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PBSC chosen as a Second Chance Pell experiment site

Palm Beach State College has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in its Second Chance Pell experiment, which will provide more education opportunities for incarcerated individuals in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
The initiative, first created in 2015, provides need-based federal Pell grants for individuals in federal and state prisons to enroll in postsecondary programs offered at local colleges and universities or distance learning providers. PBSC is among a new cohort of 67 schools invited to participate this year. … Continue reading PBSC chosen as a Second Chance Pell experiment site

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PBSC releases plan to return to campus

Palm Beach State College has released its plan to return to campus in the fall.
The three-phase plan includes detailed measures to keep students and employees safe while also continuing to deliver a quality academic experience and strong student support services. It calls for a flexible mixture of remote, hybrid (partially in-person and partially online) and some completely face-to-face courses, particularly for labs and career programs that can’t convert to remote instruction.
It also includes a staggered return and scheduling approach for employees, … Continue reading PBSC releases plan to return to campus

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International student and aspiring nurse selected as student trustee

Three years ago, Gabrielle Louis came to Palm Beach State College from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to pursue an education and gain more experiences.
Not only is she accomplishing these goals, she has also been selected as the College’s student trustee for the 2020-21 academic year.
Louis, who graduated Summa Cum Laude this spring with an Associate in Arts degree, was chosen out of nine candidates who interviewed for the role via Zoom. She is the 20th student to serve in the role and will attend her first District Board of Trustees meeting Aug. … Continue reading International student and aspiring nurse selected as student trustee

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PBSC sees hike in summer enrollment

Summer enrollment is up at Palm Beach State College, and students also are taking more classes than last year.
The headcount for students taking credit and developmental education courses as of June 9 is 18,764, a 2.4%  jump over last year. That represents a 4,041 full-time equivalent (FTE), which also is a 10% increase.
“We have more students, and they are taking even more credits. That really is the most important factor,’’ said Dr. Peter Barbatis, … Continue reading PBSC sees hike in summer enrollment

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PBSC receives federal grant for Job Corps Scholars Program

Palm Beach State College has received a more than $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide job skills training and employment counseling for Job Corps-eligible youth and adults ages 16 to 24 years old.
PBSC is among only 20 community colleges, historically black colleges and universities and tribally controlled colleges and universities awarded a grant as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program, a new national demonstration project that aims to train 1,600 students nationwide over two years, … Continue reading PBSC receives federal grant for Job Corps Scholars Program

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PBSC helps public safety students impacted by Covid-19

Palm Beach State College has developed a plan to help more than 200 public safety students whose training was halted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Without the hands-on skills training required to complete their programs, students in the Police and Fire academies and the Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs would remain in limbo, unable to graduate and take their state tests.
“They are first responders. We considered them essential in our workforce, and they were very close to graduating,” said Barbara Cipriano, … Continue reading PBSC helps public safety students impacted by Covid-19

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PBSC to distribute emergency cash grants to students

Starting today, Palm Beach State College will begin accepting applications and distributing more than $9.4 million in emergency cash grants directly to students whose lives and education have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The grants are from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for Covid-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. … Continue reading PBSC to distribute emergency cash grants to students

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PBSC students place first in PBL state competitions

Four Palm Beach State College students have advanced to the national stage after winning first place in competitions during the 70th annual Florida Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students competed virtually via Zoom (April 2-18) in a variety of events, including Job Interview, Impromptu Speaking, Accounting Principles, Business Presentation, and Human Resource Management.
The PBSC winners were: Jorge Badia, Impromptu Speech; Nick Rossi, Public Speaking; and the team of Martaluz Cisneros and Maria Bacas-Cook, … Continue reading PBSC students place first in PBL state competitions

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Corporate and Continuing Education offers free tutorials

Palm Beach State College’s Corporate and Continuing Education division is offering 10 free self-paced online tutorials to individuals interested in boosting their hard and soft skills for today’s job market.
The tutorials are available through the College’s website, and they cover topics ranging from personal finance and managing customer service to creating WordPress websites and marketing for small businesses. Individuals can register for free through June 30. However, they will have three months of access from the date of enrollment. … Continue reading Corporate and Continuing Education offers free tutorials

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PBSC donates medical supplies to area hospitals

Palm Beach State College is donating medical supplies to area hospitals to assist with treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff from Wellington Regional Medical Center, one of the College’s 15 affiliate hospitals, picked up hundreds of surgical masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizers and other personalized protective equipment, from the Lake Worth campus on April 3. Plans are underway to also donate to Tenant Healthcare for its hospitals. The supplies are normally used by PBSC’s health care programs, … Continue reading PBSC donates medical supplies to area hospitals

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