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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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Palm Beach State College announces Money-Back Guarantee programs

Palm Beach State College has announced its Money-Back Guarantee programs.
Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, Welding, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (HVAC), Electrician and Welding were presented as the inaugural Money-Back Guarantee programs by PBSC President at the February Board of Trustees meeting in Belle Glade. Students who enroll and complete any of the Money-Back Guarantee programs and are not employed within six months after graduation, are now eligible to request a refund of their tuition. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College announces Money-Back Guarantee programs

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Finfrock gift creates scholarship for Boys & Girls Club teens to attend PBSC

Palm Beach State College has received a $20,000 donation from philanthropist Laura Finfrock to launch a scholarship for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County members at the Smith & Moore Family Teen Center in Belle Glade.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County-Belle Glade Teen Center Scholarship Fund will cover up to $1,500 per year for recipients to pursue an associate degree or career certificate at PBSC. By reaching youth early and supporting their college education, … Continue reading Finfrock gift creates scholarship for Boys & Girls Club teens to attend PBSC

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PBSC celebrates MLK’s legacy, honors local individuals

Palm Beach State College paused Jan. 13 to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor five individuals and an organization whose community work exemplifies the spirit of the noted civil rights leader.

The 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus and livestreamed for the public. The theme was “Resilience and Empowerment: Moving Forward Together,’’ and the event included performances by the Palm Beach State College Concert Chorus and the Boynton Beach Community High School Choir. … Continue reading PBSC celebrates MLK’s legacy, honors local individuals

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PBSC selected as site for debates in key political races

The Palm Beach State College Lake Worth campus will be the site in October for live televised debates for the Florida governor and U.S. Senate general election races, which are already drawing national attention.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, both national political figures, are expected to easily win renomination from Republican voters as they seek reelection to their respective positions against Democrat challengers still to be determined in the 2022 primary election process.  … Continue reading PBSC selected as site for debates in key political races

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Grad Walk highlights graduates accomplishments

Palm Beach State College rolled out the red carpet at Grad Walk Dec. 12 to celebrate the achievements of its fall 2021 graduates, as well as those who completed their programs of study during the summer.

More than 600 students participated in the event at the Duncan Theatre. They arrived in groups of 50 in 15-minute increments starting at noon. With “Pomp and Circumstance” playing in the background, they were greeted by President Ava L. Parker, … Continue reading Grad Walk highlights graduates accomplishments

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Coleman-Ferrell named vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, who has served as Palm Beach State College’s interim vice president of academic affairs since January, has been selected for the permanent role.
She was chosen after a nationwide search that drew over 60 applicants and was narrowed to three finalists.  Her appointment is effective Dec. 1. Coleman-Ferrell has more than 23 years of varied higher education teaching and administrative experience, as well as a K-12 teaching background. She joined the College in 1998 as a professor of teacher education at the Boca Raton campus and worked her way through the ranks to become department chair, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell named vice president of academic affairs

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PBSC strengthens diversity in STEM with $800,000 FPL grant

Palm Beach State College was awarded $800,000 from Florida Power & Light Company to bolster diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The grant will be given in $200,000 annual installments over the next four years as part of the FPL STEM Diversity Recruitment and Retention Fund, to further support PBSC’s ongoing efforts to provide educational equity while ultimately increasing workforce diversity in the local community.
“Making STEM education more accessible provides a clear pathway to success for students from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said PBSC President Ava L. … Continue reading PBSC strengthens diversity in STEM with $800,000 FPL grant

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