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Dream big and love what you do says executive director Clara Acero

Clara Acero, the executive director of Kingdom Charitable Trust, fondly recalls how her time at Palm Beach State College has helped shape her success.
“I love that PBSC represents people from all walks of life. It is very diverse, and if you can be successful at PBSC you can be successful anywhere.”
Earning an associate degree, Acero attended finance committee meetings, participated in student government and was heavily involved in the community. With a breadth of opportunities and experiences at Palm Beach State’s Boca Raton campus, … Continue reading Dream big and love what you do says executive director Clara Acero

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President of international real estate firm encourages students to find their passion

Danielle Austin admits to never thinking about college until her last year of high school. A native Floridian and an advocate for growth of the Palm Beach community, Austin has seen both her community and her alma mater evolve over the years.
She believes the meaning of college has changed drastically for today’s students. “I come from a family of four children, so education was important but nowhere near as competitive, expensive and stressful as I see it today.”
Austin has always considered herself to be the ambitious type. … Continue reading President of international real estate firm encourages students to find their passion

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FAU specialist says students should not let disadvantages hold them back

Palm Beach State College alumnus Daniel Goldstein’s message to today’s students is simple.
“Never give up on yourself,” said Goldstein, now the social media specialist at Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
Goldstein goes on to say that if any student has disadvantages, not to let them hold them back.
“Use them to motivate yourself to be better,” he said.
Goldstein, who graduated in 2017 with a College Credit Certificate in Computer Programming, … Continue reading FAU specialist says students should not let disadvantages hold them back

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Palm Beach State College respiratory care student awarded scholarship

On Thursday, March 21, 2024, Palm Beach State College respiratory therapy student Leidy Correa Pabon, was awarded the Dr. Ethel E. Johnson Scholarship at the Florida Society of Respiratory Care seminar in Daytona Beach. The scholarship, in memory of Florida Board of Respiratory Care Board Member and educator, Dr. Ethel E. Johnson, is awarded annually to Florida students at different levels of education who have demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of respiratory care and to public health. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College respiratory care student awarded scholarship

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Waldon selected by ACUE to be a faculty expert in Artificial Intelligence Quick Study series

Dr. Kalisha Waldon, professor of education and student life skills at Palm Beach State College, was selected by the Association of College and University Educators to be a faculty expert in their Artificial Intelligence Quick Study Series.
As an expert, Waldon contributed her knowledge and expertise to the courses and resources that were designed for the series which feature one-hour, self-paced, interactive learning experiences where participants can earn badges.
She was nominated by Vice President of Academic Innovation and Strategy Dr. … Continue reading Waldon selected by ACUE to be a faculty expert in Artificial Intelligence Quick Study series

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Single mom turned entrepreneur credits PBSC for giving her the flexibility to succeed

As a young single mom living in Palm Beach County, Julie Khanna wanted to earn a higher education degree and she knew there was no better choice than Palm Beach State College.
“I needed an educational institution which would not only offer the chance to pursue my academic goals in relation to my chosen career path (nursing) but also allow me flexibility to care for my daughter while offering a quality education at an affordable price,” Khanna said. … Continue reading Single mom turned entrepreneur credits PBSC for giving her the flexibility to succeed

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STEM scholarship helps skyrocket engineer to a career at NASA

Palm Beach State College alumna Holly Pascal is hoping to inspire and uplift the next generation of the aerospace workforce.
Currently a NASA Headquarters Systems Engineer in Washington, D.C., Pascal is also the author of “The College to Dream Job Blueprint,” the founder of the Women’s Aerospace Network, and is passionate about advancing the building blocks of humanity throughout the solar system.
Pascal’s journey started when she received PBSC’s Capture Program scholarship through a partnership with Florida Atlantic University. … Continue reading STEM scholarship helps skyrocket engineer to a career at NASA

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Girl Scout VP says PBSC provided her with a solid foundation

Elle Harrigan’s career began as a certified pharmacy technician and trainer for Walgreens which led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Fueled by this scientific foundation, she thought she would pursue a career in research. However, life had different plans for Harrigan, now the vice president of advancement at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.
While she was at PBAU, she started volunteering at Urban Youth Impact (UYI), … Continue reading Girl Scout VP says PBSC provided her with a solid foundation

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Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

Palm Beach State College is proud to announce Associate Professor Colette Chiacchiero from the Health Information Management Department and Associate Professor Candace Walker from the Biology Department are recipients of this year’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to take time and pause and thank Professors Chiacchiero and Walker because they have put in so much hard work and dedication,” said President Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College professors win NISOD excellence awards

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Chief of staff says PBSC helped him uncover new passions

During high school, Tom Valeo, now the chief of staff for the City of West Palm Beach, didn’t give much thought to attending college. Valeo says it was mainly because no one in his immediate family had ever graduated from college.
However, this changed when he got exposed to PBSC’s music department through his high school’s music program. Having music as a passion and considering PBSC’s program exceptional, he decided to enroll.
Valeo would go on to join the 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble at PBSC and graduate with his Associate in Arts degree in 2013. … Continue reading Chief of staff says PBSC helped him uncover new passions

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