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
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
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
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
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
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
Van Williams, an Army veteran with 24 years of higher education experience, including 12 at Palm Beach State College, has been selected to lead the Boca Raton campus as provost and dean of student services.
Williams, current dean of student services on the Lake Worth campus, will begin his new role June 1 and become the newest member of President Ava L. Parker’s executive leadership team. He was selected after a nationwide search that was narrowed to two finalists. … Continue reading Van Williams selected to lead PBSC Boca Raton campus
Maria Heather Moya, outgoing Student Government Association president at Palm Beach State College’s Boca Raton campus, has won a statewide award for her outstanding leadership and service during the 2020-2021 school year.
Moya received the Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award in the Community College Student category from the Florida College System Student Government Association. The award is named in recognition of the former Florida state senator, governor and U.S. senator.
“It’s an amazing honor,” said Moya, … Continue reading SGA leader at Boca Raton campus wins statewide award
Lt. Matt Keeler, director of Palm Beach State’s Emergency Medical Services programs, has received the Paramedic of the Year award from Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, where he has worked as a Lt. Firefighter/Paramedic for almost 25 years.
Boynton Beach Fire Rescue has about 120 paramedics, and Keeler was nominated for the award by his Battalion Chief John Canela, who oversees the B-Shift personnel.
In nominating Keeler for the award, Canela wrote: “As BBFR’s most senior member, … Continue reading Keeler named Boynton Beach Fire’s Paramedic of the Year
Bernard Harrigan, a Palm Beach State College student and Army veteran who is fulfilling his longtime dream of a higher education, is among only 20 students and the only one in Florida selected for the All-USA Academic Team.
The students were chosen from more than 2,000 nominations for the academic honor, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious for associate-degree granting institutions. They each will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
“I believe it truly shows that support is the cornerstone to your success, … Continue reading PBSC student among 20 to make All-USA Academic Team