Palm Beach State College received a special proclamation recognizing its 90th anniversary from the City of Westlake during a Westlake City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Accepting the honor on behalf of the college from Westlake Mayor JohnPaul O’Connor was Kimberly Lancaster, dean of academic affairs for the Loxahatchee Groves and Belle Glade campuses.
Joining her from PBSC was Edward Willey, dean of health sciences; Cynedra Blake, student activities manager for the Loxahatchee Groves campus; Associate Dean Andraes Alexander; Raymond Coulter, facilities manager at the Belle Glade campus; Jessica Echeverria, director of the Library Learning Resource Center at the Loxahatchee Groves campus; Armando Carrasco, student development advisor for the Loxahatchee Groves campus; and Professor Colette Chiacchiero.
“Just like the commitment that PBSC has made for the last 90 years to Palm Beach County, we are making the same commitment to the City of Westlake,” said Lancaster during the meeting.
Lancaster noted that because the city is so close to the Loxahatchee Groves campus, the college decided to place one academic advisor at Seminole Ridge High School and another at Wellington High School to educate students about PBSC and help them become better prepared for higher education learning.
“We consider you a major partner to our campus and our institution,” Lancaster said.
As a thank you to the city, PBSC gift bags that included emerald paper weights were given to the mayor, council members and others.
The City of Westlake proclamation marks 17 municipal proclamations to date presented to PBSC by municipalities in Palm Beach County, as well as the Palm Beach County Commission.
Throughout the year, PBSC will celebrate its 90th anniversary milestone with activities such as campus celebrations, open houses, innovation initiatives and capital projects. Stories will spotlight the achievements of alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners on the college’s web site. Social media posts and special events will use the hashtag #PBSC90th. To learn more, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/90th.