Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2019

Palm Beach State College Receives $250,000 from JPMorgan Chase

Palm Beach State College has received a $250,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase to widen the reach of its Supply Chain programs and create a larger pipeline of skilled workers for Palm Beach County’s growing distribution and logistics industry.

Courses for the Supply Chain Management Associate in Science degree and the Logistics and Transportation Specialist College Credit Certificate have been offered at the Lake Worth campus since the programs began in 2018.

Beginning in January, they also will be available at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, closer to West Palm Beach’s northern neighborhoods, which are the current focus of an extensive revitalization program, and the city of Riviera Beach.

The investment was announced officially at the Business Development Board Entrepreneurship Luncheon held at the Kravis Center last week. It is a result of the BDB’s 2018 comprehensive analysis of the county’s workforce, which looked at worker availability and skills gaps in 10 targeted sectors.

The analysis, also funded by JPMorgan Chase, revealed that more workers will be needed to replace the aging workforce in the advanced manufacturing, aviation/aerospace/engineering, agribusiness and distribution/logistics sectors. Based on that, the College pursued the grant to enhance its budding Supply Chain programs and develop a more aggressive marketing and outreach strategy. The College also offers a Global Logistics and Supply Chain Technology Postsecondary Adult Vocational certificate program at the Lake Worth campus.

“Palm Beach County is home to over 15 distribution centers occupying over 4.2 million square feet in Palm Beach County. According to recent reports, the demand for industrial space to support e-commerce is projected to grow consistently through 2029,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board. “Since workforce is often billed as the new incentive, Palm Beach State College’s expansion will assist with the BDB’s efforts in attracting and retaining new business in the future.”

“At JPMorgan Chase, we want more people to share in the benefits of a growing economy by creating sustainable paths to careers that lead to prosperity and wealth for more individuals,” said Juan Tagle, managing director for Chase Middle Market Banking in Palm Beach. “We are investing in this program to help more local students gain the skills needed to access the growing number of local jobs that are in high demand.”

PBSC will heavily recruit low-to-moderate income students from those targeted areas who, upon successful completion of the programs, could earn at least $27.54 an hour. Current projections indicate that there are over 1,340 jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics sectors in Palm Beach County, and the number is expected to increase through 2023. The College expects to enroll at least 60 students during the term of the grant, giving them access to companies such as Tropical Shipping, Walgreens Co., Cheney Brothers, the Port of Palm Beach and more.

“We are thankful that JPMorgan Chase recognizes the value of the work we are doing to help individuals in our communities and the goals we plan to reach through these academic programs,’’ said PBSC President Ava L. Parker. “If we can get more people in these targeted communities trained for well-paying careers, it could make a world of difference in their lives and the lives of their families. We have a responsibility to ensure that everyone who desires to succeed in life through a quality education can do so. This initiative is once again about creating opportunities and access.”

Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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