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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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Pratt & Whitney awards scholarships to PBSC engineering technology students

Sonya Mingola knew she wanted to be an engineer since middle school, as one of the first students in the school’s new engineering academy. After high school she enrolled at Florida State University in Tallahassee. But after just one semester, she decided to leave. “FSU was too big and impersonal for me and most of the teaching was done by grad students,” Mingola said. So she transferred to PBSC’s engineering technology program to get her Associates in Science degree with a concentration in alternative energy sources. … Continue reading Pratt & Whitney awards scholarships to PBSC engineering technology students

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Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

Palm Beach State College is proud to announce Associate Professor Colette Chiacchiero from the Health Information Management Department and Associate Professor Candace Walker from the Biology Department are recipients of this year’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to take time and pause and thank Professors Chiacchiero and Walker because they have put in so much hard work and dedication,” said President Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

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Berkowitz talks how Nazis used propaganda to persecute Jews and Blacks during lecture

More than 150 PBSC students, faculty and staff learned about the Holocaust in person and via Zoom through a lecture titled “Racial Ideology and Pseudoscience in the Third Reich” given by PBSC’s former Dean of Academic Affairs on the Lake Worth campus and son of Holocaust survivors Dr. Irving Berkowitz.
Berkowitz covered an extensive array of topics including the power of Nazi propaganda in the persecution of Jews and Blacks, and how Jesse Owens foiled Hitler’s plans for the 1936 Olympics. … Continue reading Berkowitz talks how Nazis used propaganda to persecute Jews and Blacks during lecture

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CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, one of the nation’s leading commercial property developers, told Palm Beach College graduates that if you find your passion, you will find your motivation and success will follow. “Never give up on your vision as you mature in your careers,” Himmel advised students.
He speaks from experience. Initially a pre-med student, Himmel graduated in the bottom 20% of his class at The College of William and Mary before deciding to follow his vision of a career in hospitality. … Continue reading CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

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Engineering Technology grad finds her tribe and career

As a nursing student at Pennsylvania State University, Mary Ngo was at a crossroads. Like many young people, she had graduated high school with one career path in mind, only to discover that she didn’t like where it was leading. It was time to summon up the courage to dig deeper, defy family expectations and find her true calling.
So began Ngo’s journey to graduating this fall from Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Technology and starting her new career at Pratt & … Continue reading Engineering Technology grad finds her tribe and career

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PBSC’s Engineering Technology capstone projects ignite innovation and careers

How do you teach a machine? What measures can prevent election fraud? Can 3D printing create an effective wind turbine? These are just some of the real-world challenges tackled by students enrolled in the elective capstone course of Palm Beach State College’s Associate in Science degree in Engineering Technology.

Students test theories, solve problems and make discoveries in their semester-long capstone projects, which often have industry sponsorships and usually lead to job offers. It’s a hands-on, … Continue reading PBSC’s Engineering Technology capstone projects ignite innovation and careers

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PBSC places second in first Florida college cybersecurity competition

Palm Beach State College’s Ethical Hackers Club team took to their screens and battled as one of Florida’s “Great 28” public colleges in the First Annual Florida College System Cyber Challenge, winning second place in the daylong virtual competition on Saturday, Nov. 4. Daytona State College came in first and St. Petersburg College placed third.
The competition challenged teams from all 28 FCS colleges to solve various cybercrime scenarios. The experiential scenarios measured students’ skills to detect, … Continue reading PBSC places second in first Florida college cybersecurity competition

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Alphazyme awards Palm Beach State College $50K for biotechnology lab equipment

Palm Beach State College’s biotechnology students will gain access to the same laboratory equipment used in the industry thanks to a $50,000 donation from Alphazyme, an enzyme development and production company based in Jupiter. A subsidiary of Maravai LifeSciences, Alphazyme is a member of the College’s Biotechnology Business Partnership Council and employs graduates of PBSC’s Associate in Science degree and certificate programs in biotechnology.
“Palm Beach State College was chosen to receive the Maravai LifeSciences Foundation gift due to its biotechnology program’s dedication to advancing scientific education,” said Chad Decker, … Continue reading Alphazyme awards Palm Beach State College $50K for biotechnology lab equipment

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PBSC faculty prepare to teach artificial intelligence across the curriculum

Palm Beach State College faculty have embarked on the challenge to incorporate artificial intelligence content into every area of study to prepare all PBSC students for an AI future.
The “AI Across the Curriculum” collaborative initiative between Palm Beach State and the University of Florida completed its first phase on May 25. The two-week immersive training, held at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, brought together 22 PBSC faculty members from five academic disciplines with UF experts to learn AI fundamentals, … Continue reading PBSC faculty prepare to teach artificial intelligence across the curriculum

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