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Palm Beach State College launches Kimmel Leadership Academy for students

A group of 27 Palm Beach State College students, including some who aspire to be engineers, physicians and human services professionals, honed their leadership skills in an inaugural program launched at the Boca Raton campus with a $42,000 gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Foundation.
The curriculum for the Kimmel Leadership Academy, based on the Social Change Model of Leadership, was developed by Dr. Kalisha Waldon, a professor at the PBSC Boca Raton campus. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College launches Kimmel Leadership Academy for students

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State allocates $25 million for Lox Groves campus building

Lawmakers have allocated an additional $25 million in the state budget recently signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis toward construction of a Dental & Medical Services Technology Building at the Palm Beach State College Loxahatchee Groves campus.
Plans are to relocate the existing Dental Hygiene and Surgical Services Associate in Science degree programs and the Dental Assisting career certificate program from the Lake Worth campus to what will become the second building at the Dennis P. Gallon Campus. … Continue reading State allocates $25 million for Lox Groves campus building

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New NextGen Summer Bridge program launches

The Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Equity Institute at Palm Beach State College partnered with the Student Support Services TRIO program and two existing intensive academic boot camps to launch a new comprehensive summer initiative for first-time college students.
The inaugural two-week NextGen Summer Bridge program kicked off on June 9 with a welcome event for more than 80 PBSC freshmen. During the program, which runs Monday-Thursday until June 23, students receive academic, financial and personal support. … Continue reading New NextGen Summer Bridge program launches

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Urban League honors three members of Panther family

The Urban League of Palm Beach County honored three members of the Palm Beach State College Panther family for their outstanding leadership and service in the community.

George Elmore, founder and president of Hardrives, Inc. in Delray Beach, a PBSC Foundation board member since 2011 and PBSC donor for over 30 years, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D., received the Trailblazer Award and Gabriel Gerig, a dual enrollment student who completed his Associate in Arts degree while at Inlet Grove Community High School, … Continue reading Urban League honors three members of Panther family

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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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