program, of which 96 are dual-enrollment students who earned their high school and A.A. … Continue reading Florida Rep. John Snyder urges Palm Beach State College grads to find solutions, not problems

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Palm Beach State Invitational brings 600 first responders to Lake Worth

On May 2, Elizabeth Niedbalski waited in the 90-degree heat to compete in the Palm Beach State College Invitational on the Lake Worth campus. Her task: Hoist a 42-pound hose to the top of a five-story tower; drag a 160-pound steel beam across the parking lot using a mallet; negotiate a slalom obstacle course; then “rescue” a 165-pound mannequin by lifting and dragging it more than 100-feet. The catch? She had to do it in two minutes and all while wearing layers of heavy-duty protective gear, … Continue reading Palm Beach State Invitational brings 600 first responders to Lake Worth

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PBSC to host South Florida’s biggest, action-packed competition for first responders

Think of it as the Olympics for first responders. At the Palm Beach State College Invitational, Monday, April 29, through Saturday, May 4, more than 50 teams of 400 professional firefighters and paramedics from Tallahassee to Miami as well as Canada will battle it out to see who can best solve complex rescue challenges—and the public is welcome to come and watch.
This second annual invitational will be held at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College, … Continue reading PBSC to host South Florida’s biggest, action-packed competition for first responders

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The Foundation for Palm Beach State College awards $25,000 scholarship to local hero

Palm Beach State College presented certified nursing assistant Jermya Adams, 23, a full scholarship for $25,000 at the College’s Yvonne S. Boice STEAM Luncheon on April 16 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion. The annual event aims to increase scholarships, business partnerships and internship opportunities to support students pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields.
Adams was selected after she saved the life of a local toddler. On April 10, … Continue reading The Foundation for Palm Beach State College awards $25,000 scholarship to local hero

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Opportunity awaits PBSC’s biotechnology program interns

When Verna Zheng first joined Palm Beach State College in 2017 as a dual enrollment student, she planned on a career in computer programming. But after receiving her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in just one semester, the 23-year-old from West Palm Beach realized it wasn’t for her. Instead, she recalled a presentation from scientists from the Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience she heard while in high school. … Continue reading Opportunity awaits PBSC’s biotechnology program interns

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