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“Speaking as a parent, Palm Beach County’s public school system prepared my two children very well for their higher education. The quality of schools and faculty and the diversity of options within the system provides any willing student with excellent opportunities.” – Jim Maus, Executive Director, Aerojet Rocketdyne

In Palm Beach County, both the public and private sectors are investing in education. “We know that our diverse and multilingual workforce is the vital support required by industries seeking to connect to global populations and business environments,” said Kelly Smallridge, president & CEO, Business Development Board. “We invest in our students’ college preparedness, and workforce readiness, and in curriculum alignment, quality, and diversity of choice.” For example, FAU biology major Monique Tromp is a scholar in the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Scholars Program, where she will conduct research upon graduation. “FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College provided me a comprehensive platform for education, research experience and mentoring in my chosen field,”

she said. “I have been able to work with the very best in hands-on training.” Widely recognized for excellence, Palm Beach County’s public, private and faith-based schools offer a wide range of education programs that focus on the needs of individual students from pre-kindergarten through high school and beyond. The county’s colleges and universities continue that seamless approach to education, offering career-building programs in business, medicine, science, and many other fields. Another key contributor to the county’s workforce development program is CareerSource Palm Beach County, which provides job placement, recruitment assistance and funds for skills training. More than 7,500 people a month receive help from the

Ava L. Parker, J.D., Palm Beach State College President

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