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Community Engagement

The Belle Glade Campus not only serves as the leading higher education institution in the Glades,  we also take pride in the community engagement activities that we host on campus.  Please browse through some of our past engagement activities and check out our upcoming events.


Upcoming Events

2021 Back to School PBC! Drive-Up Event

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Registration ends Friday, June 4, 2021

A collaboration between Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization and the Belle Glade Campus this event will be held again at the Belle Glade Campus as a Drive-Up event to assist disadvantaged students, grades K-12, with FREE school supplies.

Register now at:


Please note:  Students must reside in designated neighborhoods or mobile home parks in unincorporated Palm Beach County to be eligible.

Past Events


Affordable Housing in the Glades: Building a Resilient Post-Pandemic Community (virtual forum)

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Moderator: Houston Tate - Office of Community Revitalization, Palm Beach County

Guest Speaker: Melissa McKinlay - Palm Beach County Commissioner, District 6


  • Lesley George - Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, Palm Beach County
  • James Green - Community Services Department, Palm Beach County
  • Fashara Hill - Pahokee Housing Authority

Discussion Topics:

  • Current affordable housing crisis and local government response measures.
  • The pandemic's effect on affordable housing and information on local government response efforts.
  • Updates on housing projects that are currently in the pipeline


Stand Up: Be Counted & Hello Hygienics!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

A collaboration between the Belle Glade Campus, Stand Up: Be Counted, Hello Hygienics and Philanthropy Tank this event was a drive-thru event to assist Glades area residents with voter registration and completing the 2020 Census.  Participants also received hygiene kits, PPE, and a free lunch that was provided by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Stand Up: Be Counted and Hello Hygienics are both high-school student led initiatives that received funding through Philanthropy Tank to assist in putting their ideas into action.

Additional event sponsors:


Back to School PBC!

Saturday, August 1, 2020


A collaboration between Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization and the Belle Glade Campus of Palm Beach State College this drive up/walk up event was held to serve over 1,500 Glades area students with the distribution of free back packs filled with school supplies, non-perishable food items and personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This is an annual event, that was held at the Belle Glade Campus location for the first time in 2020.  Check our "upcoming events" section for news on the event for 2021.

Additional event sponsors:


Strengthening Communities for the Future: Economic Development of the Glades Area

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Moderator: Shereena Coleman, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County


  • Steven Cornette - Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
  • Angela Avery Moore - School District of Palm Beach County
  • Charles Duval - Career Source of Palm Beach County
  • Terry Burroughs - FHERO (FL Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity)
  • Janet Moreland - Lakeside Medical Center

Discussion Topics:

  • Initiatives being implemented to continue the positive Glades School Grades
  • After school enrichment programs that are coming to the Glades area
  • The economic development and marketing of Florida's Heartland including the Cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Hendry County


Innovation Showcase

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

An opportunity to meet the new Executive Dean, tour the Belle Glade Campus and see how modern technology is being incorporated into many of today's education programs.  Watch as PBSC students and Boys & Girls Clubs participants operate ongoing robotic and virtual reality demonstrations provided by TechGarage.

Event sponsored by:


Housing Insecurities Forum

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Moderator: James Green, Director - Palm Beach County Community Services Department


  • Jonathan Brown - Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability
  • Susanne P. Cabrera - Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Larry Greenberg - Palm Beach County Housing Authority
  • Juanita Alvarez Mainster - United States Census

Discussion Topics:

  • What are the biggest housing issues facing the County?
  • How can community leaders influence initiatives to leverage funding for affordable housing?
  • What can we do to partner with Palm Beach County's Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability to discuss needs and plans for affordable and quality housing in the Glades?
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