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Pecker finds self and success at Palm Beach State College

There are moments in life that linger longer than expected, ones that we can recall as clearly as when they happened. When then Palm Beach State student Jackie Pecker agreed to speak at the College’s 2022 Golf Classic, I knew there was a story to tell.
With poise and a confident voice, Pecker did more than speak to guests; she inspired them. In fact, she came away from the event with no less than three new professional contacts, … Continue reading Pecker finds self and success at Palm Beach State College

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Palm Beach County commissioner says PBSC gave him a second chance

Commissioner Michael Barnett is a proud alum of Palm Beach State College, having earned his Associate in Arts degree before rising through the ranks of Palm Beach County politics.
Originally from Boca Raton, Barnett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of South Florida and his juris doctor at the University of Miami.
With a long list of professional affiliations today, Barnett reflects on his postsecondary path. “Palm Beach State accepted me after I left Florida Atlantic University after getting too politically involved. … Continue reading Palm Beach County commissioner says PBSC gave him a second chance

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PBSC professor Carmencita Mitchell honored as a Woman Who Moves the Nation

Palm Beach State College professor Carmencita Mitchell is one of 10 women honored with a Women Who Move the Nation Award from The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials for her outstanding leadership and exemplary dedication to the transportation industry.
Carmencita is the chair of the Palm Tran Public Transportation Service Board and a tenure-track faculty member at Palm Beach State where she also serves as English department cluster chair for the five campuses.
Mitchell was appointed by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners to serve as the Chairwoman of the PTSB. … Continue reading PBSC professor Carmencita Mitchell honored as a Woman Who Moves the Nation

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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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