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Career Advising & Tutoring


Career Advisors, located at the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education, are available to offer support and guidance to practitioners in Palm Beach County who are interested in beginning or continuing their professional development in early childhood education.

Our career advisors are individuals with the training and skill to assist the early childhood practitioner in navigating the pathways of professional development. Through advising sessions, either in person, by phone, or through Web Advising, career advisors can point the practitioner in the right direction. Based on a practitioner's personal professional goals, career advisors can provide information, identify and access resources, help set goals and priorities, select an appropriate path, and assist a practitioner in putting together a career plan that will lead to obtaining those goals.


Office & Staff Info

We are located in The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education housed in the Count and Countess de Hoernle Historic Building located on the campus of the School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
Map and Directions

Palm Beach State College at West Palm Beach
812 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Phone: (561) 868-3660  |  Fax: (561) 868-7042

Professional Development Department

Evelyn Gomez, E. L. Professional Development Coordinator (Spanish Speaking)
(561) 868-3954

Laura McCadden, E.L. Education Center Manager
(561) 868-3998

Debra Strange, E. L. Career Advising Director
(561) 868-3670

Career Advisors

Christina Barone, Career Advisor/Scholarship Coordinator II 
(561) 868-3674

Raquel Gary, Career Advisor/Scholarship Coordinator II
(561) 868-3782

Myriam Torres, Career Advisor/Scholarship Coordinator II (Spanish Speaking)
(561) 868-3953

Darlene Williams, Career Advisor/Scholarship Coordinator I
(561) 868-3997



Free Tutoring for Early Childhood Education Practitioners

Need extra help with any of the following?

  • Early Education Course Assignments
  • English Proficiency
  • Basic Writing & Reading Skills
  • Basic Math Skills
  • Online-Blackboard Course Preparation
  • Basic Computer Skills

The Institute of Excellence is offering academic tutoring at NO COST to ECE practitioners. The Institute's Education Success Center provides innovative tutoring support to all Palm Beach County ECE practitioners. The Institute's tutors provide a comfortable, learner-centered environment where ECE practitioners can get one-on-one tutoring and the resources they need to be successful.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Laura McCadden or if you are a Spanish speaker, Myriam Torres.

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