Tag: Lake Worth Campus

Medical Assisting student honored for military service

On July 1, Gov. Rick Scott was in West Palm Beach to present 187 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award, a medal for Floridians who have served in a U.S. military branch. Thomas Whelan was among them.
Whelan, who is enrolled in Palm Beach State College’s Medical Assisting program, was honored for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-94. A Sergeant E-5, he served during Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). … Continue reading Medical Assisting student honored for military service

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Palm Beach State’s Public Safety Training Center earns LEED Gold certification for green building excellence

Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices; gold is the second highest certification.
The Public Safety Training Center, which was completed in April 2013, earned gold certification for its successful use of methods to conserve energy, water and resources. … Continue reading Palm Beach State’s Public Safety Training Center earns LEED Gold certification for green building excellence

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TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

Fifteen employees of the Transportation Security Administration based at Palm Beach International Airport will be honored on June 12 for completing a college credit certificate program in Homeland Security offered by Palm Beach State College. The Achievement Ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
The Homeland Security Specialist college credit certificate was offered at no cost to the TSA employees by the TSA Office of Training and Workforce Engagement. … Continue reading TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

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Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

Professional emergency medical services teams from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties competed today in Palm Beach State College’s first EMS Panther Challenge, held at the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus. The teams’ knowledge and skills in advanced life support were put to the test in dynamic, realistic medical scenarios that involved human patient simulators (wireless, computerized mannequins) and people portraying patients.
Nine professional teams competed, including Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Boca Raton Fire Rescue departments, … Continue reading Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

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Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Lake Worth
Math Club Advisor
M.S., Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Florida Atlantic University
A.A. Palm Beach State College

Carrying a tray of sub sandwiches and two-liter beverages, Palm Beach State College student Vida Smith hurried into the room where Professor Alex Opritsa was busy at the whiteboard helping another student solve a matrix theory problem.
“If you don’t feed your brain, you can’t work,’’ Smith chuckled as she headed to a table to set up the food for herself and more than a dozen other students there for a two-hour Friday afternoon math help session hosted by the Math Club on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

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Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When Crime Scene Technology students enter the program’s lab for the first time, they’re always underwhelmed.
“There are no holograms or neon lights, The Who isn’t playing in the background and Marg Helgenberger [of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fame] doesn’t work here,” says Dr. Paul Friedman.
Likewise, Friedman dashes the hopes of criminal justice students who set their sights on becoming criminal profilers. “There’s really no such thing. … Continue reading Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

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Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
The 8 a.m. Medical Assisting class in Diseases, Disorders and Treatment is getting underway. Students are assembled, but instead of being half asleep, they are energized by a song blaring through computer speakers. Today’s selection, “YMCA,” has everyone dancing. Their instructor, Dr. Jesus Venereo, a medical doctor and pathologist, begins every morning class by playing a student’s song choice. “It brings the class together and starts conversations. … Continue reading Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

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Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

Two Palm Beach State College professors have been selected for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
Dr. Paul Friedman, department chair and crime scene technology professor, and Professor Tracy Ciucci, who teaches health education in Lake Worth, were chosen from among the College’s more than 300 full-time professors.

They are among about 850 recipients across the country who will be celebrated for their commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration. … Continue reading Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

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Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Talking about certain health topics such as alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, mental health, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases may be difficult for some, but Professor Tracy Ciucci knows how to engage her students in the classroom and online.
She focuses on facts and community resources, and she takes a real-life approach to issues that impact college students and individuals everywhere.
“I make health as relevant and involved and as personal for each student as possible,’’ said Ciucci, … Continue reading Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

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If you build the harp, they will play!

Build what? It is the Earth Harp, a large musical instrument that spans across a great distance. Today, the Earth Harp is spanning 150 feet from the sidewalk to the roof of the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College.
William Close is the artist/musician/innovator who created the instrument and will perform this weekend. The harp takes brass strings that each have a tuning plate for each note. … Continue reading If you build the harp, they will play!

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