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International student with a passion to help others selected as student trustee

Less than a year ago, Lorena Martin Reyes was living in her hometown of Madrid, Spain having just graduated high school from IES Mariana Pineda.
Now a Palm Beach State College Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student, she is enjoying a new life in the United States, living with her aunt, uncle and cousins in Lake Worth, and juggling many responsibilities.
One of those is to represent the student body as PBSC’s newly selected student trustee for the 2022-23 academic year. … Continue reading International student with a passion to help others selected as student trustee

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Lancaster selected for Leadership Engage

Kimberly Lancaster, dean of academic affairs on the Loxahatchee Groves and Belle Glade campuses, is among 56 professionals accepted into the 2022-23 class for Leadership Engage, the highly selective 10-month flagship program of Leadership Palm Beach County.
Presented by iTHINK Financial, the program unites community leaders and offers participants a transformative learning experience and a powerful network, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.
Participants, who come from diverse industries and backgrounds, will gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles as well as understand the ways in which they can make significant improvements in the community. … Continue reading Lancaster selected for Leadership Engage

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Harrington named new chief communications and public affairs officer

Palm Beach State College has appointed Angela Harrington to serve as chief communications and public affairs
officer.
Harrington is a respected higher education leader whose experience spans internal and external communications and community outreach at multicampus institutions in New Jersey and New York.
“Angela is a communications leader who raises awareness of the importance of higher education and community partnerships in advancing students’ lives,” said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “She is dynamic in her approach to storytelling and team building, … Continue reading Harrington named new chief communications and public affairs officer

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EMT spring grad featured in ABC News ‘The Orphans of COVID’ docuseries

Tre Burrows, a spring graduate of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Technician program who lost his mom to COVID-19 last August, is featured with his three sisters in an ABC News docuseries highlighting the impact of the disease on America’s children.
Titled “The Orphans of COVID: America’s Hidden Toll,” the docuseries first aired on May 12, coincidently on the day Burrows received his EMT-B College Credit Certificate. It is the first step on his path to becoming a firefighter. … Continue reading EMT spring grad featured in ABC News ‘The Orphans of COVID’ docuseries

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‘I want to be an overachiever’: Michelle Puerta among 35 dual enrollment graduates

When Michelle Puerta dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College in June 2020, the summer after her high school sophomore year, the pandemic crushed her plans to take classes on campus but not her goal to earn an Associate in Arts degree.
“It was not easy, but I still pushed myself,” said Puerta, who will graduate from PBSC and Wellington High School this month. “I would have liked to go in person, but at that time the pandemic was bad. … Continue reading ‘I want to be an overachiever’: Michelle Puerta among 35 dual enrollment graduates

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PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

From age 6 to 15, Palm Beach State College student Tierra “Tee” Lamore suffered physical and mental abuse in Florida’s foster care system. Now, she has made it her mission to help improve what she calls a broken system as a statewide board delegate in Florida Youth SHINE’s (FYS) Palm Beach Chapter, a youth-led foster advocacy group.
Lamore, the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Student of the Year for the Palm Beach Gardens campus, … Continue reading PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

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PBSC alumnus wins national research award

 Palm Beach State College alumnus Craig Tomlin has won another national award for research conducted during the height of the pandemic and while pursuing his Associate in Arts degree.
The aspiring psychologist is among only 20 winners selected in 10 categories by the Council on Undergraduate Research. CUR received over 2,600 abstract submissions from students at universities and colleges around the country vying to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, … Continue reading PBSC alumnus wins national research award

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Seenath and Patel selected as 2022 NISOD Excellence Awards winners

Professors Lystra Seenath and Dharmesh Patel, two well-regarded department chairs, have been selected as Palm Beach State College’s 2022 recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
NISOD annually recognizes faculty and staff chosen by their respective community and technical colleges for excellence in teaching and learning. This year’s award winners will be recognized at NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Learning Excellence, which is scheduled for May 28-31 in Austin, … Continue reading Seenath and Patel selected as 2022 NISOD Excellence Awards winners

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Sky’s the limit for Engineering Technology graduate

Graduating with a good job is every college student’s dream, and Chase Skibitsky just made his come true. The new graduate of Palm Beach State College’s Engineering Technology program will cross the stage at Grad Walk Dec. 12 and three weeks later walk into his new job at Dynamic Engineering Consultants, PC. He starts his new position as a CAD designer Jan. 3 at the company’s office in Chester, New Jersey. … Continue reading Sky’s the limit for Engineering Technology graduate

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Coleman-Ferrell named vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, who has served as Palm Beach State College’s interim vice president of academic affairs since January, has been selected for the permanent role.
She was chosen after a nationwide search that drew over 60 applicants and was narrowed to three finalists.  Her appointment is effective Dec. 1. Coleman-Ferrell has more than 23 years of varied higher education teaching and administrative experience, as well as a K-12 teaching background. She joined the College in 1998 as a professor of teacher education at the Boca Raton campus and worked her way through the ranks to become department chair, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell named vice president of academic affairs

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