Tag: Ava L. Parker

Grand opening held for Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Equity Institute official site

Palm Beach State College held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 4  for the official home of its Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Equity Institute that aims to improve retention and close the graduation gap for minority students.
The College reconfigured and renovated a section of the second floor of the library on the Lake Worth campus for the Equity Institute, which launched in 2020 and was named in honor of a local philanthropist whose $1.6 million investment made it possible. … Continue reading Grand opening held for Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Equity Institute official site

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PBSC sees upward trend in fall term enrollment

Palm Beach State College’s fall term enrollment is up 6% compared to the prior year as more students returned to school or started their education.
With nearly 25,000 students enrolled for face-to-face and online classes, this marks the first time since fall 2018 that enrollment increased over the prior fall term.
“I’m excited to see more students back in school or launching their higher education to achieve their goals,’’ said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. … Continue reading PBSC sees upward trend in fall term enrollment

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Palm Beach State and School District partner on initiative to enhance cybersecurity training

Palm Beach State College is expanding its partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County to enhance cybersecurity and information technology instruction and prepare more students for the growing workforce needs, thanks to a more than $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Education.
College and school district officials formally announced the Palm Beach Collaborative Cyber Pathway Project at a kickoff event in the Center for Bachelor’s Programs on the Lake Worth campus Aug. … Continue reading Palm Beach State and School District partner on initiative to enhance cybersecurity training

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Coleman-Ferrell selected for the Aspen Institute’s Rising Presidents Fellowship

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced Aug. 22 that Tunjarnika L. Coleman-Ferrell, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College, is one of 31 leaders selected for the 2022-23 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship. This program, delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, prepares the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.
Many sitting community college presidents plan to retire in the next decade, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell selected for the Aspen Institute’s Rising Presidents Fellowship

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The Foundation for PBSC to host Achieve Palm Beach County

The Foundation for Palm Beach State College was named the host organization for Achieve Palm Beach County, a network that supports postsecondary access and success for Palm Beach County high school graduates. After considering many outstanding candidates, The Foundation for PBSC was chosen because of the College’s dedication to equity, commitment to collective impact and passion for preparing students for career success.
“Palm Beach State has been educating students in this county for nearly 90 years. … Continue reading The Foundation for PBSC to host Achieve Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach State College earns reaccreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed Palm Beach State College’s accreditation for an additional 10 years.
The SACSCOC Board of Trustees voted to approve the reaffirmation at its recent meeting. The decision followed an extensive process that included a virtual site visit in October 2021 by a SACSCOC on-site committee of higher education experts and leaders. During the two-day visit, the committee held more than 35 interviews with individuals and groups across PBSC to review the College’s programs, … Continue reading Palm Beach State College earns reaccreditation

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Chancellor Hebda visits Palm Beach State

Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda recently visited Palm Beach State College to get a closeup look at some of its programs and facilities.
On June 9, President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and a group of staff and faculty greeted Hebda on the Lake Worth  campus and led her on tours of the Public Safety Training Center, as well as the Duncan Theatre, Library, Veterans Success Center and the Art Gallery in the Humanities Building. She also visited the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting labs and other career programs. … Continue reading Chancellor Hebda visits Palm Beach State

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PBSC celebrates spring graduates with traditional fanfare

Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,000 spring graduates at two commencement ceremonies May 12 and applauded their resilience in reaching the milestone despite unique challenges caused by the pandemic.
It was the first time since December 2019 that PBSC held commencement ceremonies with keynote speakers and traditional fanfare, including a performance by the PBSC drumline and singing of the College’s alma mater.
“For many of you it has taken two years to reach this milestone. … Continue reading PBSC celebrates spring graduates with traditional fanfare

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PBSC receives $700,000 in federal funds to expand respiratory care lab

Palm Beach State College will receive $700,000 in federal funds to expand and enhance its clinical training lab for students in the Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who was responsible for getting the funding in the 2022 fiscal year budget recently signed by President Joe Biden, made a formal announcement at a press conference April 13 in the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
“Palm Beach State College is especially recognized for the important role it plays in responding to the workforce needs of our community,’’ Frankel said. … Continue reading PBSC receives $700,000 in federal funds to expand respiratory care lab

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PBSC returns to traditional commencement ceremonies

Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center May 12 to celebrate its more than 2,000 expected spring graduates.
The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and the certificate programs. A second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for Associate in Arts degree graduates. State Sens. Tina Polsky, … Continue reading PBSC returns to traditional commencement ceremonies

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