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PBSC Dental Hygiene grads take first manikin exam for state licensure

Palm Beach State College’s graduating Dental Hygiene students were set to take their state licensure exams this spring when COVID-19 prevented them from performing the one exam that requires treating a live patient. Otherwise ready to start their careers, no license meant no job. 
But with perseverance and an emergency order from the Florida Department of Health, the students took the clinical exam on Aug. 5—using a computerized manikin to simulate a patient. 
Indeed, COVID-19 brought about the first use of manikins in dental hygiene licensure exams in Florida and across the nation. … Continue reading PBSC Dental Hygiene grads take first manikin exam for state licensure

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Six PBSC students make 2020 All-Florida Academic Team

Six Palm Beach State College students have been named to the 2020 All-Florida Academic Team for their academic achievement, leadership and community service.
Ivan Franco, Ansley Peede and Brentley Walker (Lake Worth campus); Filipe Pestana Frances (Boca Raton campus); and Matan Siskind and Hadley Strainge (Palm Beach Gardens campus) are among 166 students selected for this year’s team. They will be recognized at an awards ceremony March 6 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The event, hosted by the Florida College System, … Continue reading Six PBSC students make 2020 All-Florida Academic Team

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PBSC’s Honors Academic Journal included in LOC

The Spring 2019 edition of Sabiduría, Palm Beach State College’s Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Academic Journal, is now included in the online catalog of the Library of Congress.
The peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal highlights the research work of Honors College students. Before being accepted, the College had to complete an application this year which required Library of Congress staff to review the issue and description of the publication characteristics.
Twenty manuscripts submitted for consideration in the 2019 edition went through a rigorous screening process by an editorial team of nine honors students to ensure the best that Palm Beach State has to offer was included. … Continue reading PBSC’s Honors Academic Journal included in LOC

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Students present winning research at national conference

Presenting a research paper is a daunting task for Ph.D.’s, let alone undergraduate students, but Etiane Navarro and Renato De La Rosa met the challenge when they attended the American Psychological Association’s annual convention Aug. 8-11 in Chicago.
These Palm Beach State College students—now graduates—earned the trip as the second-place winners of the 2019 Anne Anastasi Research Paper and Conference Travel Scholarship, a national competition sponsored by Psi Beta, the community college national honor society in psychology. … Continue reading Students present winning research at national conference

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New program to train much-needed marine technicians

Florida’s recreational marine and boating industry is growing at a fast clip, making it hard to fill job openings for marine mechanics and service technicians. Now Palm Beach State College stands ready to deliver these sought-after job candidates by launching the first technical certificate program of its kind in Palm Beach County.

Classes for PBSC’s new Marine Service Technology program start Aug. 22, and anyone interested in enrolling should attend the information session on Wednesday, … Continue reading New program to train much-needed marine technicians

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PBSC Respiratory Care program earns national award

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has tapped Palm Beach State College’s Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program to receive its Distinguished RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) Credentialing Success Award.
CoARC, the nonprofit accreditation organization dedicated to respiratory care, presents this national award annually to highlight the RRT credential as the profession’s standard of excellence and recognize the CoARC-accredited programs that have the most graduates achieving it. Graduates of CoARC-accredited programs in the U.S. … Continue reading PBSC Respiratory Care program earns national award

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Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success

When Mara Cijulus moved from Haiti with her family to Palm Beach County in 2004, she did not speak English, but she had a vision of herself going to college and becoming a nurse.
At 17 years old and new to the U.S., she struggled through Palm Beach Gardens High School before graduating in 2006.
“High school was really rough,’’ said Cijulus, now 31 and a charge nurse at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach County, … Continue reading Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success

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Welding and firefighter students collaborate to build skills

When Kerry Weiss, interim director of Palm Beach State College’s Fire Academy, recently reached out to Joshua Magwood about his welding students fabricating a forcible entry door, he hoped their partnership would not only help the firefighter students train to save lives, but also give the welding students a unique challenge.
“We started with a need over here for a forcible entry door,” Weiss said. “It’s very important so we can teach students how to enter a building, … Continue reading Welding and firefighter students collaborate to build skills

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Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

When Tatiana Vong was just 18 years old, she found herself in a challenging situation. She had no job or place to live and didn’t speak English.
Vong, who will be graduating magna cum laude Dec. 19 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in project management, had moved to the United States from Batir, Moldova through a visa exchange program.
After working a week in Pensacola, Fla., she and another woman placed in the same job through the program decided to pursue better options and took a bus to Orlando. … Continue reading Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

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17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

Ahria Bass didn’t just get a head start on her college education while in high school, she completed her Associate in  Arts degree with Honors College distinction.
Now the Palm Beach State College dual enrollment student and aspiring neurosurgeon will cross the stage at the 2 p.m. fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 to celebrate her achievement— five months before she is set to graduate from Seminole Ridge High School.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity,’’ said Bass, … Continue reading 17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

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