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PBSC student among 20 to make All-USA Academic Team

Bernard Harrigan, a Palm Beach State College student and Army veteran who is fulfilling his longtime dream of a higher education, is among only 20 students and the only one in Florida selected for the All-USA Academic Team.  
The students were chosen from more than 2,000 nominations for the academic honor, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious for associate-degree granting institutions. They each will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 
“I believe it truly shows that support is the cornerstone to your success, … Continue reading PBSC student among 20 to make All-USA Academic Team

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PBSC announces NISOD Excellence Award winners

Palm Beach State College has selected professors Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado and Dr. Matt Klauza as its 2021 recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
NISOD presents the awards annually to faculty and staff chosen by their respective community and technical colleges for excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. This year’s honorees will be recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, which will be held virtually April 28-30. … Continue reading PBSC announces NISOD Excellence Award winners

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PBSC and nursing students aid in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Editor’s note 2/15/2021: An earlier version of this story indicated that PBSC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus would serve as a county vaccine distribution site. That plan has changed.
Palm Beach State College and its nursing students are stepping up to help area residents who are on a waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Belle Glade campus served as a distribution site on Feb. 5 and may be used in the future for those needing their second dose. … Continue reading PBSC and nursing students aid in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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Lockheed Martin grant provides relief for Electrical Power Technology students

Palm Beach State College has received a $75,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to help students in the Electrical Power Technology program navigate challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Through the Impact Grant, 24 students in the Associate in Science degree program received $1,000 tuition scholarships and an additional $300 to help buy textbooks for this semester. The College also purchased additional lab equipment and take-home lab kits for students to continue learning hands-on skills under social distancing guidelines. … Continue reading Lockheed Martin grant provides relief for Electrical Power Technology students

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NBCUniversal executive and Riviera Beach native to speak at virtual MLK celebration

Palm Beach State College’s 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be virtual and feature keynote speaker Yvette Miley, an award-winning journalist and NBCUniversal News Group executive who was raised in Riviera Beach.
Themed “Activism, Advocacy and Allyship Toward Equality,” the event will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 and is open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP at www.palmbeachstate.edu/mlk. The link to the livestream will be accessible on the College’s website. … Continue reading NBCUniversal executive and Riviera Beach native to speak at virtual MLK celebration

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PBSC to celebrate 2020 graduates at Grad Walk

Palm Beach State College is hosting Grad Walk Dec. 19 to celebrate the achievements of its 2020 graduates.
The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. With social distancing and other COVID-19 safety procedures in place, graduates will arrive in groups of 20 during 30-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. Parker, … Continue reading PBSC to celebrate 2020 graduates at Grad Walk

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Russell to retire at end of fall term

Dr. Bernadette Russell, Palm Beach State College’s vice president of e-Learning and Instructional Technology and Boca Raton campus provost, is retiring Dec. 18, capping a 30-year career in higher education.
She has led the campus for 13 years, and she assumed leadership for e-learning collegewide five years ago. A national search is underway for her replacement, who will lead the campus as provost and dean of Student Services.
The College recognized Russell for her service at a recent District Board of Trustees meeting. … Continue reading Russell to retire at end of fall term

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PBSC receives $3 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

Palm Beach State College has received a $3 million federal grant to improve retention and completion rates of Hispanic and low-income students.
The Title V grant, awarded under the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic- Serving Institutions Program, will provide $600,000 a year over five years for the College’s Pathways to Success initiative.
It includes four components:

creation of a robust Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence to improve the capacity of faculty to address the needs of Hispanic and low-income students
creation of an ecosystem of data analytics to allow the College’s Institutional Research and Effectiveness office to inform faculty and college actions and resource allocation
embedding financial literacy into curriculum across programs and increased communication with students around the financial impacts of academic decisions, … Continue reading PBSC receives $3 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

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Sister to Sister to help first-time-in-college women of color

The Student Counseling Center and the Palm Beach State College Chapter of the National Council on Black American Affairs are partnering to launch a mentoring program for first-time-in-college women of color.   
The Sister to Sister project is being funded with a $4,200 mini grant the College received from BeWellPBC, a countywide behavioral health initiative engaging residents, providers and systems to advance behavioral health and wellness. Only 13 inaugural grants were awarded out of more than 100 applications from residents, … Continue reading Sister to Sister to help first-time-in-college women of color

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PBSC receives two federal Student Support Services grants

Palm Beach State College has been awarded two five-year highly competitive U.S. Department of Education grants totaling over $2.78 million to continue its longstanding TRIO Student Support Services program and to launch a new one solely for veterans.
With the first $294,725 per year Student Support Services grant, PBSC will serve 175 low-income, first-generation college students or those with disabilities each year through its existing program, which was initially funded in 2001. Now entering its 20th year at the College, … Continue reading PBSC receives two federal Student Support Services grants

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