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Alumnus plans surprise proposal in PBSC chemistry lab

When Fernando Lopez walked into his Palm Beach State College organic chemistry lab in the fall of 2017, a student sitting in the row behind him caught his eye.
That student was Glades Central High School graduate Doris Bridgeth Cabrera.
“I thought Doris was so beautiful, and I knew right then I needed to find a way to get her number,” said Lopez.
Lopez eventually gave Cabrera his Snapchat username in the hopes she would message him. … Continue reading Alumnus plans surprise proposal in PBSC chemistry lab

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Aspiring meteorologist lands dream job at Univision

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

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PBSC associate degree Is life-changing for this graduate

By Ilene Greenfield
Palm Beach State College was a game changer for Daniel Sorrow when he enrolled and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in 1999.
“Receiving that degree served as a steppingstone,” said Sorrow, who is a senior partner at Cotleur & Hearing, a landscape architecture, residential design/build, land planning, and environmental consulting firm. “That degree provided the foundation. It increased my self-esteem and gave me the confidence that I could complete a four-year degree. … Continue reading PBSC associate degree Is life-changing for this graduate

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Technology professional gives back to PBSC for forging his path to success

Palm Beach State College alumnus Travis Dietz, the senior service delivery analyst at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, gave the commencement address at PBSC President Ava. L. Parker’s first graduation ceremony when he graduated in 2016.
At the time, he was the vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, earned the Honors College Gold Track distinction and served as the Honors College Student Advisory president. Dietz went on to the University of Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. … Continue reading Technology professional gives back to PBSC for forging his path to success

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Geico entrepreneur gains invaluable experience at PBSC

After earning an Associate in Arts degree in business, Zach Ingram had initially started a bachelor’s program at another university but decided to transfer back to Palm Beach State College for his bachelor’s degree.
“Palm Beach State had just as good an educational program and was exactly what I needed,” says Ingram, who recently earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management with an entrepreneurial focus.
While in school, Ingram had been working with his uncle’s business until he started his own – a Geico office – in Orlando. … Continue reading Geico entrepreneur gains invaluable experience at 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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Alumnus helping empower communities impacted by environmental injustice

By: Dean Glorioso
Alumnus Bernard Harrigan earned his Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College in spring 2021. An active member of the campus community, he served as vice president of Community Earth and president pro tempore of the Palm Beach Gardens campus. A student in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College and member of Phi Theta Kappa, Harrigan represented students on the College Affordability Task Force and Quality Enhancement Plan Development Team and provided guidance through the Inter Club Council. … Continue reading Alumnus helping empower communities impacted by environmental injustice

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Nursing alumnus helps accelerate Foundation chair’s ICU recovery

By: Dean Glorioso
The fear and loneliness of an intensive care unit can be devastating.
When Palm Beach State College Foundation Board Chair Ricky Wade found himself at Good Samaritan Medical Center, he expected quality care but not from who would give it, his own good Samaritan.
Wade spent 17 solitary days in the ICU. “The nights were the worst,” recalls Wade. “I was afraid to sleep, the anxiety unbearable.”
Several nights into his stay, Wade was greeted with something unexpected: a familiar voice. … Continue reading Nursing alumnus helps accelerate Foundation chair’s ICU recovery

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Minor league pitcher gives back to PBSC

Even though Mack Lemieux has already wrapped up his first season with the Hillsboro Hops, he couldn’t keep his mind off Palm Beach State College.
“I had a great time at PBSC,” said Lemieux, who was a freshman pitcher during the Panthers spring 2016 season. “All the coaching staff helped me develop and mature as a player and a person and gave me the lessons I needed to prepare me for the major leagues.”
Lemieux, … Continue reading Minor league pitcher gives back to PBSC

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Fashion industry success — by design

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
Just six years ago, Lia Larrea was a business student at Palm Beach State College, on the cusp of earning an associate degree, and uncertain what she wanted to do with her life. In need of additional credits, she decided to take a painting class with instructor Clarence “Skip” Measelle. The course had prerequisites, but as she had been painting and drawing since she was a child in Ecuador, … Continue reading Fashion industry success — by design

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