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PBSC welcomes students back to campus, rolls out major systems

Palm Beach State College welcomed back more than 23,500 students for the fall term and rolled out two major systems— Workday Student and Canvas —to better serve them.
With four learning modalities — face-to-face, online, live online, and hybrid —students have more options to take their classes as they return to some sense of normalcy since the height of the coronavirus pandemic. However, with the coronavirus cases still on the rise, the College has maintained its sanitation processes and other COVID-19- policies to keep students, … Continue reading PBSC welcomes students back to campus, rolls out major systems

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Summer chemistry program at PBSC leads to new opportunity for aspiring doctor

Palm Beach State College graduate Isabella Donadio Pizzolato has been accepted into a scientific research program at Florida Atlantic University, and she credits a chemistry initiative launched at PBSC this summer with helping her make the leap.
Instead of relaxing on the beach or doing other things, Pizzolato enrolled in Basic Chemistry Application and Research Training, a six-week program on the Boca Raton campus. Guided by PBSC science department specialists Kat Huang and Meaghan Janiak, she learned how to extract caffeine from green tea and make soap as part of projects to hone her research skills. … Continue reading Summer chemistry program at PBSC leads to new opportunity for aspiring doctor

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PBSC psychology students win Psi Beta Emerging Researcher Award

Two Palm Beach State College students received an Emerging Researcher Award from Psi Beta, a national honor society in psychology, and now their research article has been chosen for publication this fall in the inaugural edition of a peer–reviewed journal.

Craig Tomlin and Rivkah Estrin were among only four  selected nationwide for the newly created award open to community college students. The award, which came with a small monetary gift, stems from research that Tomlin and Estrin conducted with a third student, … Continue reading PBSC psychology students win Psi Beta Emerging Researcher Award

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PBSC alum among inaugural Marshall-Motley Scholars

Victor Olofin, a Palm Beach State College alumnus with a passion for civil rights and criminal justice reform, will get a full ride to law school after being among 10 chosen for the inaugural cohort of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program.
The groundbreaking program, launched in January by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will create a pipeline of next generation civil rights lawyers in the South. It is named after Thurgood Marshall, … Continue reading PBSC alum among inaugural Marshall-Motley Scholars

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Center for Student Accessibility now offering scholarships

Palm Beach State College’s Center for Student Accessibility, which provides accommodations and support to ensure students with disabilities receive equal access to education, has added scholarships to its list of services.
The CSA recently awarded its first round of scholarships totaling $10,000 to 17 students for the summer term. Applications are now being accepted for the fall term.
“Students who attend community college have a whole lot more barriers. Students with disabilities have those same issues, … Continue reading Center for Student Accessibility now offering scholarships

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PBSC grad shares story of perseverance

Fadino Jean Louis spent much of his formative years struggling in class. Students mocked him, and teachers gave up on him.
“In elementary school I used to never be smart. Every teacher thought I would never be smart. Everybody kept saying I was too slow. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. Just give up. I never made an A-B Honor Roll. I always got perfect attendance. I was so ashamed of that,” recalled Jean Louis. … Continue reading PBSC grad shares story of perseverance

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PBSC to host Grad Walk May 13 to celebrate graduates

Palm Beach State College is holding Grad Walk Thursday, May 13 to celebrate the achievements of its spring 2021 graduates.  
The event, which is in lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. Graduates donning caps and gowns will arrive in groups of 40 during 15-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. … Continue reading PBSC to host Grad Walk May 13 to celebrate graduates

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SGA leader at Boca Raton campus wins statewide award

Maria Heather Moya, outgoing Student Government Association president at Palm Beach State College’s Boca Raton campus, has won a statewide award for her outstanding leadership and service during the 2020-2021 school year.
Moya received the Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award in the Community College Student category from the Florida College System Student Government Association. The award is named in recognition of the former Florida state senator, governor and U.S. senator.
“It’s an amazing honor,” said Moya, … Continue reading SGA leader at Boca Raton campus wins statewide award

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Nursing student’s essay wins national award

Palm Beach State College nursing student Ophanise Gelin is a winner in a national contest for her heartfelt essay about a professor who encouraged her during the pandemic.
Gelin and Associate Professor Stephanie Little, the subject of her essay, each will receive a $1,000 prize. The Scott Wright Student Essay Contest is open to students at community and technical colleges that are members of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. … Continue reading Nursing student’s essay wins national award

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Reedy Creek donates equipment to train PBSC students

The Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special taxing district that supports Walt Disney World, has donated used equipment to the Palm Beach State College Electrical Power Technology Program to help prepare students for today’s workforce.
Marlin Vaughn, cogeneration plant operator at Reedy Creek, arranged the donation of the continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS), valued at $100,000, through his involvement as a member and immediate past chair of the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium. … Continue reading Reedy Creek donates equipment to train PBSC students

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