During high school, Tom Valeo, now the chief of staff for the City of West Palm Beach, didn’t give much thought to attending college. Valeo says it was mainly because no one in his immediate family had ever graduated from college.
However, this changed when he got exposed to PBSC’s music department through his high school’s music program. Having music as a passion and considering PBSC’s program exceptional, he decided to enroll.
Valeo would go on to join the 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble at PBSC and graduate with his Associate in Arts degree in 2013. … Continue reading Chief of staff says PBSC helped him uncover new passions
Gregory Dillard was born and raised in West Palm Beach. After graduating high school in Atlanta, he returned, entering the Business Management program at then Palm Beach Junior College in 1985.
After his father passed away in 1987, Dillard took an alternate path into the Army where he played for their tennis team from 1988-1991. But his tennis prowess developed while at PBJC.
One of his fondest memories of PBJC comes from being a member of the tennis team. … Continue reading Business entrepreneur fondly recalls tennis playing days at PBJC
After graduating from Wellington High School, Palm Beach State College alumnus Tyson Tabora, now a podiatric surgeon, wanted to attend a college that was close to home and affordable. He knew Palm Beach State College was the perfect choice.
“I chose PBSC because of financial savings to my family as well as the proximity to my home,” said Tabora, who graduated from Barry University’s Podiatry School of Medicine in the top 1% of his class. “I was the first to attend college among my siblings, … Continue reading Surgeon says PBSC provided him a sense of community
When it came time to choose a college to attend, Palm Beach State College alumnus Ivan Franco, now a project engineer with Pratt & Whitney, didn’t hesitate.
“I realized there were an abundance of resources available to students at PBSC,” said Franco, who was born in Colombia and emigrated to the United States in 2006. “For starters, the career planning, tons of engaging organizations that stimulated my academic growth, and a great atmosphere to learn. After my freshmen orientation and greeting faculty, … Continue reading Pratt & Whitney engineer says attending PBSC was priceless
Paul Duros is a longtime veteran of the United States Army (32 years), the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (14 years) and the Police Academy at then-named Palm Beach Community College.
Considering himself a Floridian, Duros finished college in West Virgina and moved to West Palm Beach with his family in 1994. For several years, he found himself bouncing between active duty, the army reserve and the police department until he retired from the Army. Since joining the Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office, … Continue reading Veteran and lieutenant helps lead the next generation of police officers
Originally from New York City, Palm Beach State alumnus David Fleisch knew all too well what financial struggle looked like. While he didn’t have much guidance as a child, he always had a curious nature, motivating him to explore. Finding electronics on the street, he would take them home and teach himself how to reassemble them, building skills that would benefit him later in life.
Fleisch started giving back to the community at 16 years old, … Continue reading Veteran credits PBSC for giving him the resources to succeed
When Palm Beach State College alumnus John Charmant came to the United States in 2009 from Haiti, he couldn’t speak English and struggled adapting to the culture.
Today, thanks to the support and encouragement of some of his high school and PBSC professors, he is the proud author of “Luxers’ Multiverse: The Grand Design,” an English book published in 2018.
The book is set in the year 2090, where the traditional borders between countries have dissolved, … Continue reading PBSC professors inspire alumnus to publish first book
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
Since graduating from Palm Beach State College in 1997 and 1998, Ezra Saffold has become an accomplished business leader in the community, now the president/owner of All-Site Construction. As a third-generation general contractor, Saffold is clearly demonstrating his expertise in industry strategies, market identification and business acumen.
Founded in 2001, All-Site is a certified general contracting firm serving Palm Beach County. Specializing in commercial and residential building and renovations, All-Site has established an impressive track record for new projects, … Continue reading Owner of contracting firm says PBSC springboarded his path to entrepreneurship
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