Palm Beach College
Situated in Lake Worth, Florida, Palm Beach College is a public state college and an institution within the Florida College System. It was founded in 1933, and was previously known as Palm Beach Junior College and Palm Beach Community College. Palm Beach College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Palm Beach College was the first public junior college in Florida. Today, the institution has an average enrollment of 49,000 students. Palm Beach State College has four locations - Belle Glade, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens - and the college also maintains a satellite location in West Palm Beach. Currently, the college is ranked by Community College Week as the 11th largest producer of associate degree holders in the United States.
Programs of study offered at Palm Beach State College include Aeronautical Science, Automotive and Transportation, Nursing, Biotechnology, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, Computer Science and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Electrical Power Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Health Information Management, Human Services, Industrial Management, Interior Design, Massage Therapy, Motion Picture, Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Teacher Education, and more.
The Academic Advisement Services office at Palm Beach State College is designed to help students in achieving their personal and academic goals. Different programs and services are made available to aid students in navigating the college experience. Aside from academic advising, Counseling services are also offered to students who need crisis intervention, therapy sessions, mental health assessments, and community referrals. Counseling services are confidential and at no cost to students.
Many students at Palm Beach State College continue their education at other four-year colleges and universities, and the college offers Transfer Resources and information to help students in develop the right educational plans towards this goal. Workshops and seminars regarding the transfer process are regularly organized and made available to students.
Meanwhile, the Career Center at Palm Beach College helps prepare students for their chosen careers and professions. The Career Center offers advising and counseling, help with selecting their college major, personalized guidance under Career Mentors, and workshops for exploring college and career paths. The Career Center also helps with employment opportunities, particularly advising on job search techniques, resume writing workshops, email job alerts, annual job fairs, direct recruitment with employers on campus, and online resources for career guidance and job search.
All locations of Palm Beach State College have Wellness Centers that are designed to promote lifelong healthy lifestyles. The Wellness Centers are equipped with cutting-edge equipment for fitness training, cardiovascular machines, weight training facilities, and more. In addition, classes and programming are offered to educate students in various aspects of health and fitness.
Different activities are coordinated on campus by student clubs and organizations. Groups cater to different interests, cultural backgrounds, and purposes. Student organizations include Delta Omicron Phi Theta Kappa, Christian Fellowship, Disciples on Campus, Black Student Union, Lake Worth Students Working for Equal Rights, Creative Writers Alliance, Future Educators of America, Gay/Straight Alliance, Inter-Club Council, Lake Worth Philosophy Club, Young Americans for Freedom, Fire Academy Club, and others.