Tag: Ava L. Parker

PBSC among partners in new research center that aims to address inequities in college online learning

Palm Beach State College is among nine colleges and universities, and the only one in Florida, partnering in a new national research initiative that aims to address inequities in online learning in higher education.
SRI Education and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College are launching a research center with a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. They are partnering with these broad-access colleges and universities,  … Continue reading PBSC among partners in new research center that aims to address inequities in college online learning

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Grad Walk brings smiles, tears of joy for graduates

In lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony, Palm Beach State College held Grad Walk  May 13 to celebrate the achievements of its spring 2021 graduates.

For eight hours, graduates donning caps and gowns arrived in groups of 40 during 15-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. Parker, J.D. and be photographed. The families, some teary eyed, watched and chanted from the audience in the Duncan Theatre as their graduate crossed the stage. … Continue reading Grad Walk brings smiles, tears of joy for graduates

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Van Williams selected to lead PBSC Boca Raton campus

Van Williams, an Army veteran with 24 years of higher education experience, including 12 at Palm Beach State College, has been selected to lead the Boca Raton campus as provost and dean of student services.
Williams, current dean of student services on the Lake Worth campus, will begin his new role June 1 and become the newest member of President Ava L. Parker’s executive leadership team. He was selected after a nationwide search that was narrowed to two finalists. … Continue reading Van Williams selected to lead PBSC Boca Raton campus

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PBSC to celebrate 2020 graduates at Grad Walk

Palm Beach State College is hosting Grad Walk Dec. 19 to celebrate the achievements of its 2020 graduates.
The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. With social distancing and other COVID-19 safety procedures in place, graduates will arrive in groups of 20 during 30-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. Parker, … Continue reading PBSC to celebrate 2020 graduates at Grad Walk

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FPL’s $1 million gift to buy laptops for rapid credentialing students

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced today a $1 million donation to buy more than 1,600 laptops for students to use in rapid credentialing programs to obtain the skills they need to get back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
FPL’s donation comes on the heels of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education launch of the Get There Florida initiative, in which they raised awareness of rapid credentialing programs.  
“Since taking office, … Continue reading FPL’s $1 million gift to buy laptops for rapid credentialing students

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PBSC releases plan to return to campus

Palm Beach State College has released its plan to return to campus in the fall.
The three-phase plan includes detailed measures to keep students and employees safe while also continuing to deliver a quality academic experience and strong student support services. It calls for a flexible mixture of remote, hybrid (partially in-person and partially online) and some completely face-to-face courses, particularly for labs and career programs that can’t convert to remote instruction.
It also includes a staggered return and scheduling approach for employees, … Continue reading PBSC releases plan to return to campus

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Duffie named vice president of finance and administration

James Duffie, a Palm Beach State College alumnus and the College’s longtime controller, has been appointed vice president of finance and administration.
Duffie will report directly to President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and serve on her executive cabinet. He replaces Robbi Stivers, who served in a similar role for more than a year.
“I’m very pleased to appoint Jim to this position during a critical time for our College and our nation,’’ Parker said. “We need consistency and focus as we work to navigate the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and finalize our budgetary process for the next fiscal year. … Continue reading Duffie named vice president of finance and administration

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PBSC to offer two new bachelor’s degrees this fall

Palm Beach State College will begin offering two new bachelor’s degree programs in the fall to give students pursuing careers in human services and respiratory therapy more options to further their education and meet the growing demands of the critical fields.
The Florida Board of Education approved the College’s proposals April 1 to launch a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. The programs will bring the number of bachelor’s degrees offered by the College to five. … Continue reading PBSC to offer two new bachelor’s degrees this fall

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Bestselling author creates scholarship for PBSC students

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is creating a scholarship that will cover the full cost of tuition for Palm Beach State College students.
The Patterson Family Foundation has established scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at 15 colleges and universities across the United States, but this will be the first to benefit community college students. The James Patterson Presidential Scholarship will fund 32 full-time  scholarships, which will be awarded annually to 16 incoming and 16 second-year PBSC students. … Continue reading Bestselling author creates scholarship for PBSC students

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PBSC to create Cross-Cultural Equity Institute

Palm Beach State College is planning to establish a Cross-Cultural Equity Institute this year to improve retention and help close the graduation gap for minority students.
The institute will be named after Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, a local philanthropist and former longtime educator and elected official, whose generous gift to the College is making it possible. The Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Cross-Cultural Equity Institute is expected to be the first of its kind in the Florida College System to address an issue facing community colleges across the state and that is part of the national higher education dialogue. … Continue reading PBSC to create Cross-Cultural Equity Institute

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