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.

CBC adds 12 college and career pathways for students

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.