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CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic offers low cost preventative dental care to Beeville and surrounding areas

September 22, 2014


Photo Cutline: CBC dental hygiene students offer their services to the general public through CBC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. All services are $10 or less and are conducted under the supervision of trained faculty and staff. The clinic is now accepting appointments for the fall 2014 semester. Please call (361) 354-2555 to schedule your appointment.

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Dental Hygiene Program invites the community to take advantage of the low cost dental care services available at the college. The CBC Dental Hygiene clinic offers reduced priced services to help increase public awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Dental hygienists are available to see patients on Mondays and Wednesdays for preventative dental care.

Services available include teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, dental x-rays, site – specific antimicrobial placement and pit/fissure sealants placement.

“Utilizing the CBC Dental Hygiene Clinic can save individuals hundreds of dollars. The students and program faculty are proud to offer high quality preventative services that put affordable dental care within everyone’s reach. We also conduct outreach programs at various elementary schools because all of us in the dental hygiene division feel strongly about giving back to the community. Our program is going strong, and the students are off to a fantastic start this semester,” said CBC Dental Hygiene Program Director Connie Griffin.

Appointments can be made in the following time slots:

· Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

· Fees: $10 for the general public, $5 for students with a current student ID, and free for all senior citizens over 65, CBC faculty and staff, and military (both active and retired). Multiple appointments and x-rays and/or sealants are available at no additional charge to all patients.

To make an appointment, call the dental clinic at (361) 354-2555. The dental clinic is located at the CBC Beeville campus on 3800 Charco Road.

CBC, Angel Care EMS partner together to offer EMT Basic Course class this fall

September 12, 2014


Photo Cutline: Angel Care EMS and CBC nursing students work together during a mock training session held in March 2014 at the CBC Beeville campus. Angel Care EMS is partnering with CBC once again to offer an EMT Basic Course this fall.

Beeville, TX— Coastal Bend College (CBC) and Angel Care Emergency Medical Service (EMS) are partnering together to offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course this fall. In the Coastal Bend region, EMT’s earn about $33,450 annually, which is the equivalent of earning about $16 per hour according to 2013 data available from the United States Department of Labor. Furthermore, the EMT occupation is expected to grow 22% by the year 2022 due to the increased demand for healthcare support professionals in this area.

The EMT Basic Course will begin on October 14, 2014 and end on February 26, 2015. Classes are held primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with occasional Saturday classes. Students in the EMT Basic Course will participate in 240 hours of course instruction, 24 clinical hours at a hospital, and 24 hours of observation time in an ambulance with Angel Care EMS.

“This partnership is wonderful for Beeville and the surrounding areas because we’re helping provide workforce training options that lead to well-paying careers in high demand occupations. The course is designed to be a hands-on, immersive learning experience. After the student finishes the four-month course, they can embark on a rewarding career that can help save lives,” said Susie Gaitan, CBC Allied Health Coordinator.

The course costs $800 and will be taught by Jennifer Baron and Gabriel Aleman from Angel Care EMS. Prospective students may enroll now by contacting Susie Gaitan at (361) 354-2549 or via email at The course is limited to 20 students, and veterans may utilize Hazlewood benefits to enroll in the course. Veterans seeking more information about utilizing their benefits should contact Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421 or via email at

CBC announces new Accelerated Learning Academy

August 21, 2014

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) latest addition to its vast course offerings is its new Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA). The ALA aims to increase the number of courses offered during non-traditional class times such as weekends and evenings. Furthermore, Wintermester and Maymester courses, offered in December and May respectively, can help students complete a course in between traditional 16-week college and university semesters.

The ALA courses are offered at an accelerated pace—students can complete courses in as few as four, eight, or 10 weeks. Courses are presented in a hybrid format that includes participating in both face-to-face and online (Internet) instruction.

ALA Coordinator Laura Yeck is excited about how these course offerings are helping increase access to higher education for students at CBC’s Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton locations.

“CBC realizes that there is a demand for courses to be offered outside of the usual 8-5 p.m., 16-week course structure. ALA students still have access to the myriad of free student support services offered at the college such as free tutoring, a dedicated faculty advisor, and career development resources. Overall, we hope the ALA helps increase graduation rates and student success.”

ALA courses are financial aid eligible to those who qualify, and courses are offered year round with rolling admission.

“With the new ALA, students don’t have to wait for the next long semester to start a class. We offer courses starting every 6-8 weeks and students can register up until the first class day,” Yeck said.

The ALA is part of the Project OASIS grant at CBC. 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. For more information about the ALA, contact Laura Yeck at (361) 354-2570 or via email at Registration for traditional fall classes is happening from now until August 29.

CBC brings Freedom Writer to Beeville campus to inspire faculty and staff

July 30, 2014


Photo Cutline: Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 acclaimed Hollywood movie, Freedom Writers, will be on the CBC Beeville campus on Friday, August 8 to speak to faculty and staff.

CBC brings Freedom Writer to Beeville campus to inspire faculty and staff

Coastal Bend College (CBC) faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend a professional development session with Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer, on Friday, August 8 at the Leadership Symposium taking place on the CBC Beeville campus.

An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie Freedom Writers starring Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank and Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey, Scott has energized over a million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. Speaking to over 125 groups a year for the past decade, he is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, schools, fundraisers, and banquets.

The author of Dream Now: How to Take Hold of The Live You’ve Always Dreamed About, Scott’s unique message is one that has inspired, educated, and empowered almost a million people, helping them make the most of their lives.

At the age of fourteen, Manuel dropped out of school, and his English grammar was so poor that he was classified as an English as a Second Language student (ESL). By the age of 16, he had already lived in 26 different places. At an early age, he began using drugs and alcohol.

He says, "When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me."

However, due to an amazing transformation, Scott has defied all the odds stacked against him.

"I was once dismissed as ‘unreachable’ and ‘unteachable,’ says Scott, "but something special happened, and I love sharing that message with others."

The high school drop-out now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is currently working on his Ph.D.

Scott’s appearance at CBC is made possible by the Title V Celebrando Educación grant. The grant’s goal is to improve retention and completion rates and increase enrollment in technical and/or professional occupational fields of study at CBC.

“The purpose of the Leadership Symposium is to learn, lead, and inspire. This symposium will provide information for dual enrollment adjunct instructors and staff that will enhance CBC’s current student success initiatives. We strive to ensure that each student has the same access and opportunity to succeed at CBC. Manny Scott will provide new perspectives in working with students by shedding light on the various challenges that today’s teens face as they navigate their way through college,” said Santos Jones, CBC Title V Cooperative Coordinator.

All CBC faculty and staff who attend the Leadership Symposium will earn professional development hours. In addition to Scott’s motivational speech, participants will also receive information about Campus Connect, Blackboard, and student retention best practices/strategies.

“I do not speak to impress people,” Scott explains, “but to impress upon them some invaluable lessons that could literally change the quality of their lives forever. When I speak, I try to make sure audiences are crystal clear about how to ‘turn the page’—to transform their lives. Whether I’m in Houston or Hong Kong, Kansas City or Cairo, Los Angeles or London, I carry a torch light of inspiration into the recesses of dormant potential, and show the gems that are sparkling there.”

For more information about attending the Leadership Symposium featuring Manny Scott, contact Santos Jones at (361) 354-2426 or faculty/staff can register online at

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, or contact Monica Cruz, CBC Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at

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

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 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

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

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.

CBC Nursing Program announces 2014 TEAS test dates

January 17, 2014

The Coastal Bend College Nursing Education Department proudly offers education and training programs that lead to careers as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and/or a registered nurse (RN). Persons interested in applying for the fall 2014 nursing class at Coastal Bend College are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The test is $40 and can be taken at any CBC location in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton. Test dates by location follow below.

The CBC Beeville campus located at 3800 Charco Road will hold TEAS testing on the following dates from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in room 101/106 inside the Dan A. Hughes Petroleum Technology Building. Interested applicants should contact Mary Reyes at 361-354-2768 or via email at :

· January 24, 2014

· January 25, 2014

· February 1, 2014

· February 7, 2014

· February 8, 2014

· March 1, 2014

· March 7, 2014

· March 8, 2014

The CBC Alice site located at 704 Coyote Trail will hold TEAS testing on the following dates from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in room 130. Interested applicants should contact Janie Resendez at 361-664-2981 ext. 3031 or via email at for more information:

· January 22, 2014

· January 24, 2014

· January 29, 2014

· January 31, 2014

· February 5, 2014

· February 7, 2014

· March 5, 2014

· March 7, 2014

· March 19, 2014

· March 21, 2014

The CBC Kingsville site located at 1814 S. Brahma Boulevard will hold TEAS testing on the following dates from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in room 115/117. Interested applicants should contact Jamie Bowers at 361-592-1615 ext. 4095 or via email at for more information:

· January 24, 2014

· January 31, 2014

· February 7, 2014

· February 14, 2014

· February 21, 2014

· February 28, 2014

The CBC Pleasanton site located at 1411 Bensdale Road will hold TEAS testing on the following dates from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Interested applicants should contact Deborah Norment at 830-569-4222 ext. 1232 or via email at for more information:

· January 27, 2014

· February 5, 2014

· February 8, 2014

· February 10, 2014

· February 24, 2014

· February 28, 2014

· March 3, 2014

· March 5, 2014

· March 17, 2014

· March 21, 2014

More information about the program and application process can be found online at or by calling 361-354-2768.


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