YOU AND THE BLUE: A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of Broward College

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You & the Blue



Congratulations to the latest 117 nursing graduates and 20 dental hygiene graduates, who both celebrated with commencement ceremonies in August. Our College’s rigorous training produces health care advocates and practitioners that serve on the front lines of our communities in Broward County and beyond its borders. We welcome them as our newest graduates, and we salute them as they continue their professional paths. Each dental hygiene graduate received the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Dental Hygiene Achievement Award, in honor of the late Dr. Floyd Koch, a first-generation college student who believed in the power of education.


NewsBroward College Receives $500,000 Investment by the Health Foundation of South Florida

Broward College announced a $500,000 philanthropic investment by the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) over a two-year period to maximize Health Science pathway student success. Read More


NovaBroward College and Nova Southeastern University Partner to Offer Students Unique Educational Pathway to the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program

Broward College students can now benefit from a mutually beneficial agreement between the College and NOVA Southeastern University (NSU). Broward College students who complete the College’s Pre-Health Professional Studies (PHPS) Certificate, and meet other specified requirements, will be offered expedited review for admission to NSU's Master of Biomedical Sciences Program. Read More


VPAFall 2022 Visual and Performing Arts Events

The Fall 2022 calendar of events has been announced for Broward College’s Visual and Performing Arts. They have produced a full season of performances and exhibitions in its world-class facilities. Tickets are free and may be reserved online. Learn More





We're pleased to welcome Dr. Meka Mears back to the Broward College family as our new Major Gifts Officer.

Dr. Mears is a #BCProud Class of 2007 graduate.   

"As a proud Broward College alumna, returning to Broward College seemed inevitable for me because of my passion and commitment to serving Broward County," said Dr. Mears. "In my opinion, the essence of showing gratitude and appreciation to the people and organizations who helped to empower, educate, invest and positively contribute to your success is to give back, mentor, and advocate for those who are seeking opportunities to make their aspirations and dreams come true."

Learn more about Dr. Mears by clicking here.

We are #BCProud to shine a light on our alumni who demonstrate the many paths and achievements that Broward College helps make possible for its alumni and graduates.

Click on the image to be taken to the spotlights and to search our database of hundreds of alumni profiles.

Would you like to be profiled? Let us know at

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Looking to begin, expand, or take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey? BCEx is here to help you build a foundation and turn your ideas into reality.


BCEx’s first Ideation session of the semester begins on September 6th. Registration is now open; enroll today in the no-cost BCEx Ideation program. There are two sections available to accommodate your schedule.

This fully-virtual program will help you:

  • Progress, refine and expand your business idea
  • Cultivate your entrepreneurial mindset
  • Engage in the fundamentals of customer discovery
  • Find your WHY
  • Help you prepare for your next step: the award-winning BCEx lean launchpad accelerator.

This space-limited opportunity is open to Broward College Alumni & Friends and will fill up fast. To register for the program’s Ideation session, click here.  




The Apprenticeship Program at Broward College can assist you with your talent needs. An apprenticeship can be your talent solution, providing a reputable, organized framework for recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retaining, and advancing your workforce.


There are myriad benefits to hiring Broward College students, which include:

  • Cost savings: Hire an apprentice at a percentage of the market rate, and increase salaries as they gain skills. Contract with Broward College and save on recruitment costs.
  • Compliance: Let Broward College handle the registration and reporting required by the Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Education. We will monitor apprentice success on‐the‐job with your assigned supervisor.
  • Retention: Once the apprenticeship is complete, you can permanently hire the apprentice.
  • Diversity: Access a diverse talent base of applicants including underrepresented populations. 
  • Training: Apprentices receive front-loaded blocks of training in class and then report to work where they apply what they learn with an assigned mentor on the job. Employers train apprentices with specific skills they need for the success of that organization.

To learn more, complete the Apprenticeship Information Request by clicking here.

Stay tuned for information about an upcoming webinar bringing you into contact with Apprenticeship and Career Services leadership at Broward College.



The 13th Annual Pillars Conference took place from August 11 through August 14 both virtually and in person at The Pillars Hotel & Club in Fort Lauderdale. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Professional Enhancement Program of the Broward College Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services department, together with Broward College Alumni & Friends. 

The conference is spearheaded by Dr. Lulrick Balzora, who is Dean of the SBSHS Pathway and the founder of the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) at Broward College. 

This year’s conference theme was Maximize Conflict Transformation, and featured Broward College alumnae guest speakers including attorney Krisel McSweeney, St. Thomas law student Katya Kross, and US Army Veteran and Mental Health Therapist Rahjanni Iusi, who shared their perspectives as lawyers, activists, and mental health practitioners on transformative approaches to conflict. Additional guest speakers were Broward College psychology professor Dr. Keny Felix, clinical psychologist Audrea Paxton, and executive director of Omaha Conservatory of Music Ruth Meints.        


In addition, Broward College Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services students live streamed their thoughtful presentations about their collaborative and innovative work. This included students from our international centers in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, some of whom start formal studies at colleges in the United States this year.

Broward College Alumni & Friends is proud to be a partner with the Pillars Conference and its mission to invest in leaders to strengthen their sense of global purpose, total well-being, and individual resilience. 

This year's program was designed by Broward College alumna and Phi Theta Kappa member Claudette Goico Sernius.  



Did you know you can support organizations like ours through your IRA or 401(k)? By naming Broward College Foundation as beneficiaries, you can continue to make lifetime withdrawals and keep the flexibility to change beneficiaries if things change. 

When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunities to students who are determined to change their lives through the pursuit of higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

For more information, email Scott Rivinius or call 954-201-7490.



Looking for your next great job? All alumni have lifelong access to Broward College’s Career Center Network. You can review and respond to job postings, learn how to update your resume, as well as learn about workshops available to you to help you brush up on your skills. Additionally, the College Central Network Job Agent matches registered job seekers to thousands of new jobs daily. Upload your resume, get notified of matching opportunities, and apply to jobs -it's that easy!

Start your next job search by visiting

For a full schedule of upcoming career services workshops, visit

Learn more about alumni benefits by visiting


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