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PBSC celebrates life of Patricia Richie

Palm Beach State College paused Sept. 16 to celebrate the life of Patricia V. Richie, former workforce dean, who died Aug. 24.
The Celebration of Life ceremony was held outside in the Pruitt Plaza at the Education and Training Center, which houses many of the programs she oversaw. Richie retired this past January after about 27 years at the College. Speakers included current and former College administrators, staff and faculty, members of her family, … Continue reading PBSC celebrates life of Patricia Richie

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PBSC seeks nominations for 2022 MLK Leadership Awards

Palm Beach State College is seeking nominations for its 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards.
The awards recognize individuals and an organization for their contributions in the areas of education, diversity, race relations, social justice or economic empowerment.
There are five award categories: Individual, Organization, PBSC Student, PBSC Alumni and PBSC Faculty/Staff. Nomination packets must be emailed, postmarked or faxed by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Details about the awards, submission guidelines and nomination forms are available at www.palmbeachstate.edu/mlk. … Continue reading PBSC seeks nominations for 2022 MLK Leadership Awards

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PBSC welcomes students back to campus, rolls out major systems

Palm Beach State College welcomed back more than 23,500 students for the fall term and rolled out two major systems— Workday Student and Canvas —to better serve them.
With four learning modalities — face-to-face, online, live online, and hybrid —students have more options to take their classes as they return to some sense of normalcy since the height of the coronavirus pandemic. However, with the coronavirus cases still on the rise, the College has maintained its sanitation processes and other COVID-19- policies to keep students, … Continue reading PBSC welcomes students back to campus, rolls out major systems

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PBSC cancels nearly $2.3 million in student debt

Palm Beach State College has erased nearly $2.3 million in student debt for more than 3,100 students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The move helped students settle unpaid account balances incurred during the pandemic and get back on track this fall to continue their education.
“The feedback from students has been emotional and sincere with each unique situation,’’ said James Duffie, vice president of finance and administration. “They have expressed relief and gratitude for this support during this challenging time. … Continue reading PBSC cancels nearly $2.3 million in student debt

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PBSC Belle Glade campus partners again in countywide Back to School event

For the second time, Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus served as a partner in an annual event designed to help Palm Beach County K-12 students in need prepare for the new school year.
The Back to School PBC! drive-up event was held July 24 at six locations across the county where students received backpacks, school supplies and books, as well as dental kits and other personal hygiene items. At the Belle Glade campus, nonperishable food also was distributed, … Continue reading PBSC Belle Glade campus partners again in countywide Back to School event

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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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PBSC among partners in new research center that aims to address inequities in college online learning

Palm Beach State College is among nine colleges and universities, and the only one in Florida, partnering in a new national research initiative that aims to address inequities in online learning in higher education.
SRI Education and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College are launching a research center with a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. They are partnering with these broad-access colleges and universities,  … Continue reading PBSC among partners in new research center that aims to address inequities in college online learning

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PBSC’s all-female paramedic team wins EMS competition

The first all-female paramedic team from Palm Beach State College is continuing the College’s longtime streak of bringing home the metal from first-responder competitions.
The team of Dema Ammar, Brooke Stark and Madison Waite finished first in the student division at the 24th Annual “First There, First Care” Conference, held June 14-15 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood. They outscored the other six student teams and placed ninth in overall scoring, … Continue reading PBSC’s all-female paramedic team wins EMS competition

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PBSC revises facial coverings policy to prepare for full on-campus operations this fall

Palm Beach State College is revising its facial coverings policy in preparation for a full and safe return to campus operations this fall term.
Effective July 1, facial coverings will be recommended inside campus classrooms and offices, as well as outside when social distancing is not possible. Current guidelines related to social distancing, hand washing and area cleaning will remain in effect until further notice.
The College also is launching a get “Back on Campus, Back on Track” initiative to promote summer open houses, … Continue reading PBSC revises facial coverings policy to prepare for full on-campus operations this fall

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