Tag: alumna

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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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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Girl Scout VP says PBSC provided her with a solid foundation

Elle Harrigan’s career began as a certified pharmacy technician and trainer for Walgreens which led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Fueled by this scientific foundation, she thought she would pursue a career in research. However, life had different plans for Harrigan, now the vice president of advancement at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.
While she was at PBAU, she started volunteering at Urban Youth Impact (UYI), … Continue reading Girl Scout VP says PBSC provided her with a solid foundation

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CFO found constant support and enjoyment while attending PBSC

Kristy Brown lives by three great mantras: try everything, be your most authentic self and make a difference. Today, she is doing exactly that – making a difference in young lives as the chief financial officer for the Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Reading, Pa.
Brown had originally enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic University but was drawn to then Palm Beach Community College. After two years, she absolutely enjoyed her time and wasn’t ready to leave, … Continue reading CFO found constant support and enjoyment while attending PBSC

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Alumna helps empower students to keep learning

Today, Ornella Barile is the accessibility advisor for Palm Beach State College at the Boca Raton campus. In 2018, she was a Palm Beach State student who graduated with an Associate in Arts degree.
As both a Palm Beach State alum and an employee, Barile sees the College from two sides. For students, she encourages them to keep learning always. “Look for opportunities; they are out there waiting to be discovered.”
Simply put, Barile believes that we should never stop learning and growing, … Continue reading Alumna helps empower students to keep learning

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The journey of a lifetime: I chose nursing at Palm Beach State College

Palm Beach State College alumna Sandra Raymond remembers the student-oriented, friendly environment she experienced as a student earning an Associate in Science degree in Nursing after graduating high school. Raymond was working as a cashier at the time and chose the PBSC Nursing program partly because of its flexibility so she could continue to work while attending college. She also wanted to stay local.
The beginning of a journey
Getting that first degree was just the beginning of Raymond’s educational journey.  … Continue reading The journey of a lifetime: I chose nursing at Palm Beach State College

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Alumna credits Palm Beach State for preparing her to thrive in health care

Palm Beach State alumna Kerima Gorigoitia earned her Associate in Science degree in nursing in 2014. Today, she is enjoying a career at Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach, serving the Clinical Appropriateness Management department.
Gorigoitia conveys a strong sentiment to all the PBSC students that they are at the right place to complete their education and professional dreams. In fact, according to Gorigoitia, Palm Beach State completely changed her life for the better with an opportunity to become a highly skilled professional while taking care of her family. … Continue reading Alumna credits Palm Beach State for preparing her to thrive in health care

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