The Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special taxing district that supports Walt Disney World, has donated used equipment to the Palm Beach State College Electrical Power Technology Program to help prepare students for today’s workforce.
Marlin Vaughn, cogeneration plant operator at Reedy Creek, arranged the donation of the continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS), valued at $100,000, through his involvement as a member and immediate past chair of the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium. … Continue reading Reedy Creek donates equipment to train PBSC students
Palm Beach State College is launching a new Center for Excellence in Engineering Technology at the Belle Glade and Palm Beach Gardens campuses with a more than $2 million award from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.
Slated to open in August, the Center will allow the College to expand its engineering program offerings and provide a more collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to boosting the number of highly trained, middle-skill workers to meet the needs of the aviation/aerospace, … Continue reading PBSC receives $2 million to expand engineering training
Looking to increase the flow of talent in its workforce pipeline, Niagara Bottling LLC has partnered with Palm Beach State College’s Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology programs, providing a commitment of paid internships and $39,000 worth of training equipment to help prepare students for careers in its advanced manufacturing operations.
Eight students, along with faculty and staff, toured the company’s Jupiter facility earlier this month, which is one of 32 worldwide. As the leading bottler of private label water in the world—with clients like Costco, … Continue reading Business partnership aims to turn on the talent tap
When Eduardo Gilces graduates from PBSC’s Engineering Technology A.S. degree program this month, he’ll already have eight months under his belt at his dream job as a drafter/modeler for Florida Turbine Technologies in Jupiter. However, 19 months ago, his job at FTT—helping to design turbine engines for the aerospace industry—seemed like a dream that would never come true.
Back then he was paying his bills with a job in the produce department of a local Publix. … Continue reading From supermarket to super engines: One graduate’s journey
Gabriel Altman is finishing a prestigious, career-launching internship this week, and he credits PBSC’s Electrical Power Technology A.S. degree program for the opportunity.
Although Altman has a master’s degree in horticultural science from the University of Florida, by his late thirties, he knew his career needed a reboot. His interest in renewable energy led him to the EPT program, which prepares students to work with the instrumentation and controls used in power generation, renewable energy plants, … Continue reading Electrical Power program recharges student’s career
Pedro Borba, a student in Palm Beach State College’s Electrical Power Technology Associate in Science degree program, has received the Chancellor’s Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month award for May.
Each month, one outstanding student from the 28 colleges in the Florida College System is chosen for the award named after the first head of FCS. Borba receives $150 from the Clark Maxwell Jr. Scholarship fund and is featured on the FCS website and in the May newsletter. … Continue reading Florida College System selects PBSC student for monthly award
Since his arrival at Palm Beach State College in 2010, Associate Professor Oleg Andric has developed a reputation for preparing top-notch graduates in demand by local employers in the energy and power generation, aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Now The Engineers’ Council has recognized his impact by presenting him with its Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.
“The award means a huge validation and recognition from the industry,” says Andric. “With this recognition, more companies will be eager to look at our students and graduates and bring them on as interns and employees.”
Andric received the award at the 2016 National Engineer’s Week Honors and Awards Banquet Feb. … Continue reading Andric honored as distinguished engineering educator
New 3-D printers and scanners, a humanoid robot, a wind turbine simulator, an alternative energy training center and sensor calibration stations for pressure, temperature and strain are among the new high-tech tools that drew an excited crowd Tuesday evening at the unveiling of Palm Beach State College’s newly upgraded laboratory for the Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology programs. The lab, located in the BioScience Technology Complex on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, gives students the opportunity to work with the latest equipment used in manufacturing, … Continue reading Business partners see value in new lab technology
The demand for skilled technicians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields has reached a critical level nationwide and in South Florida. With an $868,105 grant from the National Science Foundation, Palm Beach State College plans to do something about it.
Palm Beach State’s InnovATE project aims to awaken student interest in STEM fields and expose them to a continuum of outreach, education and support that leads to satisfying, high-demand careers. The three-year grant will enhance targeted associate degree programs, … Continue reading Palm Beach State awarded National Science Foundation grant to boost work-readiness for STEM fields
Reading about STEM is fine, but for students to truly grasp how science, technology, engineering and math are applied to real-world challenges, they need practice.
At Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, students are getting plenty of STEM practice through the construction of a solar-powered micro smart grid. In sync with the nationwide trend to use college campuses as living laboratories, the project provides a unique hands-on experience for students, especially those enrolled in the College’s Electrical Power Technology Associate in Science degree program and the Alternative Energy Engineering Technology College Credit Certificate program, … Continue reading Solar energy project turns campus into living laboratory