Latest transfer agreement will take seahawks flying to arizona

Latest Transfer Agreement Will Take Seahawks Flying to Arizona

Broward College recently unveiled an agreement that allows students who complete an Associate of Arts degree to further their studies outside Florida. The College is partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to provide graduates a seamless transition into a bachelor’s programs at the prestigious school.

ASU has ranked number one for the last four years as the country’s most innovative university by the U.S. News & World Report.  

Students must meet the established guidelines to qualify for the transfer. To be eligible, you must meet one of the following options:

  • Earned an Associate of Arts degree with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50, or
  • Completed a Florida General Education Course with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50, or
  • Completed at least 24 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00.

What is a Transfer Agreement?

ASU transferTransfer agreements help students who earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.), and in some cases, an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree qualify for acceptance to a bachelor’s program at a university. These are exclusive partnerships, and it doesn’t mean that the student is accepted to every program offered at the university.

In Florida, most public colleges are part of a statewide articulation agreement between the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors. The articulation guarantees the transition to students who complete an A.A at a member institution of the Florida College System to one of the 12 state universities, but this an does not apply to specific programs of study.

Broward College has taken their articulation agreements a step further, partnering with several universities even outside Florida.

Other Destinations for Alumni

ASU is the latest institution to join the list of possible destinations for Broward College graduated. The College has transfer agreements with over ten universities nationwide, including:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
  • Thomas University
  • Ball State University
  • University of Albany
  • Wayne State University
  • Buffalo State University
  • Marymount University
  • University of South Florida, and
  • Western Governor’s University

The College is also working to create international connections for its graduates. In May 2018, an agreement was signed with the University of Gibraltar in Spain. This allows students who complete their associate degree in South Florida or any Broward College international location, the opportunity to transfer to the University of Gibraltar.

Broward College can help create your path to the university of your dreams. What are you waiting for? If you have recently graduated from Broward College, check out the opportunities to advance your education through one of the many transfer programs available to alumni. If you’re new to the College, talk to an advisor about the best option for you to further your studies.

Broward UP gaining strength with addition of municipal partners

Broward UP™ Gaining Strength with Addition of Municipal Partners

Broward UP, the College’s community-centric approach to elevating educational attainment and lowering unemployment in Broward County, has added three more municipalities to its roster of partners.

BrowardUPIn overwhelming votes of support, the cities of West Park, Hollywood and Lauderdale Lakes agreed to join Broward UP, thus paving the way for the partnerships to work collaboratively toward the goals of promoting employment opportunities for residents while boosting economic growth in the communities.  They now join the city of Lauderhill, which was the first municipality to partner with Broward UP.

Under an MOU with each city, the College is providing direct support in the design and delivery of:

  • On-site workshops, courses, and programs for city residents
  • Certification training at identified city locations aligned to employment within the area
  • An access strategy for city employees and residents to earn Broward College degrees and certifications
  • STEM, coding and technology training
  • College and career-readiness campaign for city residents and employees
  • Entrepreneurial programming

Broward UP aims to remove barriers, improve lives through postsecondary attainment, and build partnerships to help every person realize their “Unlimited Potential.” While Broward County's unemployment rate is approximately 3.3 percent, the figure soars to more than 10 percent in some cities, with some zip codes nearing 13 percent. In response to this disparity, Broward UP has adopted three goals: increase college access and attendance, improve degree and certificate attainment, and holistically raise social and economic mobility.

"The objective of these partnerships is to work together to improve lives," said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. "We are ready to activate our resources in these communities to ensure residents have access to the training and skills needed to improve their careers and overall livelihoods."

The College is also pursuing partnerships with other municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, places of worship, businesses, and funders.

To learn more about how Broward UP™ plans to bridge the gaps between communities in need and postsecondary education, watch this South Florida PBS interview with Broward College President Gregory Haile, Esq., here

If you want to participate in promoting opportunity for residents of Broward County to achieve their highest potential, Broward UP™ could use your help.  Here’s how you can partner.

Social behavioral sciences and human services pathway

Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Pathway Offers a Cohort of Possibilities

Students pursuing a degree in Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services (SBSHS) probably know that the pathway is all about human behavior, its relation to society, and what people can do to help others. If students are curious about humans, their behavior, their past, and evolution, then look no further. Students can find the answers when they pursue a degree in any of the career opportunities within the SBSHS pathway.

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SBSHS pathway
SBSHS students during a soft skills training session

When students begin their flight as Seahawks at Broward College, they will find faculty and staff determined to help them along the way toward graduation. The SBSHS pathway is mainly focused on providing students with valuable resources to complement what they learned in the classroom.

“It’s not only about the material students learn in the classroom,” says Lulrick Balzora, dean of Academic Affairs for the SBSHS pathway. “We understand it’s important to also train our students with certain skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce, such as soft skills.”

In response, the pathway has created weekly training, called the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), that takes place every semester. PEP focuses mostly on teaching soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, time management, and emotional intelligence.

These Rewarding Careers Await

There are 13 different fields within the pathway at Broward College that can lead  to immediate employment after completion of the program. Students can also continue their education at a four-year university. Students earn Associate of Arts degrees in Anthropology, Geography, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Students can also obtain Associate of Science degrees in Human Services or Geographic Information Systems.

Several of these fields, including Psychology, Political Science, Geography, and Sociology may lead to highly-paid careers, with annual salaries ranging between $79,010 and $117,570 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs for Social Workers and Psychologists are in high demand. Both fields have faster-than-average job growth expected through 2026, at 14 and 16 percent, respectively.

Broward College is continuously ranked among the top community colleges in the nation and provides world-class education for an affordable price. Learn more about career opportunities in SBSHS and seven other pathways here.

South Florida's Hottest jobs

South Florida’s Hottest Jobs – Earn Six Figures Working in One of These Five Fields

Have you wondered what jobs are currently topping the list of the most rewarding career opportunities and offer competitive salaries in South Florida? As you pursue your post-secondary education journey and what career path to follow, thinking about your future salary could be an important factor in your decision.

Yes, you’re also supposed to follow the fire in your heart, but it can’t hurt to know that you’ll be well-off when you’re studying to be an anesthesiologist, commercial pilot, or dentist. These careers, as well as computer information managers and aerospace engineers, are at the top of the salary scale, offering an average salary of over $100,000.

The best part? Broward College knows that these fields are booming in our local community and understand the need for highly-qualified professionals to enter the workforce. The College offers affordable degree options in these and many other hot jobs.

Get started at Broward College

Broward College is constantly ranked among the top community colleges in the nation, most notably being a three-time finalist for the Aspen Prize. It also ranks as one of the most affordable. Among the top programs are many of the jobs currently in the hottest jobs lists in the state.

Healthcare Careers

Who would have thought that anesthesiologists are making more than lawyers? In South Florida, the average salary for the profession is $280,390, which is $20,000 over the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This positions the field as the highest paying job in the Sunshine state. You can become an anesthesiologist when you pursue a career in the prestigious nursing program at Broward College. “The job outlook for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists is definitely bright. This group of advanced practice nurses are among the highest earners,” says Sara Turpel, dean of Nursing.

Your dentist is also earning a good income for taking care of your teeth. The BLS data shows that in Florida, dentists earn an average of $167,270. This is $10,000 over the national average, and the field is experiencing faster-than-average job growth of 19 percent through 2026. At Broward College, you can start your journey to dental school when you complete a degree in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting.

Transportation Professionals

But if you’re not into healthcare, the second-highest paying job, literally makes the sky your limit.  The BLS data shows that commercial pilots earn an average of $188,400. “And that’s only the beginning. For commercial pilots, it’s very common that their average salary will go way up once they are closer to retirement,” says Sean Gallagan, associate dean of the transportation programs.

And that’s not all if you are more inclined to work in the area of building things, then a career in aerospace engineering may be perfect for you. You can earn around $105,460 a year by pursuing a degree in Aerospace Sciences at Broward College at an affordable price.

Information Technology

The pace of digital advancement across industries means that for techies, this is the best time to go into any job within Information Technology. It’s obvious by the expected job growth of 12 percent that this will remain a high-demand career path for some time. IT managers in Florida earn $129,540 annually. Broward College offers several degrees in the field, including two new Bachelor of Science (B.A.S.) programs in Information Technology and Technology Management.

What are you waiting for? If you are interested in any of these fields, it’s time to get your career started.

Broward College is determined to provide the community with academic programs that meet workforce demand, and that will launch graduates into rewarding professional careers. Learn more about the over 140 programs offered at the College and start your journey towards a better future today!

Be Safe During Hurricane Season – Storm Preparedness Tips

Hurricane season is now in full effect. While we hope our community will be spared by mother nature, from June 1 to November 30, South Florida will brace for the possibility of seasonal storms. Even as households and cities make special preparations, at Broward College, the safety and well-being of students, staff, and faculty is the priority.

The Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness (SSEP) takes on the job to provide a meticulous guide with tips, safety information, tracking charts, and supplies checklist. This printable Hurricane Safety Action Guide, assembled by the College with general information from government agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), is meant to keep you safe anytime, anywhere.

Safety at Broward College

While the Hurricane Safety Action guide, intended for public use, provides easy-to-follow steps to prepare for a storm, the Broward College Severe Weather Plan, also put together by the SSEP, provides instructions on how the College should plan for emergencies due to weather and other natural causes.

Hurricane Season Preparedness“The SWP intended to be a management-supported, documented, and cost-effective plan providing the college-wide capability for organized preparation and timely recovery from major unforeseen disruption,” explains Grant Gundle, associate vice president of SSEP. The SWP is updated every spring in anticipation of the hurricane season in the fall.

The NWS recognized Broward College on September 25, 2018 as “StormReady,” a designation given to communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, and commercial enterprises that strive to equip themselves with the proper knowledge, emergency planning, and awareness to guarantee the safety of the public in the face of a severe weather-related situation. “This designation highlights the College’s investments in preparing to save lives and protect property from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness,” says Gundle.

Broward College has in place an emergency notification system called BC Alert. Whenever any of the campuses are threatened by an emergency, including a Tropical Storm or Hurricane, students, faculty, and staff are notified via email, text message, desktop monitors, and phone calls of cancellations or closures related to the College and any course of action recommended for them to take.

After a storm passes and weather conditions are determined to be safe, Facilities and Campus Safety assess the campuses to guarantee the College is in proper condition to resume activities.

Prepare Before the Storm

When it comes to tropical storms or hurricanes, warnings and advisories give us some time to prepare ourselves. Before a storm hits, you usually have 48 to 72 hours to gather all the supplies you need and review your emergency plans.

In the comprehensive Hurricane Safety Action Guide, you can find a full list of supplies you will need, but the most important are water, non-perishable food, cash, important personal documents, first aid kit, flashlights, NOAA weather radio, and batteries of different sizes.

If you live in an evacuation zone, it’s important you follow the instructions from authorities regarding shelters and evacuation guidelines. You can find a list of Broward County shelters, including pet-friendly shelters, here.

Broward College takes the safety of all its community as a top priority. To guarantee the well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, the College has put together a comprehensive guide and website that lists all the information you will need for this Hurricane Season. 

BC students make presence felt in China

When Least Expected, Broward College Students Make Presence Felt in China

On a recent trip to China to participate in graduation ceremonies at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, Russell McCaffery got a chance to mix business with pleasure when he unexpectedly crossed paths with some familiar faces from Broward College campuses in South Florida.

“These types of trips tend to be pretty frenetic because I’m trying to cram as much as possible in to make the best use of my time,” said McCaffery, the Broward College dean who oversees Aviation, Automotive, MarineSupply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and Building Construction programs. “To run into Broward College students and faculty from Fort Lauderdale was a nice collateral benefit to be sure.”

McCaffery was visiting China’s largest city and financial hub to congratulate the 57 Chinese nationals who earned Broward College associate degrees while taking courses at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University under a joint agreement between the schools. The Broward College students from Florida were in the midst of a one-month cultural exchange at  Shanghai Second Polytechnic University while the faculty were on campus to teach courses in Supply Chain Management and Web Design.

Expanding International Appeal

Broward College students
Russell McCaffery (center) with Broward College faculty and students in Shanghai, China

In addition to conferring degrees, McCaffery was cultivating new and existing academic collaborations with China’s universities while bolstering Broward College’s international appeal.

“There are tremendous international opportunities for Broward College, but specifically in China,” said McCaffery. “A lot of Chinese students value a western education. It gives them an edge on their resumes to earn a diploma from Broward College and the United States.”

McCaffery said an associate degree from Broward College also provides a pathway for Chinese students to transfer to four-year universities. The dean is working to extend that international model to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China, located in Sichuan and considered the largest flight training institute in the world.

One of the goals is to have Chinese students come to the United States to study for two years in any one of Broward College’s aviation programs before returning to Civil Aviation Flight University to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Affairs at Work

Another plan under discussion is for Chinese students to earn an associate degree from Broward College at Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic. Broward College faculty would collaborate with Chengdu professors to teach courses in English. The Chinese students would be no different than their Broward College peers with one exception: they would not have to set foot on U.S. soil.

McCaffery said partnerships with Chinese universities are a win-win for Broward College. Not only do international students increase exposure to diverse cultures in the classroom, but they also pay higher out-of-state tuitions that help the College’s operations.

“Our international programs continue to grow,” said McCaffery. “The fact that Broward College can play a bigger role, not just in Broward County but on the world stage, is a feather in our cap.”

Students with lofty aspirations can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees and industry certifications through the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College. Learn how your career can take off.

BC student sets sights on repairing aviation mechanic shortage

Broward College Student Sets Sights on Repairing Aviation Mechanic Shortage

When he was just a kid growing up in Nigeria, Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel would build model airplanes out of paper, cardboard, and tape and power the plastic propellers with a small DC battery. Each time the primitive technology rolled off the table and failed to fly, he wondered why.

“I was in a world all my own,” said Nzekwe-Daniel, who doubles as a student and mechanic at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College. “I needed to learn how these machines work.”

That curiosity and a desire to dissect real turbine jet engines landed him at Broward College two years ago. At the end of the upcoming fall semester, he will graduate with an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Aviation Maintenance students
Davidson, third from the left, collaborates with classmates

Finding a job that is responsible for keeping passengers and flight crew safe shouldn’t be much trouble. A Boeing report estimates that the aviation industry will need 754,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians over the next two decades, more than 80 percent of them for the growing commercial sector. But, while the demand for aviation mechanics is at an all-time high, a headwind looms on the horizon.

Nzekwe-Daniel said Federal Aviation Administration regulations that dictate what aviation programs teach aspiring mechanics had not kept pace with sophisticated industry technology. He can attest. Nzekwe-Daniel needed three attempts to gain the FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification essential for employment.

Airlines Scramble for Technicians

Part of the problem is that the FAA-enforced curriculum is time- rather than competency-based, schools with aviation programs, like Broward College, have only so many credit hours to design an academic program. With little wriggle room to incorporate subject areas beyond those dictated in the 1,900-hour syllabus, Nzekwe-Daniel said some students are unable to reinforce the competencies they need to pass their qualifying exams for FAA licenses in Airframe and Powerplant. As a result, many companies that are scrambling for maintenance technicians have joined educators to urge Congress to legislate the first revisions to the federally authorized curriculum in some 40 years.

Reluctant to wait for the government to step up to the plate, Nzekwe-Daniel, with support from Broward College faculty and administrators, took it upon himself to research a temporary solution. He created a refresher course of sorts, which he dubbed “Curriculum Practical Training, (CPT)” for Broward College aviation students who are determined to bolster their skills leading up to the FAA Practical Test Standards required for Airframe and Powerplant maintenance certification. 

Temporary Solution Takes Off

Nzekwe-Daniel said 25 students at the Aviation Institute completed CPT in June, at no cost. Two students who completed the trial offering in January already obtained FAA Airframe and Power Plant certificates and entered the workforce. Fort Lauderdale-based GA Telesis and Xtreme Aviation in Doral are interested in offering CPT to their employees.

In the meantime, Nzekwe-Daniel relishes the opportunity to spread the word about CPT to other Florida colleges with aviation programs while he promotes the virtues of flight at campus events, job fairs and at K-12 schools in Broward County.

“It’s the most satisfying feeling to help someone get their FAA license and achieve their goals,” said Nzekwe-Daniel. “I love aviation and serving others. My passion is now my purpose.”

As the global fleet of jet airliners expands, the demand for aviation mechanics is predicted to remain strong. Programs of study at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College can lead to FAA certification and help your job prospects soar.

Keep up with Your Goals this Summer by Using Broward College Resources and Discounts

If you missed out on the opportunity to land a summer job and are now wondering what to do in your free time, don’t worry. There are several Broward College resources and discounts available to help you make the most of the summer by enhancing your skill set, and even have some fun too!

Free Resources for Broward College Students

Broward College StudentsDid you know that your student ID and email gives you access to free resources on the internet? LinkedIn Learning, previously known as Lynda, is a website with tutorials on topics ranging from sales & marketing to photography and video editing. If you sign up with your Broward College email, you gain access to over 5,000 video tutorials for free. Your student email also gives you access to student rates for the Adobe Creative Suite and programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and more.

The University/College Library also offers free access to online resources such as ebooks, research articles, and online art, music, and video collections.

Save Some Cash with Your Seahawk ID

Summer is also a great time to upgrade your tech gadgets in preparation for the academic year. You can use your ID to get discounts on products from Microsoft, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and HP.

And, if you’re looking to update your closet, your student ID, you can access discounts from several clothing retail stores, including Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, and many more. You should always check if your local store participates, but most stores also offer online discounts.

Don’t Forget the Summer Fun!

Tigertail Lake CenterAnd, when you need a break from your quest to improve your skill set this summer, put on your swimming suit, pack up some snacks, and head straight to Tigertail Lake Center to have a blast. Once again, you can put your student ID to great use by getting yourself exclusive discounts and even free rentals when you visit Tigertail. Free rentals include kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and the rope course. You can access the Aquaglide challenge for a discount rate.

Expanding your expertise in different areas will boost your possibility of landing high-paying jobs. Sign up for LinkedIn Learning today and make the most out of your summer.

Tigertail Lake offers courses in Lifeguarding, Scuba Diving, and First Aid. Learn more about the learning opportunities here.

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery Prepares for the 2019-20 Year with Colorful Exhibit

Whether you are an artsy soul or not, there is some way art has made an impact on your life, either through a song that brought a smile to your face, a movie that entertained you, or a painting that challenged your beliefs.

Art is the medium to communicate our emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in a creative, eye-catching way, and for many, it’s the most effective way to express themselves to the world. Broward College is known for various forms of the arts through its Visual & Performing Arts department and a plethora of cultural events hosted throughout the year. But did you know the College has galleries?  

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus and The South Gallery on the Judon A. Samuels South Campus serve as hosts to outstanding art exhibits throughout the year, from up-and-coming artists from around the country to students and faculty. In addition to the exhibits, the galleries also host artist lectures and art performances.

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery“The galleries are integral in the College’s mission to make art available to everyone in our community,” explains Scott Miller, dean of Academic Affairs of Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design (AHCD) pathway. “When it comes to the students, they benefit greatly in two ways. First, they get to experience what it is like to have their work featured in a professional gallery setting, and second, they also see the art from their professors, which reinforces the lessons they are taught in class.”

2019-20 Season Exhibits at The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery

“What is Withheld” by Yvette L. Cummings will kick off the 2019-20 season at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Cummings’ work, known for its vibrant colors and use of patterns, explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, and femininity through paintings and sculptural installations. In “What is Withheld” Cummings doesn’t shy away from her past as a victim of sexual child abuse, but rather uses it as a starting point for her thought-provoking work.

The artwork showcased at the gallery is carefully chosen by the Gallery Committee, which places a call to submit in national publications. The exhibition series is selected a year in advance.  Additional exhibits showcasing during the 2019-20 season at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery are Fall Faculty Exhibition, Sept. 26 through Oct. 23; Broward County High School Art All-Stars Exhibition, Oct. 30 through Nov. 6; Eun-Kyung Suh, Nov. 14 through Jan. 15; Winter Faculty Exhibition, Jan. 23, 2020 through Feb. 19; Verisimilitude: Dominic Lippillo, John Morris, Casey McGuire, and Mark Schoon, Feb. 27 through April 8; and You are here: 42nd Annual Student Exhibition, April 16 through May 27.

The Broward College Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is located in Building 6 on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie, FL. Entrance to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment.

Choosing Art as a Career

“It is critical for students to know and understand their culture, and art provides one of the avenues toward a greater understanding of that culture,” says Miller.

Broward College offers a wide array of art programs that include photography, film, painting, sculpture, printmaking, dance, music, theatre, architecture, and graphic design. Career opportunities in the field tend to be well-paid, with yearly wages ranging from $48,960 to $92,780, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Art is one of the avenues through which we examine the different cultures. Learn more about the extraordinary career opportunities related to art here.

Students receive powerful training in soft skills

Students Receive Powerful Training in Soft Skills

With an increase of 27 percent in undergraduate enrollment since 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, more qualified people with a strong set of hard skills are entering the workforce. But what many are not paying attention to is that employers are prioritizing candidates who possess an array of soft skills.

Soft skills are personal attributes, which contribute to a successful work environment, such as good communications skills, time management, and emotional intelligence.

“We understand that for our students to remain competitive in the current workforce and be a strong candidate for high-paying positions, they need to possess a solid set of soft skills. For employers, the academic knowledge is not enough,” explains Lulrick Balzora, dean of Academic Affairs for the Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services (SBSHS) pathway.

Providing Critical Training

Professional Enhancement Program sessionThe SBSHS pathway has created the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), to equip students with the necessary soft skills needed in today’s workforce. Through PEP, students can participate in internships, research projects, practical experiences, and opportunities to shadow community leaders.

Part of the PEP curriculum is a soft skills training that takes place every Friday over ten weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the spring and fall semesters. Students have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers who discuss the applications of soft skills in the workplace and everyday life, book discussions, and classroom projects.

“It’s important that the students understand that their soft skills can be applied in every aspect of their life, not only at the workplace. The guest speakers do a great job of making this point by showing them how they apply it in their lives,” says Balzora.

Making a Deep Impact

Participants of the programs value the training it provides to them. But for most, PEP has made a deeper impact on their lives. “The Professional Enhancement Program taught me how to apply the leadership skills I learned during my time in the military in my everyday life, and even as a college student and future professional,” says Rahjanni Lusi, social work major.

When 32-year old Rahjanni left the military after eight years, she found it difficult to transition into civilian life. She was deployed several times to Afghanistan and found herself struggling with PTSD.

“Before getting involved in the PEP, I was uncomfortable, lonely, and struggling with certain issues from my military life. But once I found the program, I found what I was lacking: a sense of belonging and comradery,” says Rahjanni. “It has been a life-changing experience, and it greatly helped my transition into civilian life.”

Rahjanni’s ultimate goal is to become a mental health advocate and thanks to PEP, she’s being mentored by a therapist and has had the opportunity to see what it is like to work in the field.

Employers in today’s workplace are valuing soft skills over hard skills. Contact Lulrick Balzora at (954) 201-6514 or and learn more about the free training provided by the SBSHS pathway. This program is open to all students.

Ready to change the world? Rewarding career opportunities such as Social Work, Psychology, and International Relations are available through the SBSHS pathway. Register today!