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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Sometimes destiny stares you right in the face.
Picture a seven-year-old boy staring transfixed at two man-eating lions, stuffed and on display at Chicago’s Field Museum. He would get a good grade on his school report about the notorious killers of Tsavo, Kenya.
Flash forward to today and this seven-year-old is now the general curator for Lion Country Safari, the renowned drive-through wild animal park in western Palm Beach County. … Continue reading Life on the Wild Side: Brian Dowling’s surprising, satisfying career →