CBC financial aid priority deadline is May 1

April 22, 2014

Students planning to enroll at Coastal Bend College (CBC) during the 2014-2015 academic year should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by CBC’s priority deadline of May 1, 2014. Submitting the FAFSA early can potentially increase the number of grant dollars awarded to a student since many state and federal grants are awarded based on the student’s application submission date.

“The CBC Financial Aid Office will definitely continue processing and awarding financial aid after the May 1 deadline, but applying early really helps reduce students’ stress by allowing them to know how much aid they’ve received for college. Plus, the financial aid processing times in May are a lot shorter than they are in July and August, so it truly is best to submit the FAFSA soon,” said Nora Morales, Director of Financial Aid at CBC.

Applicants who need assistance submitting the FAFSA can visit any CBC location for help, or the applicant may call the CBC Financial Aid Office at (361) 354-2238. The FAFSA application can be done online at www.fafsa.gov. To ensure the application reaches CBC in a timely manner, applicants should use CBC’s federal school code of 003546. Once the application is submitted, the applicant will receive paperwork in the mail on behalf of both the Department of Education and the college.

“Once the student receives their financial aid packet from CBC, they simply need to fill it out and provide the information requested to our office. They can mail the packet back in or simply drop it off at any CBC site. I encourage everyone to apply even if they think they’re not eligible. With so many grants available, you just never know. We want to help everyone finance their college education, and applying for financial aid is the first step,” Morales added.

CBC gears up for 3rd Annual CommUNITY Spring Fest

April 8, 2014

Coastal Bend College is proud to host the 3rd Annual CommUNITY Spring Fest on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the CBC Beeville campus. Families and community members can enjoy free games, activities, and entertainment, in addition to an egg hunt for children ages 0-10. The egg hunt will be at 6:00 p.m. for children ages 0-3, at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 4-6, and the glow in the dark egg hunt will be at 8:00 p.m. for children ages 7-10. The egg hunt, game prizes, and several door prizes are being sponsored by the Coastal Bend College Foundation, which is a non-profit organization committed to supporting student success and innovative teaching initiatives at all CBC locations.

“The CBC Foundation is pleased to be sponsoring Spring Fest because it is a fabulous showcase of Coastal Bend College’s commitment to our community and students – present and future! This event is truly made possible because of the outstanding generosity of our Beeville community, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with CBC and all our wonderful businesses, leaders, and outstanding citizens. This event highlights what we can accomplish when we all work together,” said Patricia Patel, CBC Foundation Executive Director.

A coloring contest will also be held during CBC’s CommUNITY Spring Fest, and the male and female grand prize winners in each age division (0-4, 5-8, and 9-12 years old) will win Easter baskets and have their artwork featured in the upcoming issue of the CBC Forum—a quarterly magazine highlighting the achievements of CBC students, faculty, and programs.

Free food sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) of Beeville will be available to the first 500 attendees, while supplies last. Sunrise Vending and Vanguard Resources, Inc. are also donating free beverages and cookies, respectively, to the first 500 attendees.

For more information, please visit http://on.fb.me/1mVXxUj, or contact Monica Cruz, CBC Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at mcruz@coastalbend.edu.

CBC hosts job fair for employment opportunities at college

March 24, 2014

BEEVILLE, TX—On Friday, March 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Coastal Bend College will host a job fair on the CBC Beeville campus. The college is looking to fill several part-time and full-time positions available at various CBC locations.  The positions range from custodial positions to administrator level positions at the college. Full-time CBC employees enjoy a generous benefits package that includes: paid health insurance, some paid life insurance, various optional insurance benefits which can be paid by the employee, paid personal leave, and paid sick leave benefits, as well as vacation leave benefits (for staff employees), and paid state retirement options. In addition, employees receive a generous paid holiday schedule.

Personnel from CBC Human Resources will be on hand to assist career seekers with the CBC Employment Application and answer questions about the employment process. Several positions may have on-site interviews the same day. All job fair attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume with them to the event to enable them to complete applications and/or interviews.

The job fair will be held inside the James R. Dougherty Student Center on the CBC Beeville campus located on 3800 Charco Road. To view the positions available, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/employment_opportunities. Questions about the CBC Job Fair can be directed to Ana-Alyse Olivares, CBC Human Resources Technician, at (361) 354-2224 or via email at anaalyse@coastalbend.edu.

You’re Invited: Science Learning Commons Open House

March 17, 2014

Coastal Bend College’s Project OASIS invites community members to the Science Learning Commons Open House on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building in room 131. 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.

Since 2012, the grant has completely renovated several classrooms and laboratories in the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building. The new lab  features state of the art equipment such as smart boards, video microscopes, and brand new learning islands that are designed to facilitate group learning. In addition to having new equipment, students also have access to science case managers and supplemental instructors outside the classroom. The science case managers and supplemental instructors are available at no cost to students who need further assistance or tutoring in their courses.

The most recent addition this academic year is the Science Learning Commons where students can meet with their classmates to hold study groups or obtain supplemental instruction and tutoring. The Science Learning Commons features a Smart Board and other innovative technology that helps bring STEM related concepts to life. All these tools, services, and renovations are designed to improve student success rates in challenging courses such as math and science.

During the open house, visitors will be able to visit the Science Learning Commons, plus CBC faculty and supplemental instructors will have videos and demonstrations showcasing the new technology. There will be free refreshments available for all attendees. For more information, please contact Amy Gonzales, Project OASIS Assistant Director, at gonzalesa@coastalbend.edu or by calling 361-354-2581.


· Project OASIS Science Learning Commons Open House

· Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

· CBC Beeville Campus, Latcham Building, Room 131

Coastal Bend College closed for spring break

March 7, 2014

Coastal Bend College is closed March 10-14 for spring break. Administrative offices will open and classes will resume on Monday, March 17. Registration for CBC’s Maymester, summer I and II, and fall 2014 can be done online, 24/7 at www.coastalbend.edu. CBC hopes you have a safe and happy spring break!

CBC Faculty awarded Innovative Teaching Grants from CBC Foundation

March 4, 2014


Photo Cutline: Grant recipients (front row, left to right) Dr. Sean Herlihy, Elizabeth Larakers, Mark Secord, and Kathleen Cuyler were honored by members of the CBC Foundation Board of Directors (back row, left to right) Shambryn Huie, Claire Atkinson Wonders, Bridget Gayle, Jim Kirkpatrick, and Laura Fischer at a college-wide meeting in November 2013. Also on hand for the presentation were CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, first row, far left, and CBC Foundation Executive Director Patricia Patel, front row, far right.

CBC Faculty awarded Innovative Teaching Grants from CBC Foundation

Several Coastal Bend College faculty members started the spring semester off with some extra funding thanks to the Innovative Teaching Grants sponsored by the Coastal Bend College Foundation. These CBC faculty members were chosen for their forward thinking, student-centric ideas that will help increase student engagement and success at all CBC locations (Alice, Beeville, Kingsville, and Pleasanton).

CBC Science Cinema:

CBC Biology Professor Mark Secord will be taking his biology class viral by utilizing YouTube to upload short instructional videos to supplement his lectures/labs. Students will be able to view these videos from almost any computer or mobile device, which puts success literally at their fingertips.

"Students often struggle in science courses due to weak science backgrounds, the abstract nature of the material presented, and the large volume of content-specific terminology they are required to master.  Student success rates in many gatekeeper science courses are often low, so there is a well-established need to provide students with additional instructional resources," Secord said about his inspiration to go forth with this concept. "Plus, research has shown that 2-4 minute videos are more effective than those of longer duration."

Applied Physics Course Development

CBC Physics Instructor Dr. Robert Benson is currently working on developing a new physics course geared towards students in workforce programs.

"I really like making physics accessible and this opportunity provides a way for me to break down barriers for students in workforce programs," Benson said.

Benson stated that he should have the course developed by the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Ethnographic Research and Service Learning Initiative

Elizabeth Larakers, CBC English Instructor, hopes to strengthen CBC’s relationship to the community by integrating ethnographic research and service learning into English 1302.  Student will plan, cook, and serve a luncheon (tentatively scheduled for March 2014) for local seniors (ages 70+) and conduct interviews in order to collect living histories.  This research will serve as historical and cultural context to help students interpret "A Raisin in the Sun".

"My students are currently reading the play that integrates with the project, and they seem excited! Some of them have family members that fall into the demographic for the interviewees, which generates a wonderful sense of community involvement," Larakers explained.

Online Support for Writing Across the Curriculum

Dr. Sean Herlihy, CBC History/Government Instructor, and Kathleen Cuyler, CBC Assistant Professor of English, are teaming up to help students master the art of writing for college-level courses. Students will be able to access answers to commonly asked writing questions via Blackboard.

Students will also receive encouraging and supportive email messages inviting them to visit the Writing Center if they need additional help. 

The CBC Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next round of Innovative Teaching Grants in mid-spring 2014. For more information, faculty members can contact Patricia Patel, CBC Foundation Executive Director, at (361) 354-2447 or via email at foundation@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Dental Hygiene Students Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 27, 2014


CBC Dental Hygiene Students Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, first year Coastal Bend College dental hygiene students visited the Hampton-Moreno-Dugat Early Childhood Center and the Ayala Headstart Center in Beeville, Texas. The CBC dental hygiene students wrote and performed fun, educational skits for the children that focused on the importance of oral health and developing healthy habits at an early age.

CBC’s dental hygiene students also provide low cost patient screening procedures and services for the entire community at the CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic located on the Beeville campus at 3800 Charco Road. Services offered at the clinic include teeth cleaning and applying preventative materials such as topical fluorides to the patient’s teeth. All patients also receive information about developing good oral health and hygiene. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Please call the CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic at 361-354-2555 for more information or to make an appointment.

CBC Kingsville closed after 5 pm on February 18 due to water outage

February 18, 2014

The CBC Kingsville site is closed this evening, February 18, due to a water outage. All classes are canceled this evening for students attending the CBC Kingsville site. Stay tuned to www.coastalbend.edu or this webpage for further details regarding the status for tomorrow, February 19. All other CBC sites are open for classes as usual this evening.

CBC receives $10K for scholarships from Uranium Energy Corp.

February 11, 2014


Photo Cutline: Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) representatives Craig Wall, far left, and Harry Anthony, far right, present Coastal Bend College with a $10,000 check to help support the Community Scholarship Program. Receiving the check on behalf of CBC are Benjamin Avila, UEC scholarship recipient and CBC drafting and design student, and Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, CBC President. UEC has provided support for 40 student scholarships since 2011.

Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) donated $10,000 to Coastal Bend College (CBC) at a check presentation/reception on Wednesday, February 5. UEC has donated a combined total of $30,000 since 2011 as part of the Community Scholarship Program at CBC. The scholarship program provides higher education opportunities for students in Bee, Duval, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and Nueces Counties who are pursuing academic, industrial trades, and engineering-related majors.

UEC Senior Advisor Harry L. Anthony said, "A well-educated workforce is essential to the success of any business and UEC is committed to supporting the communities where we operate.  Coastal Bend College is a leader in workforce development and providing affordable, accessible education.  We are proud of our partnership and very honored to support their Community Scholarship Program.” 

Since 2011, CBC has awarded the scholarship to 40 students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 3.32. Of those 40 students, 19 have graduated with a level 1 or level 2 certificate, or an associate’s degree. Many of those students have graduated with all three. 

“Without UEC, we wouldn’t be able to offer so many CBC students these scholarship funds,” said Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, CBC President. “The scholarship provides students with an opportunity to help them realize their dreams and see them in the forefront. We are honored to have them back for the third year in a row, and we thank them for supporting the community.” 

One of the students that has benefitted greatly from the scholarship is current CBC drafting and design student Benjamin Avila. He is in his second year of the CBC Drafting and Design Technology Program and has been on the Dean’s List because of his outstanding 3.64 GPA. Avila moved to the Beeville area from Waco to pursue a career in an Eagle Ford Shale related industry, but decided on attending CBC to obtain a solid educational foundation first at the urging of his sister.

“I would like to emphasize how much the UEC scholarship has helped me out. I work as a cook at a local restaurant, and I’ve come to the realization that I cannot do that for the rest of my life. There was a period of time when the restaurant I work at was closed, and the UEC scholarship helped me pay for gas and supplies to keep coming to school. I’m graduating with my level 1 certificate this year, and I am already working towards my associate’s degree,” Avila said.

Uranium Energy Corp is a Corpus Christi-based uranium production, development and exploration company whose operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience.  Uranium Energy Corp is an industry leader in meeting the world’s overwhelming demand for more uranium, for more energy, for cheaper energy and for a cleaner environment. For more information on Uranium Energy Corp, visit http://www.uraniumenergy.com.

For more information about CBC scholarships, or to see how you can help support student success at CBC, please contact the Coastal Bend College Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at foundation@coastalbend.edu.

Media Advisory: CBC honors UEC for contributing $30,000 in scholarships since 2011

February 4, 2014



February 4, 2014

(Beeville, TX)

Coastal Bend College and Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) are celebrating their third year of partnering together to provide higher education opportunities for students in Bee, Duval, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and Nueces Counties who are pursuing academic, industrial trades, and engineering-related majors. This year, UEC is donating $10,000 in scholarships, for a combined total of $30,000 since 2011, to continue their support of CBC and its programs.

Members of the media are invited to attend the check presentation and reception.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.


Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus,

R.W. Dirks Student Services Building, Room 119


Harry Anthony, UEC Chief Operating Officer

Craig Wall, UEC Vice-President

Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, CBC President

Laura Fischer, CBC Trustee

UEC Scholarship Recipients/CBC Students

For questions, please contact Monica Cruz, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations at (361) 354-2258.


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