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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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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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