CBC TRiO students attend annual leadership conference

September 25, 2014


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CBC’s TRiO programs took 12 students to the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs’ (TASSSP) 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference held this past summer: (Back Row, L to R) Demetrio Barrera Jr. of Karnes City, Clarissa Ibarra of Beeville, Matthew Contreras of Beeville, Upward Bound Academic Advisor Amanda Ramirez, Oscar Castillo of Odem, Devin Mendoza of Mathis, Alyssa Kelley of George West (Front Row, L to R) Marivel Moreno of Beeville, Cayla Cook of George West, Marivel Posada of Beeville, Heaven Rodriguez of Beeville, and Esmeralda Tapia of Beeville.

What defines a leader? TRiO students from Coastal Bend College were asked just that while attending the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs’ (TASSSP) 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference held this past summer. Eleven students from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX to participate in the event geared to promote leadership qualities and develop communication skills.

The conference featured team building activities and inspirational keynote speakers, as well as informative sessions on scholarship essay writing. Following the presentation, students vied for one of 78 scholarships the conference offered by writing their own essays. Demetrio Barrera Jr. of Karnes City, Oscar Castillo of Odem, Cayla Cook of George West, Alyssa Kelley of George West, Clarissa Ibarra of Beeville, and Heaven Rodriguez of Beeville each won $100 scholarships to be used at the institution of their choice.

The conference also hosted a college fair, which featured various institutions across the state, including Baylor, Texas Tech, and Texas State Universities. Advisors were on hand to offer information regarding specific degree plans and transfer guidelines.

Additionally, students experienced a brief taste of college life while staying in the dorms and dining at the campus cafeteria. In honor of the TRiO program’s 50th anniversary, students ended the conference with a 60’s themed dance, honoring the decade in which TRiO was founded.

All of the TRIO Programs are federally funded under the direction of the Department of Education. For more information please contact the CBC TRiO Office at (361) 354-2706.

CBC appoints new Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

September 23, 2014

Dr. Shannon LaneBEEVILLE, TX—Coastal Bend College (CBC) has appointed Dr. Shannon M. Lane as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation. She will oversee CBC’s institutional research division, as well as all work pertaining to accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Lane comes to CBC from Mississippi State University (MSU) where she served as the Coordinator of the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative from 2008-2011, and as the Undergraduate Coordinator of Study for the Department of Sociology from 2011-2014.

During her time at MSU, Lane designed online learning modules and evaluated their impacts among rural entrepreneurs as well as worked closely with faculty who wished to utilize technological education as part of their community outreach programs. Her outstanding work as an MSU faculty member led her students to nominate her for Academic Advisor of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. She was also an invited keynote speaker at Cornell University, as well as the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference.

Lane earned her Ph.D. from South Dakota University where she studied the long term impacts of consumer education on actual consumer behaviors, and was awarded a NASA Ph.D. Fellowship in evaluation in 2007 and 2008.

Lane is now home in her native Texas, and is proud to be part of the CBC family. She enjoys swimming, reading, and cooking in her spare time. She resides in Beeville along with her Jack Russell terrier, Ms. Gracie Mae.

CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic offers low cost preventative dental care to Beeville and surrounding areas

September 22, 2014


Photo Cutline: CBC dental hygiene students offer their services to the general public through CBC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. All services are $10 or less and are conducted under the supervision of trained faculty and staff. The clinic is now accepting appointments for the fall 2014 semester. Please call (361) 354-2555 to schedule your appointment.

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Dental Hygiene Program invites the community to take advantage of the low cost dental care services available at the college. The CBC Dental Hygiene clinic offers reduced priced services to help increase public awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Dental hygienists are available to see patients on Mondays and Wednesdays for preventative dental care.

Services available include teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, dental x-rays, site – specific antimicrobial placement and pit/fissure sealants placement.

“Utilizing the CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic can save individuals hundreds of dollars. The students and program faculty are proud to offer high quality preventative services that put affordable dental care within everyone’s reach. We also conduct outreach programs at various elementary schools because all of us in the dental hygiene division feel strongly about giving back to the community. Our program is going strong, and the students are off to a fantastic start this semester,” said CBC Dental Hygiene Program Director Connie Griffin.

Appointments can be made in the following time slots:

· Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

· Fees: $10 for the general public, $5 for students with a current student ID, and free for all senior citizens over 65, CBC faculty and staff, and military (both active and retired). Multiple appointments and x-rays and/or sealants are available at no additional charge to all patients.

To make an appointment, call the dental clinic at (361) 354-2555. The dental clinic is located at the CBC Beeville campus on 3800 Charco Road.

CBC radiology student wins social media contest sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists

September 15, 2014

Adam Mercer, a second year student in the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Radiologic Technology Program is one of the three grand prize winners of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) “Strike a Pose Contest”. The contest was held in honor of the upcoming National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW) which is celebrated from November 2 through November 8. The 2014 NRTW theme is “Many Views with One Vision”.


Mercer’s “Wheel of Fortune” inspired Instagram entry won him top honors in the “Best Represents NRTW Theme”, and he’ll be receiving a gift package, American Express gift card, and one year membership to the ASRT. His winning entry, along with the other category winners, will be featured in the October/November issue of ASRT Scanner, which is a bi-monthly radiologic industry publication.

For more information about the CBC Radiologic Technology Program, please contact CBC Radiology Program Director Timothy Skaife at (361) 354-2302 or via email at skaifet@coastalbend.edu.

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CBC, Angel Care EMS partner together to offer EMT Basic Course class this fall

September 12, 2014


Photo Cutline: Angel Care EMS and CBC nursing students work together during a mock training session held in March 2014 at the CBC Beeville campus. Angel Care EMS is partnering with CBC once again to offer an EMT Basic Course this fall.

Beeville, TX— Coastal Bend College (CBC) and Angel Care Emergency Medical Service (EMS) are partnering together to offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course this fall. In the Coastal Bend region, EMT’s earn about $33,450 annually, which is the equivalent of earning about $16 per hour according to 2013 data available from the United States Department of Labor. Furthermore, the EMT occupation is expected to grow 22% by the year 2022 due to the increased demand for healthcare support professionals in this area.

The EMT Basic Course will begin on October 14, 2014 and end on February 26, 2015. Classes are held primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with occasional Saturday classes. Students in the EMT Basic Course will participate in 240 hours of course instruction, 24 clinical hours at a hospital, and 24 hours of observation time in an ambulance with Angel Care EMS.

“This partnership is wonderful for Beeville and the surrounding areas because we’re helping provide workforce training options that lead to well-paying careers in high demand occupations. The course is designed to be a hands-on, immersive learning experience. After the student finishes the four-month course, they can embark on a rewarding career that can help save lives,” said Susie Gaitan, CBC Allied Health Coordinator.

The course costs $800 and will be taught by Jennifer Baron and Gabriel Aleman from Angel Care EMS. Prospective students may enroll now by contacting Susie Gaitan at (361) 354-2549 or via email at mgaitan@coastalbend.edu. The course is limited to 20 students, and veterans may utilize Hazlewood benefits to enroll in the course. Veterans seeking more information about utilizing their benefits should contact Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421 or via email at rstreich@coastalbend.edu.

CBC announces new Accelerated Learning Academy

August 21, 2014

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) latest addition to its vast course offerings is its new Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA). The ALA aims to increase the number of courses offered during non-traditional class times such as weekends and evenings. Furthermore, Wintermester and Maymester courses, offered in December and May respectively, can help students complete a course in between traditional 16-week college and university semesters.

The ALA courses are offered at an accelerated pace—students can complete courses in as few as four, eight, or 10 weeks. Courses are presented in a hybrid format that includes participating in both face-to-face and online (Internet) instruction.

ALA Coordinator Laura Yeck is excited about how these course offerings are helping increase access to higher education for students at CBC’s Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton locations.

“CBC realizes that there is a demand for courses to be offered outside of the usual 8-5 p.m., 16-week course structure. ALA students still have access to the myriad of free student support services offered at the college such as free tutoring, a dedicated faculty advisor, and career development resources. Overall, we hope the ALA helps increase graduation rates and student success.”

ALA courses are financial aid eligible to those who qualify, and courses are offered year round with rolling admission.

“With the new ALA, students don’t have to wait for the next long semester to start a class. We offer courses starting every 6-8 weeks and students can register up until the first class day,” Yeck said.

The ALA is part of the Project OASIS grant at CBC. Project OASIS is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant focusing on increasing the number of Hispanics and low income students obtaining degrees in STEM fields. For more information about the ALA, contact Laura Yeck at (361) 354-2570 or via email at layeck@coastalbend.edu. Registration for traditional fall classes is happening from now until August 29.

CBC brings Freedom Writer to Beeville campus to inspire faculty and staff

July 30, 2014


Photo Cutline: Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 acclaimed Hollywood movie, Freedom Writers, will be on the CBC Beeville campus on Friday, August 8 to speak to faculty and staff.

CBC brings Freedom Writer to Beeville campus to inspire faculty and staff

Coastal Bend College (CBC) faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend a professional development session with Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer, on Friday, August 8 at the Leadership Symposium taking place on the CBC Beeville campus.

An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie Freedom Writers starring Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank and Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey, Scott has energized over a million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. Speaking to over 125 groups a year for the past decade, he is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, schools, fundraisers, and banquets.

The author of Dream Now: How to Take Hold of The Live You’ve Always Dreamed About, Scott’s unique message is one that has inspired, educated, and empowered almost a million people, helping them make the most of their lives.

At the age of fourteen, Manuel dropped out of school, and his English grammar was so poor that he was classified as an English as a Second Language student (ESL). By the age of 16, he had already lived in 26 different places. At an early age, he began using drugs and alcohol.

He says, "When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me."

However, due to an amazing transformation, Scott has defied all the odds stacked against him.

"I was once dismissed as ‘unreachable’ and ‘unteachable,’ says Scott, "but something special happened, and I love sharing that message with others."

The high school drop-out now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is currently working on his Ph.D.

Scott’s appearance at CBC is made possible by the Title V Celebrando Educación grant. The grant’s goal is to improve retention and completion rates and increase enrollment in technical and/or professional occupational fields of study at CBC.

“The purpose of the Leadership Symposium is to learn, lead, and inspire. This symposium will provide information for dual enrollment adjunct instructors and staff that will enhance CBC’s current student success initiatives. We strive to ensure that each student has the same access and opportunity to succeed at CBC. Manny Scott will provide new perspectives in working with students by shedding light on the various challenges that today’s teens face as they navigate their way through college,” said Santos Jones, CBC Title V Cooperative Coordinator.

All CBC faculty and staff who attend the Leadership Symposium will earn professional development hours. In addition to Scott’s motivational speech, participants will also receive information about Campus Connect, Blackboard, and student retention best practices/strategies.

“I do not speak to impress people,” Scott explains, “but to impress upon them some invaluable lessons that could literally change the quality of their lives forever. When I speak, I try to make sure audiences are crystal clear about how to ‘turn the page’—to transform their lives. Whether I’m in Houston or Hong Kong, Kansas City or Cairo, Los Angeles or London, I carry a torch light of inspiration into the recesses of dormant potential, and show the gems that are sparkling there.”

For more information about attending the Leadership Symposium featuring Manny Scott, contact Santos Jones at (361) 354-2426 or faculty/staff can register online at http://www.coastalbend.edu/LeadershipSym/.

CBC Open Late Select Dates in August

July 16, 2014

Coastal Bend College locations in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton will remain open until 7 p.m. for evening registration on Tuesday, August 12; Thursday, August 14; and August 18th-21st. Prospective students can get one-on-one assistance with the Apply Texas admissions application, financial aid application, and course/schedule selection for the fall 2014 semester. Fall 2014 classes begin on August 25,  2014. Classes are available in-person at all CBC locations, online via the Internet, and in the evening and weekend. Dual enrollment classes are also offered at many local area high schools.

For more information about registration at CBC, please visit http://www.coastalbend.edu.

CBC Accepting Photograph Submissions for 2015 Wildlife Calendar

July 2, 2014


Each year, Coastal Bend College features the work of South Texas photographers in our annual wildlife calendar. The CBC Wildlife Calendar is distributed throughout South Texas and requests for copies of the calendar are also submitted from all over the world.

Photographers who are interested should submit no more than 25 of their most outstanding South Texas wildlife photographs to the CBC Marketing & Public Relations Office by Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Photos may include insects, birds, and animals that are native to the area, as well as photos that highlight regional landscape, vegetation, and character. All photographs should be bright, exceptionally sharp and taken with high-quality camera settings. Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions. Digital files may be submitted on CD, DVD, USB drive or by email to mcruz@coastalbend.edu. Digital photos should be taken at the highest available camera setting and must support an output size of 8×10 while retaining high quality.

Photographers who are interested in submitting their work can contact Monica Cruz, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at mcruz@coastalbend.edu for more information.

Dates Set for CBC’s Cougar Days 2014

June 9, 2014

Coastal Bend College (CBC) invites prospective and new students to attend a free Cougar Days event at any CBC location. The 2014 dates are: Alice, July 22; Pleasanton, July 24; Kingsville, July 29; and Beeville, July 31.

Cougar Days is a free, half-day orientation event where students learn about the student success services available to them at, meet the president, faculty, and staff, and participate in fun games and activities designed to help ease their transition into college life. Also, students can meet with a student development advisor to register for fall classes and learn more about our academic and workforce programs. Attending Cougar Days satisfies the College’s mandatory student orientation requirement, and all student attendees receive free lunch and a CBC t-shirt.

Parents are also welcome to attend Cougar Days with their student. CBC faculty, financial aid advisors, student development specialists, and business office staff will be available to talk with parents and answer any questions. Students are free to attend whichever Cougar Days location is most convenient regardless of where the student will attend classes in the fall. Registration for Cougar Days 2014 is available online, 24/7 at www.coastalbend.edu/cougardays

To be eligible to register for fall 2014 classes on Cougar Days, students must bring proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination if under 21, social security number, placement test scores or evidence of exemptions, and official transcripts from any high school or college attended.

Cougar Days begin with registration at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. If a student cannot attend a Cougar Days orientation, they should visit the Student Development Office at any CBC site or call:

· Beeville students: Tammy Flores, (361) 354-2266

· Alice students: Dee Berthold, (361) 664-2981 ext. 3025

· Kingsville students: Amanda Barrera, (361) 592-1615 ext. 4077

· Pleasanton students: Brittney Kroll, (830) 569-4222 ext. 1225


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