The Pathway to Success in Palm Beach County
For more than 90 years, Palm Beach State College has grown to become one of the most impactful institutions of higher education in the state of Florida and a primary resource for postsecondary education and economic growth in Palm Beach County.
PBSC has prepared generations of leaders to achieve lifelong success and give back
to our communities. Alumni enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge to innovate
in fields such as business, finance, technology, public service, health care, law,
criminal justice, and other industries.
Founded in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State has grown from serving 41 local students to serving more than 36,000 from more than 150 countries across five campuses as well as online.
One of the top producers of associate degree graduates in the U.S., PBSC also offers baccalaureate degrees, professional certificates, customized career training, and corporate and continuing education.
Through the years, Palm Beach State College has expanded its mission, programs and reach to become the fifth largest (based on FTE) of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each year, more Palm Beach County high school graduates choose PBSC than any other institution. Students enroll at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves, as well as take courses online.
A Capable, Prepared Workforce
Palm Beach State offers education pathways in Arts, Communication, Design & Humanities; Business, Education, Human Services, Social & Behavioral Science; Health Sciences; Industry, Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation; Public Safety; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
Innovative instruction focuses on new technologies, global challenges and local concerns. Graduates are prepared for the next step in their education or to hit the ground running in a new career. Students also benefit from the PBSC’s close working relationships with local employers.
- The Associate in Arts degree attracts the largest share of enrollment. This “transfer
degree” equals the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, and many A.A. students
take advantage of Florida’s popular 2+2 guarantee of admission to a state university.
- With a choice of more than 130 programs of study, Palm Beach State is also the county’s
leading educator of skilled professionals. Our rich variety of programs range from
Ophthalmic Medical Technology—one of only three programs nationwide that prepare students
to assist eye physicians and surgeons— to our Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College, which
offers challenging opportunities to excel and learn. Graduates of PBSC’s Engineering
Technology and Electrical Power Technology programs are going directly into careers
in advanced manufacturing, aerospace and energy. A first in Palm Beach County, the
Marine Service Technology program helps meet the need for technicians in Florida’s
recreational marine and boating industry. And students interested in architecture
will find a special Associate in Arts degree track designed to provide an immersive
experience in architectural design.
- Bachelor’s degree programs comprise one of the fastest-growing areas of the College. Currently, PBSC offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision & Management, the B.A.S. in Information Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. These programs are designed for students who have completed associate degrees and now wish to equip themselves for advancement or leadership in their field.
A College for the Community
Palm Beach State College enriches every corner of the county through its commitment to quality and attention to community needs. PBSC offers:
Innovation in Technology: PBSC trains faculty and students in artificial intelligence using high-tech equipment so that they can get ahead on rapidly growing technology. Classrooms provide options for multi-modal teaching and learning. This includes augmented reality, virtual reality and powerful virtual desktop equipment.
Outstanding Faculty: Students learn from experienced faculty with industry credentials, including doctoral scientists, researchers and published experts.
Current Curriculum: Innovative instruction focuses on new technologies, global challenges and local concerns. Graduates are prepared for the next step in their education or to hit the ground running in a new career.
Real-World Connections: Students benefit from the College’s partnerships with local employers. More than 400 professionals participate in PBSC business partnership councils for their field. Through this involvement, students reap valuable internship and networking opportunities.
Affordable Tuition: Palm Beach State is one of the most affordable public colleges in Florida and the nation. PBSC’s low tuition, along with financial aid and scholarships, makes college possible for students of all income levels.
Inspired Learning Environments: Committed to sustainable planning, design and construction, Palm Beach State’s built environment has been recognized for its energy-saving innovations, smart use of learning technologies, and authentic replication of workplace settings.
Caring Atmosphere: With an average class size of 23, PBSC students benefit from ongoing one-on-one attention. Plus, support services range from academic advising and career centers to tutoring, counseling and help for students with special needs.
Cultural Hubs: Renowned music, dance and theatre companies as well as visual and performing artists appear year-round at PBSC’s theatres and galleries, which have drawn large public audiences for decades. Students also perform and show their work in these venues.
- Rich Campus Life: Palm Beach State places a powerful emphasis on inclusion, well-being, connection, and a sense of belonging for all, as demonstrated by its Cross-Cultural Equity Institute. Palm Beach State gives students choices for meaningful activities beyond the classroom with more than 100 clubs and organizations, competitive athletics, student government, volunteer activities and special events.