Alumni Success Stories

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From left, Charles Gableman, Julie Swindler and Dr. Ryan Hynd

Charles C. Gableman

A.S., A.A., Palm Beach Community College, 1989 & 1990

B.S., Florida Atlantic University

Engineering was the clear career choice for Chuck Gableman as a young college student with an aptitude for math and problem-solving. At PBCC he juggled challenging calculus and physics courses with a side job in the mail room of a local engineering firm. Now, after more than 22 years as an engineer, Gableman is president of JLRD, Inc., a leader in the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for buildings.

JLRD collaborates with architectural clients to provide sustainable design and ensure that integrated engineered systems enhance the form, function and aesthetics of the building. The firm has been involved in educational facility projects totaling over a billion dollars, including Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach, FAU’s Innovation Village and Palm Beach State College’s new campus construction in Loxahatchee Groves.

Gableman credits PBCC with giving him a solid foundation in “the language of engineering” – mathematics. “I attribute my success to the quality of education I received from my professors there,” he said.

Julie Swindler

A.A., Palm Beach Junior College, 1977

B.S.W., Florida Atlantic University

M.S.W., Barry University
Making a lasting difference in a child’s life requires a whole-family focus. That is the simple but powerful premise of Families First, a nonprofit agency led for 22 years by chief executive officer Julie Swindler.

“We believe everyone really wants to do the best by their families, but people only know how to parent the way that they were parented. We help them see a different way to parent, focusing on their strengths, to change behaviors so that cycles of abuse and neglect can be stopped,” she said. The Palm Beach County organization is known for working collaboratively with other agencies to address wraparound concerns such as housing and job training to help families become self-sufficient.
Swindler said that volunteer and missionary stints as a youth inspired her to study human services at PBJC and set her sights on a service career. “Every class that I took really confirmed my desire to work in this system and to understand the family dynamic. It was a very positive experience.”

Ryan Hynd

A.A., Palm Beach Community College, 2001

B.S., M.Sc., Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D., University of California — Berkeley

Partial differential equations, stochastic optimal control and calculus of variations are some of the primary interests of Dr. Ryan Hynd, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research publications and tenure-track post at an Ivy League institution are impressive, especially when he notes that just 14 years ago, he was a PBCC student seeking math tutoring help.

“I was not always a math person. PBCC was where I really became a student, and I discovered that I liked math. Today, I’m still drawing on the basics that I got at PBCC,” he said.
Hynd’s former tutor, Jermaine Gordon, is now a Palm Beach State math professor. Hynd says Gordon and former physics professors Richard Fleisher and John Berryman helped him get serious and focused on his studies, something he remembers as he teaches and mentors his own students at Penn. “I hope today’s students can have experiences like I did. PBCC was a special place for me, a stepping stone for life, and I had a great experience there.”

Palm Beach State College salutes these alumni and takes pride in their success stories. If you are a graduate, we would love to share your accomplishments.

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