CBC leadership presents at ACCT Leadership Congress

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Coastal Bend College President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, center, recently accompanied Laura Fischer, CBC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, and Carroll Lohse, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman, to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Chicago. Also present at the Leadership Congress, although not pictured, were CBC trustees Victor Gomez and DeeDee Bernal. The team was there to lead a session titled, “Student Access and Success Model.” The session highlighted the partnership between the College and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend—a partnership that has increased access and opportunities for students to gain workforce education and embark on a career all in one location.

October Board Meeting: Cancelled

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Coastal Bend College District scheduled on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 has been cancelled due to President Espinoza’s emergency medical procedure which occurred on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

CBC Honors 2013-2014 Retirees

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CBC Honors 2013-2014 Retirees

Coastal Bend College held a retirement reception on April 25, 2014 to honor employees who retired this year or are retiring between May and August 2014. The retirees are (from left to right) Dee Berthold, CBC Alice Counselor, 18 years of service; Elden Price, Accounting Professor, 31 years of service; Bobby Uzzell, Computer Information Technology Professor, 35 years of service; Millie Powell, Health Information Management Instructor, 11 years of service; Dina Villegas, TRiO Upward Bound Administrative Assistant, 33 years of service; Robin Schubert, Dental Hygiene Professor, 27 years of service; Sylvia Lopez, TRiO Student Support Services Administrative Assistant, 21 years of service; Ed Massey, History & Humanities Professor, 36 years of service; Danny Burns, Chemistry & Geology Professor, 33 years of service; Johnny Moreno, Welding Instructor, 36 years of service; Kathlyn Patton, Dean of Administration, 25 years of service; and Gloria Rincon, Executive Assistant to the President & CBC Board Secretary, 34 years of service. Retirees not pictured are Alicia Ulloa, Director of Admissions/Registrar, 38 years of service; Nora Cartwright, Continuing Education Facilitator, 5 years of service; Mary Perez, Continuing Education Assistant, 11 years of service; and Grace Villarreal, Budgets Supervisor, 44 years of service.

Coastal Bend College graduation to be held May 9

The Coastal Bend College graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 9. Two ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Coastal Bend College Beeville campus located at 3800 Charco Road. Both ceremonies will be inside the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). CBC graduates from the Beeville campus, and the Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton sites will take part in the annual commencement exercises.

The morning commencement at 10 a.m. will include graduates in the following programs: Airframe & Power Technology, Associate of Science, Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Drafting & Design, Early Development and Education, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and Oil and Gas Technology.

The afternoon commencement at 2 p.m. will include graduates in the following programs: Accounting, Associate of Arts, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Health Information Technology/Medical Records Coding, Machinist, Professional Business Technology, Nursing LVN, Nursing RN, Pharmacy Technician, Radiologic Technology and Welding Technology.

This year’s commencement address will be delivered by the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Kerry Keith Mix. Mix attained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Servicing from CBC in 2001. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, Texas. He then went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program with a Doctorate in Educational Administration. Since 2011, Mix has served as the Dean of Enrollment Services for San Jacinto College’s (SJC) South Campus located in Houston, Texas.

"What started at CBC truly transformed my life. Each degree challenged me to move forward. I often credit much of my success for the foundation I received at CBC," Mix said.

Hill Country Brass will provide music for the graduation processional and throughout the program Students’ family and friends, as well as community members, are invited to attend commencement. A free dessert reception sponsored by the CBC Foundation will be held for graduates and their guests after each commencement ceremony. More information about the commencement ceremonies may be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/graduation.

To view the full list of graduates, please visit http://coastalbend.meritpages.com.

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

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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.