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Business Partnership and Program Advisory Councils

The BP and PA Councils are established to assist Palm Beach State College in planning, implementing and evaluating each of its occupational programs in order to respond to the changing needs of the community.




The PBSC HR Business Partnership Council plans to establish workplace experiences, which will ultimately lead to job readiness skills for PBSC students through job shadowing and employer site tours. Another goal of the council is to ensure that there’s customized, offsite training offered to businesses. This is a proactive way for the college to determine what types of programs are in high demand from companies for the Corporate & Continuing Education programs.

The council also brought in a successful program at Palm Beach State College that’s established a solid career pipeline with local employers for recruiting and hiring. PBSC’s Public Safety Program provides reality based learning in its 143,000 sq. ft. center and is the largest of its kind in Pam Beach County. “We started a pipeline with the School District of Palm Beach County to introduce students to fire rescue,” said Barbara Cipriano, Associate Dean of Public Safety at PBSC. “We also have a lot of visitors come to the campus to see what’s happening in the public safety program. These are opportunities for future employers to see what’s happening in the classroom.”

The group plans to meet each month to ensure that they’re ahead of the game for best practices in job recruitment efforts. 



Interested in joining the Human Resource Business Partnership?


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  Contact Information

If you would like more information about joining one of our Business Partnership and/or Program Advisory Councils, please contact:

Email:  or call 561-868-3700 


  Mission and Vision


The mission of the Councils at Palm Beach State College is to provide Palm Beach County businesses and local professionals the opportunity to collaborate with the College’s faculty and staff to foster the Academic, Career, and Technical pathways provided by the College. 


Every council is an integral function within the career pathways for student success.  The councils provide a standard of excellence within PBSC’s Accreditation.  By assembling several times per year to foster existing curriculum and develop new standards of innovation; which reflect the current business climate and employment needs within the local community. 


  The Role of the Councils is to:

Review College changes, influence the college programs, and respond to trends within the economic climate of the county

  • Review labor market surveys
  • Recommend enrollment changes based on demand
  • Identify job titles related to program
  • Assist with job openings for graduates
  • Participate in needs assessment analysis projects


Review Curriculum

  • Assist with job analysis to determine occupational skill needs
  • Review course content and program length
  • Review existing facilities and equipment
  • Identify new technology
  • Recommend equipment needs
  • Establish industry standards for graduates
  • Assist with program review
  • Evaluate program effectiveness

Serve as Program Advocates

  • Help recruit students
  • Assist with on-the job training opportunities
  • Provide on-site field visits
  • Help sponsor career days
  • Hire graduates
  • Promote the program in the business and industry and government arena
  • Help procure equipment, space and facilities for program
  • Sponsor scholarships
  • Sponsor guest lectures


  Meeting Schedule

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Action Plans


Member Information Sheet



 Partner's Ethics Statement

In accordance with Palm Beach State College’s Ethics Policy, HR Board Policy # 6Hx-18-5.90, all business partners will conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the core values of honesty, respect, open communication, professionalism, fairness and responsibility. In doing so, they will give thought to ethical considerations when making decisions including but not limited to those related to the receiving of gifts, conflicts of interest, the management of staff, the use of College resources, the protection of confidential information, and activities outside of the College.

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