Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
As part of its commitment to high achievement, Palm Beach State College offers the Honors College, designed for students who enjoy a challenge and wish to excel in their studies. Students who seek the challenge of Honors coursework can select from two options, Honors courses or an Honors component. The experience of either option helps students to make interdisciplinary and real-life connections and prepares them with skills needed to go on to a university or the workforce.
The first option is enrollment in Honors courses. These learning environments promote the development of critical thinking and research skills through in-depth class discussions, reading and writing assignments, and nontraditional classroom styles and activities. Each course has “Honors” clearly indicated in its title, which is also noted on the student’s transcript.
The second option is to add an Honors component to any credit course, with faculty permission, by completing an Honors project contract. In this case, the student completes an Honors project in the course and meets with the faculty member throughout the term for guidance and advice.
Palm Beach State College students qualify for the Honors College with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or acceptable test scores on a placement test. Students who register with the Academic Services Office are given priority registration as Honors College students. Students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and have 12 credit hours of Honors coursework completed with a grade of B or higher are designated as Honors Silver graduates. Students who graduate from Palm Beach State College with a 3.5 GPA and have 21 hours of Honors courses (including IDH2105) and have completed other criteria as specified on the Honors website earn Honors Gold. All Honors graduates are given special recognition at the graduation ceremony. Honors graduates have many scholarship opportunities when transferring to an upper division university. Scholarships also are awarded to the top performing Honors College students through the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Scholarship, the Stewart Scholarship, the Presidential Honors College Scholarship, the Honors College Merit Award and other scholarship programs.
To learn more about the Honors College and its benefits, call Academic Services at 561-868-3892 or visit the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Honors.
eLearning classes through the Internet provide increased student access through alternative education delivery systems and flexibility of time and location. Online courses promote the integration of technology in the learning environment and the globalization of education through electronic access to information and experts worldwide. The only difference between face-to-face courses and distance learning courses is in the type of course delivery. Course materials are online with the possible exception of testing. Students may contact their professors and other classmates via telephone, email, chat rooms, bulletin boards, or in some instances, on-campus meetings.
These courses have the same educational objectives as face-to-face classes, are fully accredited and appear on a student’s transcript the same as a face-to-face class. Additional fees are required. For more information, go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/eLearning or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students logon to https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com for online courses.
WHO SHOULD TAKE AN eLEARNING CLASS?
Successful eLearning students need to be highly motivated and have good study and time management skills. They must be willing to contact their faculty/instructor for assistance when needed and be responsible for completing assignments on time and without reminders. Before students register for their first eLearning class, they should visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/eLearning or contact an academic advisor for any questions regarding the requirements of eLearning classes.
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR eLEARNING STUDENTS
Students registered in eLearning courses receive the same support services as on-campus students. These services include registration, advising, financial aid, disabled student services, bookstore services, tutoring, library services and Testing Center services, as well as many others.
Internet classes offer a world of resources to students who have Internet access. These classes provide some of the materials in an anytime anywhere mode. Students can keep in touch with the faculty/instructor and other students by using the communication tools of the Internet.
Internet courses include:
- Pure Internet courses are taken entirely over the Internet. On-campus time is NOT required. Some faculty/instructors may request an optional on-campus orientation meeting or testing.
- Hybrid courses require attendance in a face-to-face classroom in conjunction with activities involving the use of the Internet.
- Component courses are face-to-face classes supplemented with some Internet activities.
Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education
The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education provides the child care workforce of Palm Beach County with a comprehensive approach to career development. Offerings include an extensive training selection, career advising, scholarships for qualified applicants, and technical assistance for early child care educators. The goal is a quality, seamless professional development system for early childhood personnel entering and exiting the system at any level. A quality assurance system ensures quality of trainers and trainings. The quality assurance system incorporates guidelines and standards for training activities, including a process for approving trainers who meet these standards. The Institute maintains a registry of approved trainers and training. For more information on the Institute’s offerings and support, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/IEECE.
Institute of Teacher Education
The Institute of Teacher Education at Palm Beach State College addresses the need for teaching professionals in Palm Beach County. The Institute programs, collaborative efforts with the School District of Palm Beach County, include:
- The Teacher Certification Program — a certification pathway for professionals with non-education bachelor degrees.
- The Substitute Teacher Academy — a noncredit program for K-12 substitute teacher preparation consisting of six courses and 45 contact hours. Topics include Introduction to Substitute Teaching, Classroom Management and Control (separate courses for elementary and secondary education), Presentation Techniques, Technology in the Classroom, and Lesson Planning.
- Professional Development — noncredit workshops for Florida Teacher Certification Exam preparation and credit courses for ESOL compliance.
Scholarships may be available for some programs. To find out more about the Institute of Teacher Education, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/TeacherEd.
Library Learning Resource Centers
Library services and resources support the curriculum, faculty and students at all locations. Campus libraries maintain a diverse collection of materials that includes books, periodicals, local, state and national newspapers, microfilm and reference materials. Access to all library materials and electronic collections of books, periodicals and journals is available through LINCC (Library Information Network for Community Colleges), the online catalog. More than 150 full-text databases and eBooks are available online. The Collection includes 190,000 volumes, over 100,000 eBooks and 50,000 ejournals (both online and digital), and 250 periodicals. Florida Atlantic University provides Palm Beach State College at Boca Raton with library service through a joint-use agreement.
Librarians are faculty members who are professionals in the research process. They work closely with students in finding and using information and developing information literacy skills. Librarians offer individual and classroom instruction in the use of resources and work collaboratively with other faculty to develop innovative approaches to using library resources. Librarians teach credit courses in the use of electronic resources and teach online courses using the latest technology.
Additional services provided by the library include: an interlibrary loan service that links all Florida community college libraries, universities and public libraries together for cost-free lending/borrowing of materials; a reserve collection of materials; a computer/instruction lab; study rooms and private study areas; photocopiers, and a virtual reference desk (Ask-a- Librarian). Students also have borrowing privileges at FAU and with area libraries that are members of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN).
Library hours vary on each campus and between terms. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Library.
Vocational Preparatory Instruction Lab
The Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI) Lab offers a series of short-term courses for PSAV students who need to remediate all or part of TABE. Students enrolled in Trade and Industry programs who require TABE remediation will be required to register for corequisite VPI courses. Taking the TABE is a requirement to complete any PSAV program that is 450 or more hours in length.
The VPI Lab offers personalized instruction with learning specialists and tutors. Computer programs and additional learning materials are available for the student.
The TABE remediation courses are:
- VPI 0100 - Vocational Preparatory Reading
- VPI 0200 - Vocational Preparatory Mathematics
- VPI 0300 - Vocational Preparatory Language
Before registering for a TABE remediation course, a student should first meet with a PSAV advisor to discuss the entrance requirements for his or her specific program. Students should then visit the VPI Lab, www.palmbeachstate.edu/SLC/TABE-VPI.aspx, for course schedules and further information.