Palm Beach State College alumnus Tim Tracy had his sights set on attending the University of Central Florida after high school. Living with his parents at the time, he also wanted to stay working part-time and save money. He knew attending Palm Beach State for the first two years would allow him to do just that and also give him a great educational start that would prepare him for a larger school.
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, … Continue reading Tracy says PBSC gave him unique experience with national news crew
After graduating from Wellington High School, Palm Beach State College alumnus Tyson Tabora, now a podiatric surgeon, wanted to attend a college that was close to home and affordable. He knew Palm Beach State College was the perfect choice.
“I chose PBSC because of financial savings to my family as well as the proximity to my home,” said Tabora, who graduated from Barry University’s Podiatry School of Medicine in the top 1% of his class. “I was the first to attend college among my siblings, … Continue reading Surgeon says PBSC provided him a sense of community
When it came time to choose a college to attend, Palm Beach State College alumnus Ivan Franco, now a project engineer with Pratt & Whitney, didn’t hesitate.
“I realized there were an abundance of resources available to students at PBSC,” said Franco, who was born in Colombia and emigrated to the United States in 2006. “For starters, the career planning, tons of engaging organizations that stimulated my academic growth, and a great atmosphere to learn. After my freshmen orientation and greeting faculty, … Continue reading Pratt & Whitney engineer says attending PBSC was priceless
Josh Smalls grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. and has called Boca Raton home for the past 10 years.
He began his studies in music education, planning on a teaching career. As life happens, that shifted to sales and then technology, prompting him to take online classes at Palm Beach State College in 2017. From there, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University, where he was recently accepted into an MBA program though has declined the offer. … Continue reading Co-founder of fundraising program says PBSC’s online classes were key
Fatima Cajas was working in a Cuban cafeteria when someone recruited her to attend Palm Beach State College. Graduating from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College in 2017 with an associate degree in communications sent her to Florida International University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Dr. Maria Vallejo recruited Cajas as a student when she was working at the cafeteria. “I did everything she recommended, and I landed a notable internship at ESPN in West Palm Beach, … Continue reading Aspiring meteorologist lands dream job at Univision
From bartending in Colorado to teaching scuba diving in California, Jamie Walker had considered herself somewhat of a nomad, eventually finding herself at Palm Beach State College.
Originally from Wisconsin, Walker was living in California when the terrorist attacks took place on Sept. 11, 2001. She moved to Florida and completed PBSC’s Public Safety Program in 2002, and a year later became a West Palm Beach firefighter and first responder.
Recently, Walker became the assistant chief and health safety officer for the fire department. … Continue reading Fire department leader credits PBSC for reigniting a passion for her career
Paul Duros is a longtime veteran of the United States Army (32 years), the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (14 years) and the Police Academy at then-named Palm Beach Community College.
Considering himself a Floridian, Duros finished college in West Virgina and moved to West Palm Beach with his family in 1994. For several years, he found himself bouncing between active duty, the army reserve and the police department until he retired from the Army. Since joining the Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office, … Continue reading Veteran and lieutenant helps lead the next generation of police officers
Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., a Palm Beach State College sociology professor, recently shared his expert perspective in a Newsweek magazine article, “Russia Sparks Rare Condemnation From One of Its Closest Allies.”
Quoted extensively in the Sept. 8 article, Fleischman countered the Cuban position that Russia is solely responsible for recruiting Cuban soldiers for the war in Ukraine through a human trafficking network.
Fleischman has written books on Latin America and the Middle East and contributes articles to academic, … Continue reading PBSC professor featured in Newsweek magazine
Originally from New York City, Palm Beach State alumnus David Fleisch knew all too well what financial struggle looked like. While he didn’t have much guidance as a child, he always had a curious nature, motivating him to explore. Finding electronics on the street, he would take them home and teach himself how to reassemble them, building skills that would benefit him later in life.
Fleisch started giving back to the community at 16 years old, … Continue reading Veteran credits PBSC for giving him the resources to succeed
When Palm Beach State College alumnus John Charmant came to the United States in 2009 from Haiti, he couldn’t speak English and struggled adapting to the culture.
Today, thanks to the support and encouragement of some of his high school and PBSC professors, he is the proud author of “Luxers’ Multiverse: The Grand Design,” an English book published in 2018.
The book is set in the year 2090, where the traditional borders between countries have dissolved, … Continue reading PBSC professors inspire alumnus to publish first book