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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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Longtime former Workforce Dean Pat Richie passes away

This story has been updated to include details on the memorial service set for Sept. 16, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Patricia V. Richie, Palm Beach State College’s former longtime dean of Business, Trades and Public Safety programs, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 24, her family has announced.
Richie, whom many called Pat or Dean Richie, had worked at the College in various workforce roles for 27 years before retiring in January. “Pat truly loved working at Palm Beach State College and spoke very highly and fondly of both her work family and the countless students she had the pleasure of mentoring and leading at the College,’’ her family said in a statement. … Continue reading Longtime former Workforce Dean Pat Richie passes away

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Carballoso appointed to Leadership Glades board

Roberto Carballoso, Student Learning Center manager at the Belle Glade campus, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Leadership Glades Advisory Board of Directors.
Leadership Glades is a program of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce that prepares leaders for the challenges facing the community.
“I’m honored that they asked me to serve,’’ said Carballoso. “It’s a great program. It’s doing great things for the community and for upcoming leaders in the community.”
Carballoso is a graduate of PBSC’s Emerging Leaders program and of the Leadership Glades class of 2018.  … Continue reading Carballoso appointed to Leadership Glades board

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McNeal accepted into Leadership Engage program

Dr. LaTanya McNeal, executive dean of the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus, has been accepted into the 2021-22 class for Leadership Engage, the highly selective flagship program of Leadership Palm Beach County.
Presented by iTHINK Financial, Leadership Engage is a 10-month program that unites community leaders and offers participants a transformative learning experience and a powerful network, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.
McNeal, who has led the Belle Glade campus since 2019, … Continue reading McNeal accepted into Leadership Engage program

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PBSC water treatment grad garners licenses and breaks barriers

Five years ago, Tara Chattergoon had trouble keeping her head above water in a retail management career that left her unhappy and stressed out. Now she’s found great satisfaction in a career that has her testing the waters every day.
Out of 110,000 employed nationwide as water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators, only 8% are women, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that hasn’t stopped Chattergoon from pursuing the opportunities for growth and rewards in this essential services career that’s vital to protecting public health and the environment. … Continue reading PBSC water treatment grad garners licenses and breaks barriers

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PBSC alum among inaugural Marshall-Motley Scholars

Victor Olofin, a Palm Beach State College alumnus with a passion for civil rights and criminal justice reform, will get a full ride to law school after being among 10 chosen for the inaugural cohort of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program.
The groundbreaking program, launched in January by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will create a pipeline of next generation civil rights lawyers in the South. It is named after Thurgood Marshall, … Continue reading PBSC alum among inaugural Marshall-Motley Scholars

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PBSC grad shares story of perseverance

Fadino Jean Louis spent much of his formative years struggling in class. Students mocked him, and teachers gave up on him.
“In elementary school I used to never be smart. Every teacher thought I would never be smart. Everybody kept saying I was too slow. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. Just give up. I never made an A-B Honor Roll. I always got perfect attendance. I was so ashamed of that,” recalled Jean Louis. … Continue reading PBSC grad shares story of perseverance

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