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

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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 http://www.coastalbend.edu/LeadershipSym/.

You’re Invited: Science Learning Commons Open House

Coastal Bend College’s Project OASIS invites community members to the Science Learning Commons Open House on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building in room 131. 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.

Since 2012, the grant has completely renovated several classrooms and laboratories in the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building. The new lab  features state of the art equipment such as smart boards, video microscopes, and brand new learning islands that are designed to facilitate group learning. In addition to having new equipment, students also have access to science case managers and supplemental instructors outside the classroom. The science case managers and supplemental instructors are available at no cost to students who need further assistance or tutoring in their courses.

The most recent addition this academic year is the Science Learning Commons where students can meet with their classmates to hold study groups or obtain supplemental instruction and tutoring. The Science Learning Commons features a Smart Board and other innovative technology that helps bring STEM related concepts to life. All these tools, services, and renovations are designed to improve student success rates in challenging courses such as math and science.

During the open house, visitors will be able to visit the Science Learning Commons, plus CBC faculty and supplemental instructors will have videos and demonstrations showcasing the new technology. There will be free refreshments available for all attendees. For more information, please contact Amy Gonzales, Project OASIS Assistant Director, at gonzalesa@coastalbend.edu or by calling 361-354-2581.

Details:

· Project OASIS Science Learning Commons Open House

· Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

· CBC Beeville Campus, Latcham Building, Room 131

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.

Coastal Bend College Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation

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Victory Media, the media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Coastal Bend College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. 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.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Coastal Bend College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” 

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

“Coastal Bend College offers so many high quality workforce programs and college courses that are available to servicemen and women. We can help them take that next step in their life by helping to further their education and reach their goals. I am honored CBC has been deemed ‘Military Friendly’ because we are here to truly serve our veterans/dependents and service members,” said Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 

For more information about veteran benefits, programs, and scholarships at Coastal Bend College, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/veteransaffairs or call (361) 354-2421.

CBC extends hours for fall registration

Coastal Bend College will be open extended hours at all CBC locations from August 21, 2013 through August 30, 2013 to better serve students and the general public with fall registration. The CBC Beeville campus will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and the CBC Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

During these extended business hours, prospective students will have access to many of the same services and assistance offered during CBC’s normal business hours. Student services staff from advising, counseling, admissions, and financial aid will help guide students every step of the way from applying to CBC to registering for classes. In addition to student services staff, representatives from the CBC Business Office will be on hand to help facilitate tuition payment plans.

To view a full listing of the course offerings by location, please visit http://sis.coastalbend.edu or visit any CBC location to learn more. Many courses and programs are still open this fall to anyone wanting to begin a new education or career path. CBC offers courses in a variety of formats to help meet students’ needs: face-to-face, online/Internet, distance learning, and hybrid. Weekend College is now available at all CBC locations this fall. Enrolling in Weekend College allows students the ability to earn their Associate of Arts or Science degree while only attending courses every-other-weekend. For more information about Weekend College, contact Danny Garcia at (361) 354-2570.

Federal aid and grants are also available to those who qualify. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid online at www.fafsa.gov. Students should use CBC’s school code of 003546 to ensure their financial aid application is received by the CBC Financial Aid Office. Students should also have a completed admissions application on file. The free admissions application can be completed online at www.coastalbend.edu/applynow. Individuals who need assistance with submitting their financial aid or admissions application are encouraged to visit any CBC location for one-on-one assistance.

For more information on registering for classes, please contact the Student Development Office at your nearest CBC location:

• Beeville: Sandra Walsh, (361) 354-2266

• Alice: Dee Berthold, (361) 664-2981 ext. 3025

• Kingsville: Amanda Barrera, (361) 592-1615 ext. 4077

• Pleasanton: Katie Sherman, (830) 569-4222 ext. 1203

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.

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