These are busy days for Dr. Jacqueline Rogers, as she prepares herself for a new chapter at Palm Beach State College. Her upbeat personality and optimism are certainly a winning combination for her recent appointment as the campus director of the new Dennis P. Gallon campus.
The brand-new campus, located at the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road in Loxahatchee Groves, is the fifth location of Palm Beach State College.
Dr. Rogers is responsible for overseeing the campus launch; she is working tirelessly to communicate and implement her innovative vision for students, faculty, and programs. Her passion for this new endeavor is clear as she shares the excitement of the campus’ development.
“I expect on the day we open the door we are going to see a large number of students, or individuals who are not yet students, hoping to attend Palm Beach State College at the Loxahatchee Groves Campus,” said Dr. Rogers.
She added that she can sense others’ excitement when she talks about the notable features of the new Loxahatchee Groves campus, consisting of renowned programs such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Health Information Programs, which include Health Information Technology, Medical Information Coder/Biller, Health Informatics Specialist, and Medical Transcription.
In addition, students will be able to complete their Associate in Arts degree at this campus, which will enable them to graduate and continue their education at a university. Palm Beach State College students, Nathalia De Araujo and Gabriel Franco, share in the excitement over this feature of the Loxahatchee Groves campus, saying that, “This is great! This new campus is going to give many opportunities to more people.”
The variety of programs that will be offered at the new campus will prove to be extremely beneficial for its students and community. Dr. Rogers stated that she, along with the college faculty, are “taking a very methodical approach in doing some research about what the employment needs are in the community in Loxahatchee, as well as in Palm Beach County.”
The new programs at the school are developed in order to meet the job opportunities available in the area, in hopes of placing students in well-paying careers. The overarching goal, she says, is “to contribute to the economic development of the community.”
In addition, Dr. Rogers plans to offer a variety of events and meetings aimed at integrating students within the broader Loxahatchee Groves community. “We want to make sure that the community realizes that we are there not just to educate our students, but we are there to really belong in a community and to infuse all of this excitement into the daily life.”
Each campus within Palm Beach State College has its own unique personality, based on location and environment. Dr. Rogers intends to ensure sustainability at the Loxahatchee Groves campus, with the aim to offer a “welcoming” setting” that will add to the natural ecological state.
Dr. Rogers started her career at Palm Beach State College when it was still known as Palm Beach Junior College. She took a moment to reminisce about her Palm Beach Gardens classroom and office. They were nestled in a beautiful location, facing the wooded area on the south side of the Lewis Center. She remembers the pleasant experience of watching cardinals and other wild birds fly among the trees and gardens. “It was just very relaxing,” she said. “I think we are going to have the same feel for this campus in Loxahatchee Groves.”
Additional information regarding the new campus and its expected completion can be found by visiting http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/locations/loxahatchee/.