Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College
printStudent Services & Student Life


Palm Beach State College strives to provide broad opportunities for the intellectual and cultural development of students in an atmosphere of order and respect. Various student services and organizations are available on each campus, as described in this section.

Academic Advisement

Academic advisors and counselors assist students in designing an educational plan that meets their academic and personal goals. They also serve as a referral source for the many supportive services and resources at the College. Students are urged to maintain contact with their advisors to be certain they are on track to complete their program of study. Students assume ultimate responsibility for course selection. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Advising.


Career Planning and Employment Services

Career services are available online and at each location, where students can visit for an introduction and orientation to career resources. These resources include career advising, computerized career guidance programs, career assessment inventories and a career library for researching occupations and current employment trends. Students can receive personalized information about their interests, abilities and values relating to occupations and educational programs.

Employment services are available to students and graduates, including job search strategies, interviewing and resume writing assistance. Employment advising, workshops and online and printed resources are used to develop effective job search techniques. Students can identify part-time and full-time employment opportunities through the online Career Office, on-campus recruiting and job fairs. Resumes can be posted in the Career Center’s online resume database where employers can search for students meeting their employment needs.

Credit classes in career development and job searching are available to students:

  • SLS 1300 Career Self-Assessment - 1 credit
  • SLS 1301 Career Development - 3 credits
  • SLS 1302 Career Information and Decision Making - 1 credit
  • SLS 1303 Job Search - 1 credit

Visit the Career Centers Web page for additional information: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career.

ELIGIBILITY TO USE CAREER CENTERS

The following persons are eligible to use Career Center services:

  • Currently enrolled students in degree, certificate or PSAV programs, credit classes, noncredit professional development courses (i.e., insurance or real estate). Students are eligible for services for the full academic year, even if they enroll for only one term within the year.
  • Graduates of Palm Beach State College degree and certificate programs. Former students who complete an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, college credit certificate or a PSAV program of 600 clock hours or more are eligible for lifetime access to services. Former students completing PSAV certificate programs less than 600 clock hours are eligible to receive services for one year following receipt of the certificate. After one year, enrollment in another Palm Beach State course or program is needed to receive services.
  • Prospective students with applications on file. Transfer students must pay the application fee in order to establish their eligibility.
  • Inactive students (those who previously attended Palm Beach State but did not graduate and want to enroll in the upcoming semester or term) must complete an application for readmission as well as meet any additional admission requirements to enroll for the upcoming term. Students may be eligible for limited services until they start classes in the upcoming term.

Center for Early Learning

The College offers an early childhood center at the Palm Beach Gardens campus for the children of students and employees.

The Center for Early Learning in Palm Beach Gardens serves children from age 6 weeks to 5 years. The center offers a play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum that enriches and enhances the growth of the whole child. Staff members are trained, have a natural affinity for children and are motivated to learn and grow as professionals. The center celebrates and affirms the unique heritage of each family and seeks to work as a team with family, together creating the optimal environment for each child to reach his/her full potential.

Space is limited, and there are usually waiting lists for all age groups. Priority is given to children of students and employees. Students meeting financial requirements may be eligible for reduced fees if funds are available. For additional information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/EarlyLearningPBG or call 561-207-5225.


Counseling Center

The College Wide Student Counseling Center provides services and programs to help students maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals. Services are limited to crisis intervention, mental health assessment, brief therapy (four to six sessions) and community referrals.

All services are confidential and free of charge to enrolled students. Services are arranged through the Counseling Center on the Lake Worth campus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the center at 561-868- 3980.


Disability Support Services

The College is committed to providing full access to all programs, services and facilities for qualified individuals with disabilities as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008. Services and accommodations are not automatic. It is the responsibility of the student or prospective student to notify the Disability Support Services Office at his/her individual campus of the need for modifications and to provide appropriate written verification by a qualified professional in support of the disability claim. Services cannot be authorized until the documentation has been verified and the student has officially registered with the DSS Office. This voluntary self-declaration procedure is independent from the admissions process itself, and all disability records are treated as confidential and kept separately in the DSS Office.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with the Disability Support Service Manager at their campus before registration. The manager will assist with accommodation needs and coordinate other campus resources to best meet the educational needs of students with disabilities. Visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Disability for more information.


Ombudsman

The vice president of student services and enrollment management serves as ombudsman for students. This student advocate or his/her office shall assist students in resolving conflicts and in processing appeals through established procedures. The vice president of student services and enrollment management can be reached at 561-868-3142. (See section 1006.51, Florida Statutes.)


PantherCard

The PantherCard is the College's official photo identification card and should always be carried while on campus. A student is eligible for a PantherCard once a credit or noncredit application has been completed. All students are encouraged to obtain a PantherCard by visiting their campus bookstore (or LLRC at the Belle Glade campus and security office at the Loxahatchee Groves campus). A government-issued photo ID, such as a current driver's license, state ID, or passport, must be presented in order to obtain a PantherCard. The PantherCard serves as a student ID card, library card, and a debit card at the bookstore, cafeteria, vending machines and for printing/copying on campus. It is required to access many of the services on campus, including the student learning centers and the wellness centers. Certain programs may require students to display their PantherCard when in class or attending training provided by the College or an off-site location. The first PantherCard is included in a student's fees; however, replacement for a lost, stolen or damaged card is subject to a replacement fee. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/PantherCard.


PantherWeb

Students use the College’s online Student Services tool, PantherWeb, to pay for tests, add, drop or withdraw from classes, pay tuition, view transcripts and degree audits and change personal information. An assigned student ID and password are given to students when they apply. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.


Student Handbook

All regulations and policies pertaining to student conduct are listed in the Student Handbook located online at www.palmbeachstate.edu/StudentHandbook. Students are responsible for reading the information in the Student Handbook.

College students are considered to have reached the age of responsibility and discretion. Their conduct, both in and out of college, is expected to be dignified and honorable. Students must realize that the responsibility for their success in college rests largely upon themselves. Each student, by the act of enrolling, is obligated to obey the rules and regulations formulated by the College. Each student is responsible for observing all Board of Trustees’ policies and procedures as published in the Student Handbook, College Catalog and other College publications.


Student Life

ATHLETICS

Palm Beach State College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida College System Activities Association, the governing bodies for intercollegiate sports competition for the Florida College System.  Palm Beach State competes at the Division I level in the Southern Conference, Region VIII, in Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball.

The Panthers play all of their home games on the Lake Worth Campus for all sports. All home events are free to Palm Beach State students, faculty and staff with a valid Palm Beach State ID.  At the current time, admissions to games is free to the public. For more information, please visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Athletics.

INTRAMURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Intramural and recreational activities represent a broad selection of individual and team sports. Club sports are also available. Students must tryout, be prepared to play at much higher levels of competition and travel to games outside the College. Opportunities are available for students to participate in all phases of the intramural program, including planning and organizing, competing and officiating.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Each campus has a Student Government Association. These groups provide guidance and direction to the student body, develop student programs and activities, promote student involvement, develop positive working relationships and provide students with opportunities to develop and exercise leadership skills. Contact the campus Student Activities office for more information.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

The College offers assistance in the formation and official recognition of clubs and other organizations of students and faculty who have interests in common. There are well-defined procedures available through the Student Activities office for the establishment and sanctioning of a student club or organization.

To hold office in a student organization, a student must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) at the beginning of tenure of office and must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA during each term in office. Clubs and organizations may have individual membership requirements; students can visit any campus Student Activities Office to acquire specific club requirements.

For the list of sanctioned clubs on each campus, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/StudentActivities.


Student Publication

The Beachcomber, Palm Beach State College’s student newspaper, is published in the fall and spring terms with an online summer edition. Students are invited to participate in production of the newspaper. Although experience is preferred, a limited number of inexperienced students are accepted as trainees. Students receive practical, on-the-job training in the fields of reporting, advertising, editing, photography and business management. The newspaper office is located at the Palm Beach Gardens campus; email address: beachcomber@palmbeachstate.edu.


Student Success Grants

The College has been awarded several grants to support student success programs.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER

The Educational Opportunity Center is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded TRIO program. EOC provides assistance and information on college admissions and the financial aid application process to qualified adults 19 and over, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. Other services include vocational and career counseling, GED preparation, academic advising, financial aid and college admissions workshops. The center assists adults 19 years of age and older who are residents of Palm Beach County who meet federal low-income guidelines and/or are potential first-generation college students. For more information, call 561-868-3681.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

This program is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded TRIO program serving 170 low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. Services provided include personalized academic and financial aid advisement, tutoring, career exploration activities, cultural events and university tours. The program assists students in completion and transition from one level of higher education to the next. Students must be enrolled at Palm Beach State College in a degree-seeking program to be eligible for services. For more information, call 561-868-3392.


Testing Services

Test Centers are located on each campus and offer comprehensive testing services for faculty and students. A variety of national and state exams for students, including PERT, LOEP, CLEP, Accuplacer and TABE are administered, in addition to instructor make-up and distance learning exams. The Centers maintain a comprehensive set of standards and adhere to approved policies and procedures to which students are expected to adhere.

For Test Center locations, hours of operation, a listing of exams offered, and policies and procedures, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Testing.