James Duffie, a Palm Beach State College alumnus and the College’s longtime controller, has been appointed vice president of finance and administration.
Duffie will report directly to President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and serve on her executive cabinet. He replaces Robbi Stivers, who served in a similar role for more than a year.
“I’m very pleased to appoint Jim to this position during a critical time for our College and our nation,’’ Parker said. “We need consistency and focus as we work to navigate the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and finalize our budgetary process for the next fiscal year. … Continue reading Duffie named vice president of finance and administration
Palm Beach State College has developed a plan to help more than 200 public safety students whose training was halted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Without the hands-on skills training required to complete their programs, students in the Police and Fire academies and the Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs would remain in limbo, unable to graduate and take their state tests.
“They are first responders. We considered them essential in our workforce, and they were very close to graduating,” said Barbara Cipriano, … Continue reading PBSC helps public safety students impacted by Covid-19
Starting today, Palm Beach State College will begin accepting applications and distributing more than $9.4 million in emergency cash grants directly to students whose lives and education have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The grants are from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for Covid-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. … Continue reading PBSC to distribute emergency cash grants to students
Palm Beach State College’s Corporate and Continuing Education division is offering 10 free self-paced online tutorials to individuals interested in boosting their hard and soft skills for today’s job market.
The tutorials are available through the College’s website, and they cover topics ranging from personal finance and managing customer service to creating WordPress websites and marketing for small businesses. Individuals can register for free through June 30. However, they will have three months of access from the date of enrollment. … Continue reading Corporate and Continuing Education offers free tutorials
Ivan Franco, a Palm Beach State College Honors College student, is among only 50 selected nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
The highly competitive scholarship, which this year drew 1,500 applicants from 311 community colleges, provides students with up to $40,000 a year to complete the upper division coursework for their bachelor’s degrees.
PBSC leaders surprised Franco with the news during a virtual meeting on Zoom. “I was shocked. … Continue reading PBSC student receives Jack Kent Cooke scholarship
Dr. Karline Prophete, who has 15 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education and K-12, has been named interim director of Palm Beach State College’s new Cross-Cultural Equity Institute.
Prophete was picked from a pool of internal PBSC applicants to launch and establish the groundwork for the institute designed to improve retention and close the graduation gap for minority students at the College. She begins her new role April 16.
“I’m definitely honored to be a part of this work at the College. … Continue reading Prophete to lead Cross-Cultural Equity Institute
Palm Beach State College is donating medical supplies to area hospitals to assist with treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff from Wellington Regional Medical Center, one of the College’s 15 affiliate hospitals, picked up hundreds of surgical masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizers and other personalized protective equipment, from the Lake Worth campus on April 3. Plans are underway to also donate to Tenant Healthcare for its hospitals. The supplies are normally used by PBSC’s health care programs, … Continue reading PBSC donates medical supplies to area hospitals
Palm Beach State College will begin offering two new bachelor’s degree programs in the fall to give students pursuing careers in human services and respiratory therapy more options to further their education and meet the growing demands of the critical fields.
The Florida Board of Education approved the College’s proposals April 1 to launch a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. The programs will bring the number of bachelor’s degrees offered by the College to five. … Continue reading PBSC to offer two new bachelor’s degrees this fall
The Career Centers at Palm Beach State College have partnered with Florida Power & Light Company to provide part-time job opportunities for students currently enrolled in school.
Through the program, students will receive paid training and earn $12 an hour to work as customer service representatives in FPL’s Customer Care Center located at the company’s Customer Service East office on Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach. FPL expects to have approximately 15 students fill the positions. … Continue reading PBSC Career Centers partner with FPL to employ students
Palm Beach State College will begin offering two cybersecurity college credit certificate programs at the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses this summer to provide access to training in rural communities and to help attract more women and underrepresented minorities into the growing field.
The initiative, dubbed Project CODE (Computer Outreach for Diverse Education), is being funded with a $592,630 grant from the National Science Foundation. Distance learning labs will be outfitted with high-tech equipment at each campus to allow faculty to teach courses remotely. … Continue reading PBSC receives NSF grant to expand cybersecurity training