No tuition increase at PBSC for sixth straight year

LAKE WORTH — Tuition at Palm Beach State College will not increase for the sixth straight year, maintaining the college’s standing as one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the state.

The PBSC District Board of Trustees approved the college’s $129.9 million general fund budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. It calls for in-state tuition and fees to remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, regulated by the Florida Legislature, remains at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.

“It’s good for the students this year,’’ said Richard Becker, vice president of administration and business services, in a statement.

Becker presented the budget to the trustees at their meeting July 11.

While technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once, Palm Beach State’s tuition has remained flat for six years. To compare, in 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.

The move by trustees helps keep the cost of a college education affordable for students and their families, which has been an initiative pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. It also comes in the midst of growing dialogue about the mounting national student loan debt, now at a reportedly $1.4 trillion.  A new state law went into effect on July 1 requiring colleges and universities to give students detailed annual reports on their federal student loan debt so they can keep track of what they owe.

 

PBSC to host graduation ceremonies for nearly 2,700 students

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies May 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for its nearly 2,700 spring graduates.

State Sen. Jack Latvala and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings will be the keynote speakers at the ceremonies in West Palm Beach.

Latvala,( R-Clearwater), Senate Appropriations chairman, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony for the combined 1,092 graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs and the certificate programs.

Hastings, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 20th District and is currently serving his 13th term in Congress, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the 1,603 graduates of the Associate in Arts transfer degree.

The ceremonies will be streamed live at www.palmbeachstate.edu.

This year’s class includes 27 high school dual enrollment and early admission students – the largest number ever to earn the Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State while in high school, PBSC said.

All but three of the students are from Palm Beach County’s public schools.

Are you a small biz looking for a federal contract? Check this out

LAKE WORTH — On Monday, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-West Palm Beach) in partnership with the Small Business Administration will host a workshop at Palm Beach State College, west of Lake Worth, to advise local small businesses on federal contracting opportunities. 

The federal government awarded over $470 billion in contracts last year, with a goal to provide at least 23 percent of those contracts to small businesses for everything from shoes to aircraft engines, according to statement issued by Frankel’s office. Over the last five years in Florida, Small Business Development Centers have helped small businesses scure $2.1 billion in government contracts.
Monday’s workshop will feature SBA speakers who will teach attendees how to acquire federal contracts.The spearkers will be Joshua Stutzman, SBA Assistant District Director, Business Development Division and Gus Vergara, Florida SBA business opportunity specialist.
The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in the Public Safety Conference facility.

PBSC hosting free college planning seminar for high schoolers

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College on Saturday is scheduled to host a free seminar for high school seniors who still need help getting on the path to college and juniors who want to get a head start on their higher education planning.

“The College is Possible” event will be held in the Duncan Theatre on the campus west of Lake Worth, 4200 Congress Ave. Check in and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with the opening session starting at 10 a.m. The event is open to students and their parents, but attendees must pre-register at www.palmbeachstate.edu/recruitment by Thursday.

During the event, students can walk through an interactive marketplace to receive information from PBSC staff on academic programs, admissions, financial aid, registration, clubs and organizations. In addition, there will be seminars on such topics as navigating from high school to postsecondary education. There also will drawings for scholarships and other giveaways.

Seniors who have submitted an online PBSC admissions application prior to attending can participate in a special New Student Orientation and get registered for their first term classes. Assistance with completion of Palm Beach State’s admissions application also will be available. Staff will be available to schedule appointments on a future date in April and early May for any senior needing assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students applying to PBSC must provide two Florida documents to establish residency for tuition purposes. For details on the acceptable documents, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions.

PBSC expecting more than 2,000 people for Clinton rally

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rallly, (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rally. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend the rally Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have at the college Wednesday morning.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the rally will be held at the Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium on the suburban Lake Worth campus, 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Clinton’s speech is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The event is first come, first served.

There will be an overflow area outside the gym where the speech will be live streamed, Grace Truman, PBSC’s director of college relations and marketing, said.

The Secret Service will handle all security, with Clinton’s campaign paying $1,500 to rent the space, Truman said.

Total cost for the event will be about $7,000, which is also being paid by Clinton’s campaign, Truman said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will assist with traffic.

Clinton’s campaign contacted the college on Sunday about hosting the rally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also reached out PBSC, Truman said.

“They were fixed on a certain date we couldn’t accommodate,” Truman said. “The college is available to both parties.”

It will be Clinton’s first time speaking at the college. Her husband spoke at PBSC four years ago while campaigning for President Obama.

The president held a rally at the college eight years ago when he was running for his first term, Truman said.

 

PBSC hosting workshop for displaced ITT Technical Institute students

PBSCLAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is scheduled to hold a transition workshop Wednesday afternoon for ITT Technical Institute students who want to explore their options for continuing their education.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Technology Center, Room 104, on the campus west of Lake Worth, 4200 Congress Ave. Admissions, financial aid and career counseling staff will be on hand to assist students. Students should bring a copy of their unofficial transcript, driver license, voter registration card and vehicle registration.

ITT Tech, an Indiana-based for-profit college chain, announced this week that it is closing all of its 130 campuses in the U.S., leaving its reported 35,000 students scrambling just before their fall term was to begin. ITT Tech had 346 students at its campus in West Palm Beach, according to PBSC. Its South Florida campuses also included Hialeah, Davie and Fort Lauderdale.

While PBSC’s fall 16-week term started Aug. 23, registration is still underway for the shorter 12-week term that begins Monday.

Two ITT Tech students have already enrolled in the College’s Engineering Technology Associate in Science degree program at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, the college said.

No PBSC tuition increase for fifth straight year

PBSCPalm Beach State College students will not pay a penny more for their tuition and course fees next school year.

The District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to freeze the cost of classes for all degree and certificate programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. For college credit courses, in-state tuition and fees will remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, which is regulated by the Florida Legislature, remain at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.

This marks the fifth consecutive year in which tuition has not increased at PBSC, although the college said technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once during that time. In 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees were part of the $126.7 million 2016-2017 general fund budget approved by trustees, which includes a 6.1 percent increase in state appropriations. PBSC received $61,814,175 this year compared to $58,239,334 last year, the college said.

How you can afford the home of your dreams

Affordable housingLAKE WORTH – Having a hard time finding a home that fits in your budget?

Well, here’s an upcoming meeting just for you.

On June 2, Palm Beach State College, west of Lake Worth, will host the 2016 Affordable Housing Roundtable from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The goal is for potential homeowners to take advantage of funding sources so they can share in the American Dream.

To register or get more information, click here. Check out the agenda here.

 

A manufacturing job could be waiting for you at today’s job fair

Job FairLAKE WORTH — Looking for a manufacturing job?

One could possibly be waiting for you at today Florida Manufacturing Career Fair, scheduled for today from 9 a.m. to noon at Palm Beach State College‘s campus west of Lake Worth.

Veterans with ID may enter the fair early, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The career fair is free, open to the public and being held in the Conference Center at
Public Safety Training Center,

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at the EmployFlorida Marketplace for express entry into the event and to bring copies of their resume.

The fair will be the third Florida Manufacturing Career Fair at PBSC in just over a year. Exhibiting employers will include Aerotek, Brown Distributing, EDS Air Conditioning, SolarTech Universal, Cloth Promotions Plus and Express Pros.

Attendees also can learn about PBSC programs in various industrial trades and advanced manufacturing areas.

The fairs are part of the Florida TRADE Consortium’s statewide “Drive to 1,000” campaign to place 1,000 Florida TRADE students and others into advanced manufacturing jobs. PBSC is a member of the Florida TRADE Consortium, a coalition of 13 state and community colleges with the mission to deliver accelerated technical training programs for jobs in advanced manufacturing. The training programs are funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded in 2012.

To learn more about the fair, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/AdvancedManufacturingGrant or call 561-868-3864.

Atwater, Sachs to speak at PBSC graduation

Jeff AtwaterSen. Maria Sachs

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Sen. Maria Sachs will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College spring commencement ceremonies on Monday.

PBSC will hold two ceremonies at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the more than 2,400 graduates. Atwater will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 984 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. Sachs will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the 1,440 graduates of the Associate in Arts transfer degree. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at www.palmbeachstate.edu.

Atwater has been the state’s elected chief financial officer since 2011. Sachs, D-Delray Beach, has been a member of the Florida Legislature since 2006.