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PBSC dual-enrollment degrees help grads jump-start their dreams

When Aimee Georges graduated from Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Arts degree, 16 members of her proud family were at the commencement ceremony to cheer her on. Their pride is understandable as the dual-enrollment student from Loxahatchee earned both her A.A. and her high school diploma at the age of 15. Georges, who was home schooled all her life, got her first taste of campus life attending courses at PBSC. “My favorite part of PBSC was the lab,” Georges said. … Continue reading PBSC dual-enrollment degrees help grads jump-start their dreams

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PBSC graduates leave with a diploma in one hand and a paycheck in the other

Back in 2020, Hazel Valderrama was working at an entertainment events company, her first job in the industry after earning a bachelor’s in music business. Then Covid hit and both the events and the job evaporated. “It scared me and instilled in me the need to find a new career that would be pandemic proof,” she said.
Fast forward to May 7, 2024, and Valderrama, 34, left Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Science in Engineering Technology and a completely new career. … Continue reading PBSC graduates leave with a diploma in one hand and a paycheck in the other

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Florida Rep. John Snyder urges Palm Beach State College grads to find solutions, not problems

Palm Beach State College welcomed Florida Rep. John Snyder as the keynote speaker during the College’s 2024 spring commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Cacti Park (formerly the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches) in West Palm Beach.
During the ceremony, which was livestreamed on PBSC’s website, the College awarded degrees and certificates to more than 1,900 graduates including more than 950 graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program, of which 96 are dual-enrollment students who earned their high school and A.A. … Continue reading Florida Rep. John Snyder urges Palm Beach State College grads to find solutions, not problems

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At PBSC, friendship fuels journey to bachelor’s degrees and hospitality careers

Marino Tirado had been working in the hospitality industry in New York City for 20 years when he came down to Florida for a temporary assignment just as the pandemic hit. He decided to stay and go back to school.
Lesuia Amaya, who goes by “Leah,” was an assistant manager at a diner when on a busy Mother’s Day, her ability to deal with a tough situation so impressed a customer that the customer told her she should go to school for hospitality. … Continue reading At PBSC, friendship fuels journey to bachelor’s degrees and hospitality careers

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Cosmetology student graduates with two diplomas and a plan for the future

Over the past year, Palm Beach State College cosmetology student Yanet Gomez spent her days on the Belle Glade campus, preparing to become a licensed cosmetologist. Classes began at 8 a.m. and went until 4 p.m., but her days didn’t end there. Gomez, a high school senior enrolled in the Florida Virtual School, would then tackle her online classes and homework while still participating in clubs and community activities.
Her hard work is now paying off. … Continue reading Cosmetology student graduates with two diplomas and a plan for the future

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PBSC professor and student team up to educate others about the post-secondary challenges of autistic students

Palm Beach State College professor Hersh Chaitin, Ph.D., and student Erin Slavin are spotlighting the significant barriers that students with autism spectrum disorder face in obtaining a post-secondary education.
Chaitin, along with Dr. Javad Hashemi, associate dean of research at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Dr. Jacquie Wood at FAU’s Center for Autism Related Disabilities, recently contributed to a research manuscript that was published in 2023 titled, “Extended Reality: An Evidence-Based Practice Support Tool for ASD Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Engineering Education.” … Continue reading PBSC professor and student team up to educate others about the post-secondary challenges of autistic students

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Labor Department awards PBSC a $1.75 million grant to expand skilled trades training

Individuals seeking good careers in construction-related skilled trades will find enhanced training opportunities at Palm Beach State College through a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Announced April 15 by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel at a press conference on Palm Beach State’s Lake Worth campus, the College is one of 16 community colleges nationwide, and the only one in Florida, to receive funds in this fourth round of Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants, … Continue reading Labor Department awards PBSC a $1.75 million grant to expand skilled trades training

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Opportunity awaits PBSC’s biotechnology program interns

When Verna Zheng first joined Palm Beach State College in 2017 as a dual enrollment student, she planned on a career in computer programming. But after receiving her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in just one semester, the 23-year-old from West Palm Beach realized it wasn’t for her. Instead, she recalled a presentation from scientists from the Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience she heard while in high school. … Continue reading Opportunity awaits PBSC’s biotechnology program interns

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Wyatt selected as semifinalist for Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Palm Beach State College’s Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student Wyatt Anderson has been selected as a semifinalist for the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Wyatt, who is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree, was selected as one of 459 semifinalists from over 1,600 applications from students at two-year colleges across the country.
The scholarship aims to help community college students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability, leadership, and service transfer to top four-year institutions and avoid student debt. … Continue reading Wyatt selected as semifinalist for Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

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Waldon selected by ACUE to be a faculty expert in Artificial Intelligence Quick Study series

Dr. Kalisha Waldon, professor of education and student life skills at Palm Beach State College, was selected by the Association of College and University Educators to be a faculty expert in their Artificial Intelligence Quick Study Series.
As an expert, Waldon contributed her knowledge and expertise to the courses and resources that were designed for the series which feature one-hour, self-paced, interactive learning experiences where participants can earn badges.
She was nominated by Vice President of Academic Innovation and Strategy Dr. … Continue reading Waldon selected by ACUE to be a faculty expert in Artificial Intelligence Quick Study series

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