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PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

From age 6 to 15, Palm Beach State College student Tierra “Tee” Lamore suffered physical and mental abuse in Florida’s foster care system. Now, she has made it her mission to help improve what she calls a broken system as a statewide board delegate in Florida Youth SHINE’s (FYS) Palm Beach Chapter, a youth-led foster advocacy group.
Lamore, the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Student of the Year for the Palm Beach Gardens campus, … Continue reading PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

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Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

Palm Beach State College Athletics has selected Michael Ruane to serve as its new head men’s basketball coach. He officially begins May 2.
He was selected for the role from a national pool of more than 200 candidates.
Ruane has been the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. for the past 22 years. Earlier this year, he achieved his 400th career win with Bridgeport making him one of only 40 active coaches at the 305 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level schools with that number of victories. … Continue reading Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

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Super Bowl winner talks mental health during luncheon

Palm Beach State College welcomed Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandon Powell to the Lake Worth campus April 5 for a Lunch & Learn presentation titled “My Life, My Journey.”
During the event, sponsored by Student Activities for National Stress Awareness Month, Powell discussed his childhood, his time in the National Football League, and how he deals with mental stress on and off the field.
According to Powell, whose team won the 2022 Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals, … Continue reading Super Bowl winner talks mental health during luncheon

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PBSC to hold inaugural Humanities Arts Fest March 25

Palm Beach State College will host an inaugural Humanities Arts Fest on the Lake Worth campus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 25 to showcase to the community the work that PBSC students and faculty do in the visual and performing arts arenas.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the first floor of the Humanities Building and include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, demonstrations in visual art, … Continue reading PBSC to hold inaugural Humanities Arts Fest March 25

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PBSC receives ESGR Seven Seals Award

Palm Beach State College has received the U.S. Department of Defense’s prestigious Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award for its initiatives and leadership to support student service members and veterans.
“Staff members at PBSC’s three veterans resource centers are committed, knowledgeable and advocate for all military connected students,” said Peter Caspari, the State of Florida director of employer outreach for the DOD’s ESGR agency, who presented the award to the College during a Black History Month program recognizing African Americans’ … Continue reading PBSC receives ESGR Seven Seals Award

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PBSC celebrates first graduates of the Human Services bachelor’s program

Five Palm Beach State College students are hoping to improve the lives of others as they become the first to graduate from the bachelor’s degree program in Human Services.
Each one has overcome great challenges ranging from addiction and depression to abuse and bullying and now have a deep desire to help others in similar situations.
“One of the best parts of my job is watching people transform into the next version of themselves,” said Dr. … Continue reading PBSC celebrates first graduates of the Human Services bachelor’s program

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PBSC unveils suicide prevention bench in Belle Glade

Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 26 to unveil a suicide prevention and awareness bench on campus. The bench, located on the patio entrance of CRA (Classrooms A) building, is the second to be placed on a PBSC campus.
Those in attendance included South Bay Commissioner Dr. Esther Berry and Lisa Wilson, aide to Palm Beach County District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.
Josh’s Benches for Awareness, a nonprofit mental health organization, … Continue reading PBSC unveils suicide prevention bench in Belle Glade

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Scarpino named PBSC athletics director

John Scarpino has been named Palm Beach State College’s new athletics director. The announcement comes as the program transitions this fall from Division I to Division II in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“I look forward to the challenge of transitioning into Division II and working with our seasoned, veteran coaching staff to establish PBSC athletics as one of the premier programs in the nation,” said Scarpino, who has 32 years of student services administration experience and more than 15 years as an athletics director. … Continue reading Scarpino named PBSC athletics director

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Wheeler to encourage mental health dialogue as student trustee

Growing up, Tarruck Wheeler saw school as an insurmountable problem.
“It was always challenging for me,” says Wheeler, who ended up getting a GED.
At the time, Wheeler, now PBSC’s newly selected student trustee and a Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student, was struggling with dyslexia. However, he did not realize it until he was officially diagnosed later in life. Once diagnosed, he got the courage to pursue a higher education.
Wheeler, who will serve for the 2021-22 academic year, … Continue reading Wheeler to encourage mental health dialogue as student trustee

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PBSC hosts open house recruitment events

Palm Beach State College has kicked off a series of open house recruitment events for new, returning and prospective students to learn more about the College, complete the admissions process and get ready for the fall term.
The first open house, which was one of the College’s largest in-person events since going remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held July 15 on the Lake Worth campus. There will be a second one at Lake Worth from 10 a.m. … Continue reading PBSC hosts open house recruitment events

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