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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.

2014 CBC Wildlife Calendar available now

January 3, 2014

Coastal Bend College is proud to announce the arrival of the 2014 Coastal Bend College Wildlife Calendar. The 2014 CBC Wildlife Calendar features over 40 stunning photographs showcasing South Texas birds, animals, vegetation and flowers that are native to the area.

The calendar would not be possible without the work of the following local photographers: Cissy Beasley, John C. Breidenbach, Armando Musquez, Sylvia Garcia-Smith, Sara Schirmer, and John West of Beeville; Erynn Studlar, Bobbie Waldron, and Janice Webb of George West; Connie Black of Mathis; George Gilchrist of Papalote; and Steve Kotzur of Pettus.

Free copies of the wildlife calendar are available at all Coastal Bend College locations, Alice Chamber of Commerce, Beeville Chamber of Commerce, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Hogue’s Jewelry (Beeville), and the Wicker Basket (Beeville) while supplies last.

Any questions or inquiries about the wildlife calendar can be directed to Monica Cruz, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations for Coastal Bend College at (361) 354-2258 or via email at


CBC’s Weekend College launches a flexible, new format for 2014

December 6, 2013


Beginning in spring 2014, students will be able to enroll in CBC’s Weekend College at all CBC locations via distance learning. Weekend College is offering the following courses during the spring 2014 semester: PSYC 2301, SPCH 1311, ENGL 2323, HIST 1302, GOVT 2305, and KINE 1238 at all sites. Additionally, Weekend College is proud to offer allied health students the BIOL 2420 course on the Beeville and Alice sites.

“Weekend College focuses on providing the entire Coastal Bend College service area with high quality education that fits into their schedule. Our new distance learning course delivery model gives students more choices, more flexibility, and more opportunities to graduate with their degree and help provide for themselves and their families,” said Weekend College Coordinator Danny Garcia.

Most Weekend College courses meet on Fridays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., every-other-weekend. A course will meet four times, and then the student will have completed the course and can move onto the next one. Weekend College courses may be delivered in a combination of formats such as face-to-face, hybrid, online, and distance learning. The course instructor/professor will deliver the course from various CBC sites so that students all have a chance for face-to-face interaction with their course instructor/professor.

“Higher education is an investment in one’s future, and CBC Weekend College’s low tuition and financial aid options make it affordable for everyone. Our goal is to help students reach their full potential, and we hope this new Weekend College format helps working families, single parents, and shift workers fit college courses into their schedule,” Garcia added.

Registration for Weekend College is on-going due to the flexible schedule of the courses, so students can enter into the program at nearly anytime. Students who wish to obtain more information about Weekend College can visit the Student Development Office at any CBC location or they can contact Danny Garcia at (361) 354-2570 or via email at More information about tuition, fees, and financial aid is also available online, 24/7 at

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

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.

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Agreement Between Island University and Coastal Bend College Makes Transferring Easier for Students

November 7, 2013


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend College (CBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a joint admissions, transfer, and enrollment program between the two schools during a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 6, on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus.  

The program will provide a more seamless transition for students by allowing them to transfer from one institution to the other, alternate enrollment between institutions, or enroll concurrently at both schools.

“We’re excited to partner with Coastal Bend College to facilitate access to higher education in the Coastal Bend community,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  “Through these types of partnerships, our many online programs, and our flexible semester structures, we’re ensuring that students with all types of schedules and circumstances have the ability to get a degree.”

Students entering the program must choose and declare enrollment as a degree-seeking student at either CBC or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and follow the core curriculum requirements of that institution. A reverse transfer program allows students who transferred to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi prior to the completion of an associate degree to transfer A&M-Corpus Christi course work to CBC towards an associate degree.

“These are the type of higher education partnerships that increase success for students; when we work together we can offer more program options and services to students with diverse career interests,” said Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, President of Coastal Bend College. “By joining with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, we are building a stronger economy and cadre of professionals to support the Coastal Bend community.”


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