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Alumnus helping empower communities impacted by environmental injustice

By: Dean Glorioso
Alumnus Bernard Harrigan earned his Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College in spring 2021. An active member of the campus community, he served as vice president of Community Earth and president pro tempore of the Palm Beach Gardens campus. A student in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College and member of Phi Theta Kappa, Harrigan represented students on the College Affordability Task Force and Quality Enhancement Plan Development Team and provided guidance through the Inter Club Council. … Continue reading Alumnus helping empower communities impacted by environmental injustice

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Nursing alumnus helps accelerate Foundation chair’s ICU recovery

By: Dean Glorioso
The fear and loneliness of an intensive care unit can be devastating.
When Palm Beach State College Foundation Board Chair Ricky Wade found himself at Good Samaritan Medical Center, he expected quality care but not from who would give it, his own good Samaritan.
Wade spent 17 solitary days in the ICU. “The nights were the worst,” recalls Wade. “I was afraid to sleep, the anxiety unbearable.”
Several nights into his stay, Wade was greeted with something unexpected: a familiar voice. … Continue reading Nursing alumnus helps accelerate Foundation chair’s ICU recovery

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Palm Beach State College Mourns the Loss of Yvonne S. Boice, Prominent Philanthropist and Longtime Foundation Board Member

Palm Beach State College mourns the loss of Yvonne S. Boice, a beloved member of the Foundation for Palm Beach State College Board of Directors, whose light will continue to shine brightly at PBSC and throughout our communities. Yvonne passed away on Friday, January 13 at her home in Boca Raton. She was a Foundation Board Member since 2004.
“Yvonne was a tremendous individual and philanthropist who prioritized education and the students of Palm Beach State College,” said Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College Mourns the Loss of Yvonne S. Boice, Prominent Philanthropist and Longtime Foundation Board Member

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PBSC alumnus becomes successful artisan and entrepreneur

Palm Beach State College alumnus Matt Cox has been brewing since 2000.
When Cox opened Copperpoint Brewing Company in 2015, he brought a gem to Boynton Beach. PBSC alumnus Matt Cox has been brewing since 2000. When Cox opened Copperpoint Brewing Company in 2015, he brought a gem to Boynton Beach. Keeping everything close to home with local resources for both beer and bar—from the ingredients for brewing to the tables for gathering—Copperpoint is a true neighborhood establishment that has become a staple of local craftsmanship. … Continue reading PBSC alumnus becomes successful artisan and entrepreneur

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Daughter continues mom’s legacy at Palm Beach State College

When Isabella Henderson started taking classes at PBSC, she was confident she would get a great education. That’s because Henderson was following in the footsteps of her mother, Paula McLeod, who not only shared with her the benefits of attending, but that the College would offer her a great path to a university like it did for her.
McLeod, the vice president of major gifts at the United Way of Palm Beach County, and Henderson, who is pursuing an Associate in Science degree in Human Services, … Continue reading Daughter continues mom’s legacy at Palm Beach State College

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Cancer delays but does not derail PBSC graduate’s plans

With a Child Development Associate certification and a College Credit Certificate in Pre-School, Tonia Williams Staten has been teaching since 2006 at the Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach, but her long-term goal was to earn a degree.
Despite her initial struggles with a required math course, she was working toward her Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Palm Beach State College when she was diagnosed in 2014 with an aggressive breast cancer. … Continue reading Cancer delays but does not derail PBSC graduate’s plans

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McNeal named 2022 ICYG Community Giant; receives Administrator of the Year award

Dr. LaTanya L. McNeal, executive dean of the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus, was inducted into the Inner City Youth Golfers Inc.’s Community Giants Class of 2022 during a ceremony Dec. 10 at the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. As a Community Giant, she was also honored with their Administrator of the Year award.
“Dr. McNeal received the award for her love and commitment to the youth, and her service and dedication to the community. … Continue reading McNeal named 2022 ICYG Community Giant; receives Administrator of the Year award

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Parker receives South Florida Ultimate CEO award

Palm Beach State President Ava L. Parker, J.D., has received the 2022 South Florida Ultimate CEO award from the South Florida Business Journal for her visionary business leadership.
The award was presented by Comcast Business during a ceremony Nov. 17 at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. As a recipient, Parker was featured with other honorees on the cover of the business journal’s Nov. 18 edition.
Parker was among 15 honorees, who were recognized for their amazing contributions to their company, … Continue reading Parker receives South Florida Ultimate CEO award

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Belle Glade campus theater dedicates season to Homer Hand who died Nov. 5

When the curtains open throughout the 2022-2023 season at the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus theater, it will be in memory of Homer Hand, a former College trustee and longtime supporter and philanthropist, who died Nov. 5. He was 94.
The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is dedicating its entire season to Hand, who along with his wife, the theater’s namesake, was a staunch supporter of the nearly 500-seat facility. It opened in 1982, … Continue reading Belle Glade campus theater dedicates season to Homer Hand who died Nov. 5

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Coleman-Ferrell named Palm Beach North Chamber’s Woman of the Year

Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College, has been named the 2022 Woman of the Year by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.
The award was announced at the Woman of the Year Luncheon, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and The Markarian Group, on Oct. 28 at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter. It is presented annually to a woman who demonstrates business leadership and a commitment to the Palm Beach North community. … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell named Palm Beach North Chamber’s Woman of the Year

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