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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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Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Medina

Call her attorney Patricia Medina now.
With her family by her side, the Palm Beach State College alumna and former student trustee was sworn in to the Florida Bar in October by Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Scott Kerner. Now, Medina has begun her new role as associate attorney at Acosta & Fraga Law, PLLC, an immigration law firm just minutes from the PBSC Lake Worth campus where she began her higher education journey in 2012. … Continue reading Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Medina

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PBSC alumnus coauthors book, shares story of autism

Palm Beach State College alumnus William Andrew Rose, who recently coauthored with his mom a book detailing his experiences of being diagnosed at 2-years-old with autism spectrum disorder, is featured on the website of a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting solutions for those with autism and their families.
In the Autism Speaks article, written in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Rose encourages those with autism and other disabilities to be “consistent when applying for employment and never give up on your dreams until they come to fruition.”
Now 27, … Continue reading PBSC alumnus coauthors book, shares story of autism

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Bishop reappointed to PBSC District Board of Trustees

Patrice Bishop, one of the newest members of the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees, has been reappointed to a four-year term by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Her term on the five-member governing board runs Aug. 27, 2021-Aug. 31, 2025. The appointment must be confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Bishop, of Palm Beach Gardens, is executive vice president of Human Resources and Risk Management for Kitson & Partners, a real estate development company. … Continue reading Bishop reappointed to PBSC District Board of Trustees

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