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PBSC receives $3 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

Palm Beach State College has received a $3 million federal grant to improve retention and completion rates of Hispanic and low-income students.
The Title V grant, awarded under the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic- Serving Institutions Program, will provide $600,000 a year over five years for the College’s Pathways to Success initiative.
It includes four components:

creation of a robust Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence to improve the capacity of faculty to address the needs of Hispanic and low-income students
creation of an ecosystem of data analytics to allow the College’s Institutional Research and Effectiveness office to inform faculty and college actions and resource allocation
embedding financial literacy into curriculum across programs and increased communication with students around the financial impacts of academic decisions, … Continue reading PBSC receives $3 million Hispanic Serving Institution grant

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PBSC panel to discuss need for low voltage technicians

As consumers and businesses increasingly use digital technologies to control security, thermostats, lighting, intercoms, entertainment systems and more, the need for low voltage technicians also has increased.    

Palm Beach State College will host a virtual panel discussion with industry leaders on low voltage technician careers from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Those interested in attending must first register for this free Zoom event.

Panelists include Angela Barnard, CEO, Audio Visual Systems; … Continue reading PBSC panel to discuss need for low voltage technicians

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PBSC helps make Back to School PBC! a success in Glades

The Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus served as a partner for the first time this year in an annual event that provided free backpacks, school supplies, masks and prepacked nonperishable food to students from low-income, homeless and foster families in Palm Beach County to help prepare them for the new school year.
The Back to School PBC! drive-up event, sponsored by the Board of County Commissioners, the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR), Youth Services, … Continue reading PBSC helps make Back to School PBC! a success in Glades

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Sister to Sister to help first-time-in-college women of color

The Student Counseling Center and the Palm Beach State College Chapter of the National Council on Black American Affairs are partnering to launch a mentoring program for first-time-in-college women of color.   
The Sister to Sister project is being funded with a $4,200 mini grant the College received from BeWellPBC, a countywide behavioral health initiative engaging residents, providers and systems to advance behavioral health and wellness. Only 13 inaugural grants were awarded out of more than 100 applications from residents, … Continue reading Sister to Sister to help first-time-in-college women of color

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PBSC receives two federal Student Support Services grants

Palm Beach State College has been awarded two five-year highly competitive U.S. Department of Education grants totaling over $2.78 million to continue its longstanding TRIO Student Support Services program and to launch a new one solely for veterans.
With the first $294,725 per year Student Support Services grant, PBSC will serve 175 low-income, first-generation college students or those with disabilities each year through its existing program, which was initially funded in 2001. Now entering its 20th year at the College, … Continue reading PBSC receives two federal Student Support Services grants

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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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