Dr. Rogers Will Lead PBSC Groves Campus

Dr. Jacqueline Rogers, dean of health sciences and public safety at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, has been appointed to also oversee the launch of the college’s new campus under construction in Loxahatchee Groves.

As campus director, Rogers is providing operational oversight, leadership and vision for the college’s fifth campus, which has an initial focus on health sciences and technology.

A licensed registered respiratory therapist, Rogers currently oversees the health sciences programs at the Lake Worth campus, including the health information technology programs moving to the first 50,000-square-foot building on the Loxahatchee Groves campus slated for completion this fall. She also has served on numerous boards, including the Palm Healthcare Foundation Healthcare Workforce Partnership Committee, the Nursing Consortium of South Florida and the Governor’s Council on Community Health Partnerships.

While some classes or information sessions may be offered in the fall at the new campus at the northwest corner of Southern Blvd. and B Road, a more complete schedule of courses will begin in January 2017. After six years of part-time teaching, Rogers began working at the college full time in 1995 as a professor of respiratory care. She worked her way up into various administrative roles, including department chair, program chair and associate dean, before becoming a dean in 2004.

Before joining the college, Rogers worked at Good Samaritan Medical Center from 1971 to 1974 and again from 1980 to 1995.

Rogers, who has lived in Palm Beach County most of her life, also worked for six years as a police dispatcher. At PBSC, Rogers established the Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation in 2002 through state and private grants, leading to the college’s designation as a regional training center by the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance, a state-recognized organization for the advancement of simulation in education to promote patient safety.

Rogers also helped the college expand capacity in its competitive registered nursing program on the Lake Worth campus, as well as launch an RN program at the Belle Glade campus. She holds a doctorate in healthcare education from Nova Southeastern University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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