Nursing mobile lab rolls into Pleasanton

Coastal Bend College nursing mobile sim labCoastal Bend College – Pleasanton Campus will host a public tour of the new nursing mobile simulation lab on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon. The lab will open at 9 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will start at 10 a.m. followed by refreshments.

The gooseneck trailer is outfitted with equipment and simulators so that students can practice emergent scenarios to hone their nursing skills.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, administered through Texas Higher Coordinating Board, made it possible for Coastal Bend College to purchase and equip two mobile labs to be circulated among its campuses in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton. Former District 35 State Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles and U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (District 15) played major roles in ensuring that $500,000 of the state budget was earmarked for the project.

 Betty Sims, director of nursing at the college, said one of the challenges facing rural nursing programs is the diversity and availability of patients with multiple illnesses at the time the student is in the clinical setting. “Nursing students who train in large metropolitan hospitals may see victims of heart attacks on a daily basis, but not CBC students,” Sims explained. “There is just a limit to the number of heart attacks or births in a small hospital on any given day.”

By taking the lab to the students, the nursing department can meet training demands in four cities for the price of one. Students and local healthcare personnel will use the mobile lab for classroom exercises and continuing education, according to Sims.

 There are only a handful of rolling simulation labs around the country using a similar setup for training. Access to a mobile lab reduces the need for hospitals and care centers to either create their own simulation labs or send their employees out of town for training, both costly prospects.

 “This grant will directly and immediately improve healthcare in our region,” Sims explained. “We are grateful for the funds and excited about bringing this project to fruition.”  

For more information, please call (830) 569-4222. The Pleasanton tour and ribbon cutting are open to the public.

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Coastal Bend College 2011-2012 Performing Arts Calendar

September

Sept. 3 — Fiesta Bee County Diez y Seis Pageant, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium,7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — Concert of local artists, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Sept. 27 — Beeville Community Chorus and all church choir members rehearse the “Messiah,” Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

October

Oct. 9 — The Flying Balalaiken Brothers, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Oct. 15 – United States Air Force Southwest Winds, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21 — Tom McDermott, a native Texan telling stories with music, presented by the CBC Cultural Arts Committee, partially funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 — Mariachi Campanas de America, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m.

November

Nov. 12 — Fiesta Bee County, Fiesta Ballet Folklorico Recital, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 — Beeville Community Band/CBC Concert Band, Fall Concert, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 — CBC Music Department Recital, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m.

December

Dec. 1 — CBC Drama Department presents a Children’s Show, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Dec. 2 — CBC Drama Department presents a Children’s Show to area elementary schools, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, performances at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Dec. 2 — CBC Drama Department presents a Children’s Show, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Dec. 3 — CBC Drama Department presents a Children’s Show, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 1 p.m.

Dec. 3 — Beeville Community Chorus, Fall Concert, Mission at Goliad State Park, 8 p.m.

Dec. 4 — Beeville Community Chorus, Community Advent Service, Faith Lutheran Church, Beeville, 3 p.m.

Dec. 5 — CBC Continuing Education and Music Department presents Guitar Extravaganza, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Dec. 6 — Beeville Community Chorus, Fall Concert, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.     

January

Jan. 29 — Susan McDonald, a native Texan known as the “Guitar Goddess” (described as the first woman to follow in the footsteps of Segovia), presented by the CBC Cultural Arts Committee, partially funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, free admission, 3 p.m.

February

Feb. 9 — Circa Paleo, Rhythms and Melodies of Global Folk Music, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 — San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, A. C. Jones High School, Admission, 7:30 p.m.

March

March 4 — Su-Ryeon Ji, organist, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, St. Philips Episcopal Church, 3 p.m.

March 23 — Dance Team, James and Kathy Taylor, Presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

March 31 — Talent Show, presented by the Beeville Community Chorus, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.     

April

April 26 — Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

April 27 — Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

April  28 — Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

April 29 — CBC Music Department Recital, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m.

April 30 — CBC Continuing Education and Music Department presents Guitar Extravaganza, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.

May

May 1 — Beeville Community Chorus Spring Concert, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

May 3 — Beeville Community Band/CBC Concert Band, Spring Concert, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 

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Stockdale softballer signs with Coastal Bend College

Kristy Vela

Kristy Vela

Stockdale High School graduate Kristy Vela signs her letter of intent July 5 to attend school and play softball for Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Vela is joined by (back, from left) Superintendent Paul Darilek; Stockdale High School Principal Sandra Lynn; Vela’s mother, Stephanie Schultz; her grandmother, Juanita Vela; and (seated) Coach Ashley West.

Coastal Bend College 2011-2012 Men’s Soccer Schedule

DATE —– OPPONENT —————————————– PLACE —– TIME

Sept. 2 —- University of Dallas (Reserves) ————— Dallas — 3 p.m.

Sept. 3 —- University of Dallas (Reserves —————- Dallas — 12 p.m.

Sept. 9 —- Northeast  Texas Community College —- Beeville — TBA

Sept. 10Lon Morris College —————————– Beeville2 p.m.

Sept. 13 Our Lady of the Lake Univ (Reserves) —— San Antonio 5 p.m.

Sept. 18 — West Texas College —————————– Snyder — 2 p.m.

Sept. 20 — Hill College ————————————— Hillsboro — 4 p.m.

Sept. 23 — Northeast Texas Community College - Mt. Pleasant — TBA

Sept. 24 – Tyler Junior College —————————- Tyler — 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 —- San Jacinto College —————————– Beeville — 1 p.m.

Oct. 15Tyler Junior College —————————– Beeville1 p.m.

Oct. 16San Jacinto College —————————— Houston — 1 p.m.

Oct. 21 — Lon Morris College ——————————- Jacksonville — 3 p.m.

Oct. 28-29 – TBA ———————————————- TBA — TBA

 

                      Head Coach:   Bill Cleavelin

       Athletic Coordinator:   Estevan Vasquez

                           President:   Dr. Thomas Baynum

Dean of Student Services:   Velma Elizalde

                              Mascot:   Cougars

         CBC Sports Website:   www.coastalbend.edu/sports/

               College Website:   www.coastalbend.edu

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announces grants for Beeville, Alice students from low-income families

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced that Coastal Bend College (CBC), Beeville and CBC Alice, Texas State Technical College (TSTC), Harlingen, and the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg will each receive federal grants totaling $1.2 million to fund the Talent Search program which will help students from low-income families pursue higher education.

 “I want to congratulate these fine educational institutions for receiving these very important federal grants that support higher education,” said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “The programs have been successful in helping students from low-income families, who would not even have considered higher education, enter and stay in colleges and universities. I commend all of the educators, and staff, involved in helping students in their communities enroll and stay in college.”

 This is how the funding will be distributed:

CBC Beeville  $306,752

CBC Alice      $230,000

UPTA              $415,652
TSTC               $230,000

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

CBC Educational Talent Search Program in Alice serves eight area schools and 616 students. Participating students are from Benavides, Falfurrias, Freer, Orange Grove, Premont and San Diego High Schools.

Project Director for Educational Talent Search in Alice, Jose Schuenemann, said she is thrilled with the grant award because it will help so many students. “Most of our students are first generation high school graduates who have never even been to a college campus,” said Schuenemann. “In our first year we had 80 percent of our students enroll in college. Last summer, I took 43 students to visit colleges in Houston and to tour NASA. They were so excited and enthusiastic about achieving their dreams of earning a college degree.”

CBC Educational Talent Search Program in Beeville serves 671 participants in 12 rural schools in South Texas. Participating students attend middle and high schools in Beeville, George West, Karnes City, Kenedy, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Refugio, Runge, Skidmore, Taft and Three Rivers.

TSTC’s CAST project (College Assistance for Student Talent) provides services for students in grades six through 12 in San Benito, Santa Maria and Mercedes Independent School Districts.

At UTPA, the Talent Search program serves eligible ninth- through 12th-graders from five Hidalgo County high schools in La Joya, Palmview, Juarez-Lincoln, Mission and Edcouch-Elsa.

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