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CBC Honors 2013-2014 Retirees

May 1, 2014

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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

May 1, 2014

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.

February 11, 2014

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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.

CBC adds 12 college and career pathways for students

December 5, 2013

Coastal Bend College’s Adult Basic Education and Continuing Education divisions are proud to announce the implementation of 12 college and career pathways for students. These pathways are designed as open access points for students who have completed a high school education or are in the process through enrollment in a GED program, particularly CBC’s ABE/GED program.

The following 12 pathways were created to provide career options, milestones of success, and skills that directly lead to a higher level certificate or degree at CBC:

· Bookkeeping Specialist Certificate

· CIT – Networking Certificate

· CIT – Web Design Certificate

· Criminal Justice Certificate

· Early Childhood Specialist Certificate

· Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

· Office Specialist Certificate

· Oil and Gas Safety Certificate

· Oil Patch Preparation System (OPPS) Certificate

· Welding Specialist Certificate

· CDL Certificate

· CNA Certificate

In addition, these pathways will also assist CBC in providing additional training and education to high school students who are not at the collegiate level, but still need a skill to enter into the workforce. These pathways will be presented to local high schools in spring 2014 and on a continuous basis in an effort to reach all students. CBC’s goal is to expand higher education by delivering quality, affordable training and educational opportunities to anyone wishing to enter college and/or the workforce.

These career pathways also benefit students participating in the Vocational Advancement Basic Education Grant (VAST). VAST aims to build educational and training opportunities at CBC that will help students take advantage of the economic opportunities available in the Eagle Ford Shale. Furthermore, VAST opens up college opportunities and certificate training for students currently underutilized in the region due to lower skills, limited English and lack of a GED or high school diploma.

These pathways have the flexibility to be offered for credit or non-credit and will be offered to the general public and businesses as continuing education courses. For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Hutchinson-Bell, Director of Adult Basic Education, at (361) 354-2742 or via email at dhbell@coastalbend.edu.

The Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approved the implementation of the new general education core curriculum for fall 2014. The new core curriculum was created utilizing the guidelines set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and also includes input from CBC faculty and staff. Beginning fall 2014, students will only have to complete 42 semester credit hours in order to graduate/complete the core and transfer to a four-year university. The new core curriculum degree plan will be published in the 2014-2015 CBC Course Catalog that will be available in spring 2014.

The Board also approved maintaining a four-day instructional week and a five-day work week during the fall and spring semesters. CBC is committed to keeping higher education accessible and affordable for all students, and by maintaining a four-day instructional week, students will not be burdened with extra costs such as gas and childcare by having to attend class an extra day each week. CBC faculty and staff will work five-days a week in order to provide students with access to their professors and college services, while also allowing time for faculty and staff to attend trainings and meetings.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the college will no longer contribute the additional 1.9% supplement for employees utilizing the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). In FY14, for the first time, the State is only providing one half of the state rate to institutions, which means that although the rate is 6.6% this year, the State provides only 3.3% contribution to institutions. This impact continues to decline with fewer employees in the system however it is still an additional local cost to CBC. The number of projected employees impacted is 14.

The December 2013 CBC Board of Trustees regular meeting has been moved from Thursday, December 19 to Tuesday, December 17 at 5 p.m. inside the Robert J. Beasley Administration Building, Sandy Dirks Board Room, 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX 78102.

At Coastal Bend College your future begins here—and now. Let us help you advance your career and education. With so many programs, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Let us tell you how. Contact us for more information about the programs and courses offered at Coastal Bend College by calling 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266. Or you can visit us on the web at http://www.coastalbend.edu. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cbcfuture.

CBC Board of Trustees approve purchase of new oil and gas simulator

October 29, 2013

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Photo Cutline: Gloria Rincon, secretary to the CBC Board of Trustees, was awarded the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Western Region Professional Board Staff Member Award at the 2013 ACCT Congress in Seattle, WA.

CBC Board of Trustees approve purchase of new oil and gas simulator

The Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a $239,500 oil and gas simulator at their regular meeting held on Thursday, October 17. A grant from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development Fund will cover $163,694. The remainder of the balance will be funded via previous donations from Pioneer Natural Resources ($35,439) and Marathon Oil ($22,696), plus funds will be utilized from the CBC Oil & Gas Technology Program budget ($17,671). The simulator will be used to teach credit and non-credit curriculum, as well as customized and continuing education training. The state-of-the-art simulator will give students and trainees hands-on experience with operating a full size drilling, production, and work over simulator. The simulator will be installed in spring 2014 on the CBC Beeville campus.

CBC Professor Kevin Behr, J.D., provided updates to the Board about the CBC Law Enforcement Program. Over 600 students each academic year enroll in a CBC criminal justice/law enforcement course at either the college or a high school via dual credit, and about 25 students each year graduate from the program itself. The program’s high quality education, outstanding reputation, and affordable tuition attract students from all over Texas. Current law enforcement student Justin Gonzalez is from Brownsville, TX, and he was recruited by Behr while still in high school.

“When I first heard that CBC was at my high school, I went to the presentation just to skip my ninth period class. But after talking to Dr. Kevin Behr, I knew CBC was the right place for me. I received a CBC scholarship and a CBC dorm scholarship to help with my education, and once I graduate from CBC I want to transfer to Sam Houston State University. Eventually, I plan on attending law school. I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be successful, if it wasn’t for Dr. Behr. Go Cougars!” Gonzalez said to the Board.

The CBC Law Enforcement Program curriculum voluntarily conforms to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education curriculum to ensure that graduates have the skills and knowledge needed as an entry level law enforcement officer, trooper or agent. The program also offers specialized training to students who desire to attain a mastery level in a specific area in which there is a recognized industry need. For more information on CBC’s Law Enforcement Program, please contact Dr. Kevin Behr at (361) 354-2338.

CBC’s Annual Performance Review for the 2012-2013 academic year was presented to the Board. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the College awarded 805 degrees and certificates. This marks the fifth year in a row that CBC has seen an increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded to students. Furthermore, all CBC Radiologic Technology and CBC Dental Hygiene program graduates passed their respective licensing exams. CBC, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is also making great strides with students enrolled in developmental education courses—over 90-percent of students enrolled in developmental reading and English/writing courses were successful and passed to the next level. The CBC administration, faculty, and staff continue to research and implement new strategies and practices that will help improve student success.

The Board authorized for Lovvorn & Kieschnick, LLP to act as auditors for Coastal Bend College for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013. This marks the third fiscal year that the College has utilized Lovvorn & Kieschnick’s services.

During the President’s Report, Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza reported on the following:

· The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) focused report was mailed in early October. The SACSCOC site visit is scheduled for November 19-21.

· From October 2-5, Dr. Espinoza and several CBC trustees attended the 2013 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Congress in Seattle, WA. Gloria Rincon, secretary to the CBC Board of Trustees, was honored at the event with the ACCT Western Region Professional Staff Member Award.

· On November 6, Dr. Espinoza and Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) President, will sign formal articulation agreements between CBC and TAMUCC. The signing will take place at TAMUCC.

At Coastal Bend College your future begins here—and now. Let us help you advance your career and education. With so many programs, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Let us tell you how. Contact us for more information about the programs and courses offered at Coastal Bend College by calling 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266. Or you can visit us on the web at www.coastalbend.edu. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cbcfuture.

CBC Board of Trustees set 2013 effective tax rate

October 3, 2013

At the regular meeting of the CBC Board of Trustees on Thursday, September 19, the Board moved to approve the new effective tax rate of $0.17388. The new tax rate is estimated to bring in an additional $377,000 of revenue to the college.

Project OASIS received Board approval to purchase Vernier Software and Labquest Hand Held Interface Technology that will help enhance instructional delivery and student learning outcomes in science courses. The software will be primarily used in the general biology course (BIOL 1408), but the software will also be incorporated in other CBC science courses. Students at all four CBC locations are going to utilize the new software and technology, and the purchase is covered 100 percent by Project OASIS. 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.

The Board reviewed and approved the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Coastal Bend College Foundation and the College. The MOU must be reviewed annually per policy. The CBC Foundation’s new Executive Director, Patricia Patel, reported that over $250,000 had been raised during the last fiscal year. Patel and the CBC Foundation Board of Directors are developing a strategic plan that will assess the areas the CBC Foundation should focus on for maximum impact on student success. An internal giving campaign for CBC employees launched on September 6 at the college’s annual convocation, and employees pledged over $3,000 to help support student success initiatives. For more information on how you can help contribute to student success at CBC, please call (361) 354-2447 or email foundation@coastalbend.edu.

During the president’s report, Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza reported on the following:

· The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) focused report will be mailed on October 7. The SACSCOC site visit is scheduled for November 19-21.

· CBC has been named a 2014 Military Friendly School. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. For more information about veteran benefits, programs, and scholarships at Coastal Bend College, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/veteransaffairs or call Rosie Streicher, Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421.

· The CBC Oil & Gas Technology Program received a grant for $163,694 from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skill Development Fund. The funds are being utilized to purchase an oil and gas simulator that will give CBC students hands-on training and knowledge that they can put to use in the Eagle Ford Shale related industries. The simulator is expected to be purchased in time for students to use during the current academic year.

The CBC Radiologic Technology Program received notification from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) that the program was re-accredited for the next eight years. A re-accreditation of eight years is the longest timeframe that JRCERT awards to radiologic technology programs, which showcases the high quality of CBC’s Radiologic Technology Program and the achievements of its students. Timothy Skaife, CBC Radiologic Technology Program Director, stated that the program will have to provide an interim report in 2017. Since the program’s inception in 2007, the program has graduated 58 students. The program accepts applications for new students every spring. For more information, visit www.coastalbend.edu/radiology.

CBC’s Oil & Gas Technology Program presented information about graduation rates, industry wages, and employers. Since the program resumed operation in 2009, the program has awarded over 61 certificates and degrees to students. Currently there are 56 students enrolled in the program, with 10 of them being women. On average, graduates from the program who work in oil and gas extraction related occupations in the Beeville/Coastal Bend region are earning upwards of $1,900 per week. Companies that have hired CBC graduates are Marathon Oil, Pioneer Natural Resources, and ConocoPhillips, to name a few.

Options to offer oil and gas dual credit courses to high school students (grades 9-12) are currently in the works. Several local high schools have expressed interest in such a program, and the courses would lead to an Oil and Gas Skills Specialist Certificate. After high school graduation, the student could enroll at CBC for two additional classes and obtain their Oil & Gas Marketable Skills Level 1 Certificate. More details and information will be released at a later time.

Current oil and gas student Bob Forbeck-Owens moved from Tennessee to Texas because of CBC’s Oil & Gas Technology Program. Owens conducted research of programs all over the nation and decided on CBC. After graduation, Owens has his sights set on working for an oil and gas company.

“I researched the heck out of all the oil and gas programs in the nation, and this one looked the best to me. We get hands-on experience, and Mr. Coley (CBC Oil and Gas Professor) does an excellent job of teaching us what we need to know. I know I’ve made the right decision coming here, and my family is supportive of my decision,” Forbeck-Owens said.

CBC plans to open spring 2014 registration in November with a new rotating schedule format for most courses. The new rotating course schedule format will help students plan out their entire degree, and over 80 percent of CBC courses will adopt this new format. Students will know ahead of time exactly which semester a certain class will be offered, and CBC will guarantee that the courses they need to graduate on time will be available. Also, the CBC Course Catalog will be revamped into a fresh, student friendly format for the 2014-2015 year.

Emilia Dominguez, a CBC Trustee for over 15 years, submitted her resignation from the Board. The Board regretfully accepted her resignation at the September 19 regular meeting. Dominguez will continue serving as a trustee until a new trustee is appointed. Her term is set to expire May 2016.  Dominguez grew up in San Patricio County and graduated from Mathis High School. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and went on to earn certification to teach mathematics and Spanish at the secondary level. She received her master’s degree in science and guidance and mid-management certification from Corpus Christi State University. She is currently the principal at Skidmore-Tynan Elementary School. CBC thanks Dominguez for her service to the College and her commitment to higher education in the Coastal Bend.

At Coastal Bend College your future begins here—and now. Let us help you advance your career and education. With so many programs, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Let us tell you how. Contact us for more information about the programs and courses offered at Coastal Bend College by calling 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266. Or you can visit us on the web at www.coastalbend.edu. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cbcfuture.

Rincon honored by the Association of Community College Trustees

August 20, 2013

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Coastal Bend College is proud to announce that Gloria Rincon, secretary to the CBC Board of Trustees, has been awarded the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Western Region Professional Board Staff Member Award.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Western Region Professional Board Staff Member Award. It is an honor and a privilege to represent Coastal Bend College, the Board of Trustees, our service area and local community in acceptance of this prestigious award. I am here to serve our most valued customers—our students. They are our future leaders,” Rincon said.

Rincon grew up in Mineral, Texas in Bee County, and is a CBC alumnus. From 1976 to 1983, she worked for Bee County College, now Coastal Bend College, in various positions for administrative services, academic faculty, and the Office of the Vice President. In 1984, she became secretary to President Grady C. Hogue and has since served five additional college presidents, including current president Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, as their executive assistant. In addition to her executive assistant duties, Rincon has also served as secretary to the CBC Board of Trustees since 1984.

CBC Board Chairman Paul Jaure feels this award is long overdue and well deserved because of Rincon’s work ethic, professionalism, and loyalty to the college.

“Gloria is outstanding, and all of us are so proud of her for winning this award. Gloria ensures the Board follows our bylaws, rules, and procedures. During a trustee election a few years ago, myself and former CBC president Dr. Thomas Baynum wanted to be the first ones to go vote. We walk in, and Gloria told us we had to provide a driver’s license. I thought she was kidding because she obviously knew who we were. She told us, ‘Yes, I know who you are, but I still need to see your driver’s license’. So we had to go get our driver’s license. I think it shows her dedication to the college and its policies,” Jaure said.

She currently resides in Beeville, Texas with her husband of 43 years Ray Rincon whom she met at Bee County College, and they have three daughters and one grandson. Rincon plans on attending the 44th annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Seattle, Washington this October to accept her award. The CBC Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff congratulate Rincon on this huge honor.

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CBC’s quality enhancement plan focuses on student success

July 30, 2013

During the July 18 regular board meeting, the Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees learned about the CBC Smart Start Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that kicks off this summer with Cougar Days orientation.

“The QEP was developed after conducting student surveys and extensively reviewing student data. Our QEP is designed to raise the bar and raise expectations of CBC students and staff. It’s about packaging services to make the freshman experience at CBC better than ever. All of these things led us to developing the CBC Smart Start experience,” said Velma Elizalde, Vice President of Student and Administrative Services at CBC.

CBC Smart Start was designed to ensure all students at CBC have the tools, support, and knowledge they need in order to be successful. There are 4 main components to the CBC Smart Start QEP: a mandatory student orientation, a faculty advisor, a student success course, and direct communication/contact from CBC staff:

· All students will be required to attend an orientation session to learn about services and programs available at CBC. In addition to offering Cougar Days orientations during the summer, students will also have the opportunity to attend an orientation session during the first 2 weeks of courses at all CBC sites. An online orientation session is also available to students at www.coastalbend.edu/newstudentorientation. For more information about upcoming student orientation sessions, please contact the Student Development Office at the CBC location nearest you.

· Students will be assigned to a faculty advisor based on their declared major. The faculty advisors are members of the CBC faculty who will help students with everything from registering for courses to referring them for tutoring services, if needed. A faculty advisor will meet with their advisees at least 3 times per semester. Furthermore, CBC faculty are going to be providing quarterly grades to all their students via the Campus Connect student portal so students can always know their grades/progress in a course.

· A student success course, My Cougar Course (EDUC 1300), will launch in spring 2014 in an entirely new format. The course will feature several modules designed to teach students about degree and career planning, study skills, money management, and other life skills that will help them in and out of the classroom. My Cougar Course/EDUC 1300 transfers as an academic/core elective to most Texas colleges and universities.

· The last QEP component involves for all CBC faculty and staff to be ready to help students at all times. Customer service training, in addition to cross training various departments, will create a friendlier, more helpful environment where students know that every single CBC employee cares about their success and is available to help them.

CBC Smart Start builds on the college’s student success agenda by utilizing data to turn initiatives into practice. All 4 components together will work hand-in-hand to help increase student success, learning outcomes, retention, and completion rates at all CBC sites. For more information about the CBC Smart Start QEP, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/qep or contact Dr. Patti Candia at (361) 354-2276.

The CBC Radiology program was recently evaluated by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Training (JRCERT). The program was found to be compliant in all areas, and will now go to the committee for formal reaffirmation of continued accreditation. Since its inception, the CBC Radiology program has graduated 57 students.

“Graduates from the radiology program can essentially work anywhere in the nation since JRCERT is a national accreditation. Some of them do work here in the Coastal Bend area at hospitals and doctor’s offices. Radiology can take you anywhere,” said Radiology Program Director Timothy Skaife.

Applications for admission into the radiology program are taken during the spring, but various pre-requisites are required before a student is eligible to apply. For more information, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/radiology or contact Timothy Skaife at (361) 354-2302.

Combined Fee Revenue bonds to purchase a CBC Kingsville site and to refinance the CBC Pleasanton site bond were approved by the Board. These bonds can only be paid utilizing college revenue (tuition and fees), and cannot be paid for with taxpayers’ funds. The Board also approved a maintenance tax note for the CBC Beeville campus to utilize on deferred maintenance repairs and renovations to Joe Hunter Baseball Field. This bond will directly benefit the Bee County, and therefore is paid for with college tax revenue. Renovation plans for Joe Hunter Baseball Field will be developed later this fall in preparation for the new CBC National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) men’s division III baseball team. The bond and tax note are scheduled to be paid off in 10 years or less, and the payments are factored into the CBC annual budget.

Project OASIS received Board approval to purchase laboratory furnishings and equipment that will help enhance instructional delivery and student learning. The new furnishings and equipment will be part of the new Learning Commons area at the CBC Beeville campus inside the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building. 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.

Rose Skaife, the CBC Faculty Senate President for the 2013-2014 year, provided an update to the Board about the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate serves as the united, professional voice of the faculty in an organized and transparent way. There is faculty representation from all CBC sites, as well as representation from the workforce and academic divisions. The Faculty Senate meets at least 4 times a year, and their meetings are open to the public. For a list of Faculty Senate members, to learn about upcoming meetings, or to review minutes from previous meetings, please contact Rose Skaife at rskaife@coastalbend.edu.

At Coastal Bend College your future begins here—and now. Let us help you advance your career and education. With so many programs, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Let us tell you how by contacting us for more information about the programs and courses offered at Coastal Bend College by calling 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266. Or you can visit us on the web at www.coastalbend.edu, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBCFuture.

CBC Board of Trustees approves 2013-2014 budget

July 9, 2013

During the June 24 regular board meeting, the Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approved the 2013-2014 Annual Operating Budget of $25,135,901. Included in the budget is $ $1,514,394 to help rebuild the college’s reserves as mandated by the Board in the 2013-2014 college goals.

Division I women’s basketball and Division III men’s baseball are the new National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) sports the Board approved to implement in the 2013-2014 academic year. CBC athletes compete in the NJCAA Region 14 Conference, and tryouts will be held in July for both of the new sports. These new programs are anticipated to attract about 40-50 student athletes per year to the CBC Beeville campus. For more information on tryouts, game schedules, or becoming a CBC Athletics sponsor, please contact Estevan Vasquez, CBC Athletic Director, at (361) 354-2721 or jevasquez@coastalbend.edu.

Out-of-district dual credit students participating in ACE and TRiO summer programs at CBC will not have to pay the $48 registration fee thanks to Board approval. The Board approved the waiver to help support the CBC Dual Credit program and help students succeed.

The Board reviewed new policy from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) that advises on the College’s localized policy manual. Policy Update 28 focused on employee compensation and benefits, instruction, and a significant reorganization and revision of the student section. As an annual review practice of CBC, all policies were reviewed and some updated as appropriate.

All CBC sites will have a new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system this fall. The upgrade is needed as the current phone system is over 15 years old and has not kept up with the new technology available. Upgrading to the new VoIP system will also serve as a cost saving measure for CBC in maintenance and technology fees, while also providing a more modern, reliable, and efficient phone system. Approximately 70 of the new phones will have a video camera so that faculty and staff can meet with students at other CBC locations via video conference. The new video conference phones will be available at all CBC locations. This will also cut costs in travel and increase efficiencies in communication as the CBC service area covers 9 counties and 9,483 square miles.

The Board approved to move forward with exploring options to reinstate a five-day instructional week for the 2014-2015 academic year. CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza stated that this would allow students to have more options when building their schedule such as registering for courses that meet once, twice, or three times a week, in addition to also offering evening, weekend, and distance learning/Internet courses.

A five-day instructional week will help CBC faculty when they begin implementing a new rotating course schedule format which will help students plan out their entire degree at CBC. Students will know ahead of time exactly which semester a certain course will be offered, and CBC will guarantee that the courses they need to graduate on time will be available. The administration will research the advantages and disadvantages of this and present a full proposal to the Board by October 2013.

During the President’s Activities report, Dr. Espinoza provided updates on the following:

· The college has received the off-site reviewer’s report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and has begun working on the response/focus report due in October 2013. The SACSCOC team will visit the CBC sites November 19-21, 2013.

· Cougar Days, CBC’s freshman orientation, will be held at all CBC sites in July and August. The Cougar Days programming is being revamped to focus more on students interacting with faculty and staff in addition to learning skills that will help them succeed in-and-out of the classroom. All students who attend Cougar Days will receive a free t-shirt sponsored by the CBC Alumni & Friends Association and free lunch. To register for Cougar Days, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/cougardays or call (361) 354-2266.

The Coastal Bend College Child Development Center on the Beeville campus is currently accepting applications for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. The CBC Child Development Center is one of a few local daycare centers designated as a Texas Rising Star Provider for voluntarily going above the state standards in curriculum and instruction. For more information on how to enroll your child, please contact the CBC Child Development Center at (361) 358-0421.

At Coastal Bend College your future begins here—and now. Let us help you advance your career and education. With so many programs, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Let us tell you how. Contact us for more information about the programs and courses offered at Coastal Bend College by calling 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266. Or you can visit us on the web at www.coastalbend.edu. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cbcfuture.

CBC accepting applications for veteran’s scholarships

June 17, 2013

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Photo Cutline: Center, Ghazi Shahin, Vice President of Operations for the East Region for DCP Midstream presented the Coastal Bend College Foundation with a $50,000 donation as part of the Operation Next initiative. The funds will be used to provide scholarships for veterans interested in the oil and gas field. Local Beeville veterans Raul Meza, Rosendo Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Ray Rincon, John Salinas, Jesse Gonzales, Chano Cavasos, Jesse Garcia, and Armando Musquez were in attendance to show their support and gratitude of the Operation Next initiative at CBC.

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Photo Cutline: Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Jaure, left, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, right, accept a $50,000 donation from DCP Midstream’s Vice President of Operations for the East Region, Ghazi Shahin, center. CBC is the only college in Texas to receive these funds as part of the Operation Next initiative to help veterans obtain education in oil, gas, and petroleum related industries.

CBC accepting applications for veteran’s scholarships

The Coastal Bend College Foundation received a $50,000 donation to fund scholarships for veterans enrolling in CBC programs related to the oil, gas, and petroleum industries. The funds were donated by DCP Midstream, LLC as part of their Operation Next initiative.

“Operation Next is one way DCP can give back to veterans and the community. Veterans have discipline, structure, and technical skills. They have teamwork and leadership skills. But most importantly, veterans understand the importance of safety. This is why we recruit and help veterans. Safety is the most important thing in our line of work,” said Ghazi Shahin, DCP Midstream Vice President of Operations for the East Region.

Current CBC oil and gas student Mike Fahey is an army veteran and expressed how opportunities like these help veterans reach their academic and career goals. Fahey is getting ready to graduate from the oil and gas technology program at CBC in August 2013, and he feels this donation from DCP Midstream may inspire veterans to enroll in college.

“As an army vet, I was trying to think of what I could do for the rest of my life. Oil and gas was a good choice for me, and I have enjoyed my classes and instructor at CBC. Many young vets I know say they can’t afford college or have to work to save up to come to school. It leads to a ruthless cycle of working and putting school off, so these opportunities are huge for any veteran,” Fahey said.

Paul Jaure, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman and a veteran, echoed Fahey’s sentiments, “The $99 I received every month from the G.I. Bill gave me encouragement when I was fresh out of the military. It is my sincere hope that this generous donation from DCP Midstream will help encourage veterans to pursue their dreams. CBC is committed to helping them. We thank them for their sacrifice and service.”

Veterans who are planning on enrolling in CBC courses/programs related to the oil, gas, and petroleum industries in fall 2013 can apply for an Operation Next scholarship from now until August 9 by contacting Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421 or via email at rstreich@coastalbend.edu. Scholarships are available for college credit programs, continuing education courses, and CDL classes. The scholarship is open to veteran students at any CBC location (Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton), and can be used in conjunction with other aid programs.


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