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EMT spring grad featured in ABC News ‘The Orphans of COVID’ docuseries

Tre Burrows, a spring graduate of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Technician program who lost his mom to COVID-19 last August, is featured with his three sisters in an ABC News docuseries highlighting the impact of the disease on America’s children.
Titled “The Orphans of COVID: America’s Hidden Toll,” the docuseries first aired on May 12, coincidently on the day Burrows received his EMT-B College Credit Certificate. It is the first step on his path to becoming a firefighter. … Continue reading EMT spring grad featured in ABC News ‘The Orphans of COVID’ docuseries

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Loxahatchee Groves campus celebrates five years

Palm Beach State College celebrated the five-year anniversary of its Loxahatchee Groves campus with a small outdoor reception and updates on enrollment, community partnerships and expansion plans.
The Dennis P. Gallon campus, officially named in honor of the College’s former longtime president, opened as the fifth campus on Feb. 27, 2017, to more than 700 students. Today, it serves over 5,000 students annually.
During the District Board of Trustees meeting at the campus May 10, Kimberly Lancaster, … Continue reading Loxahatchee Groves campus celebrates five years

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‘I want to be an overachiever’: Michelle Puerta among 35 dual enrollment graduates

When Michelle Puerta dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College in June 2020, the summer after her high school sophomore year, the pandemic crushed her plans to take classes on campus but not her goal to earn an Associate in Arts degree.
“It was not easy, but I still pushed myself,” said Puerta, who will graduate from PBSC and Wellington High School this month. “I would have liked to go in person, but at that time the pandemic was bad. … Continue reading ‘I want to be an overachiever’: Michelle Puerta among 35 dual enrollment graduates

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PBSC receives $700,000 in federal funds to expand respiratory care lab

Palm Beach State College will receive $700,000 in federal funds to expand and enhance its clinical training lab for students in the Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who was responsible for getting the funding in the 2022 fiscal year budget recently signed by President Joe Biden, made a formal announcement at a press conference April 13 in the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
“Palm Beach State College is especially recognized for the important role it plays in responding to the workforce needs of our community,’’ Frankel said. … Continue reading PBSC receives $700,000 in federal funds to expand respiratory care lab

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PBSC returns to traditional commencement ceremonies

Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center May 12 to celebrate its more than 2,000 expected spring graduates.
The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and the certificate programs. A second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for Associate in Arts degree graduates. State Sens. Tina Polsky, … Continue reading PBSC returns to traditional commencement ceremonies

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Interior design students help local nonprofit enhance play therapy room

The play therapy room at the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County will soon get a makeover, thanks to the support of Palm Beach State College interior design students.
A group of nine, all in their second year of the Interior Design Technology program, have been volunteering their time and skills to redesign the room used for clients of the West Palm Beach-based nonprofit, which is now in its 61st year of operation. … Continue reading Interior design students help local nonprofit enhance play therapy room

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PBSC to host 23rd Annual MLK, Jr. Celebration Jan. 13

BJ “Buddie” Penn, former assistant secretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Navy and a well-known Washington, D.C. area civic leader, will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, where the College will also honor five individuals and an organization.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Duncan Theatre and livestreamed for the public. Themed “Resilience and Empowerment: Moving Forward Together,’’ the celebration is free, … Continue reading PBSC to host 23rd Annual MLK, Jr. Celebration Jan. 13

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Food baskets to help PBSC students during winter break

The Palm Beach State College Student Counseling Center and Panther’s Pantry teamed up to bring some extra cheer to students in need.
Baskets stuffed with nonperishable food and gift cards are being delivered to 46 students across the campuses before the winter break begins Dec. 17. The baskets are in addition to food items available to all PBSC students through Panther’s Pantry, which has locations at the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade campuses. … Continue reading Food baskets to help PBSC students during winter break

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Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Medina

Call her attorney Patricia Medina now.
With her family by her side, the Palm Beach State College alumna and former student trustee was sworn in to the Florida Bar in October by Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Scott Kerner. Now, Medina has begun her new role as associate attorney at Acosta & Fraga Law, PLLC, an immigration law firm just minutes from the PBSC Lake Worth campus where she began her higher education journey in 2012. … Continue reading Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Medina

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PBSC remains a national leader in veterans services

Palm Beach State College once again ranks among the top 10 schools in the country for veterans services.
VIQTORY, a prestigious military publisher, designated PBSC as a 2021-2022 “Top 10” Military Friendly® School, with a ranking of 8th in the large public schools category.
To develop the annual Military Friendly® Schools list, which was published in the October edition of G.I. Jobs magazine, VIQTORY evaluated public data and responses from a proprietary survey completed by over 1,200 schools. … Continue reading PBSC remains a national leader in veterans services

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