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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

You’re Invited: Science Learning Commons Open House

March 17, 2014

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 or by calling 361-354-2581.


· 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 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 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

CBC announces evening registration dates

December 6, 2013


Course registration for the spring 2014 semester at Coastal Bend College is open from now through January 10, 2014.

Students may register online at through Campus Connect or in person at CBC’s locations in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, or Pleasanton. Spring classes begin Monday, January 13, 2014, but students are encouraged to register as soon as possible because some classes fill quickly.

For more information about registering for classes at CBC, visit or contact the Student Development Office at any CBC location:

· Beeville: Sandie Walsh,, (361) 354-2266

· Alice: Dee Berthold,, (361) 664-2981 ext. 3081

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

· Pleasanton: Brittney Kroll,, (830) 569-4222 ext. 1225

In addition to offering assistance with registration during normal business hours, all CBC sites will be open until 7 p.m. for extended/evening registration on December 10, 11, and 16. CBC staff will be on hand to assist with the admissions application, financial aid, advising/registration, and tuition and fees payments. The payment deadline for the spring 2014 semester is January 3, and there are payment plans available.

Due to mandates required by Texas Senate Bill 62, all new incoming students who are 21 years of age or younger will need to show proof of a meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes. Students will not be able to register until proof is presented of vaccination or of a booster during the five-year period prior to enrollment.

There are other exemptions including enrolling in only online classes, age (over 22), medical issues and/or reasons of conscience (including religious reasons). More information, and the exemption form, may be found online at For more information on bacterial meningitis, please call (361) 354-2245.

CBC student to appear in Seventeen magazine thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

November 21, 2013


Photo Credit: Studio D

Coastal Bend College Pleasanton student Adahmm Quiroga isn’t dwelling on not getting her first choice wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“My first choice was meeting Jacob (Taylor Lautner) from the Twilight movies, but when they told me I’d likely only get to hang out with him for an hour, I said never mind. An hour isn’t very long, you know!” Quiroga said as she giggled.

So, she moved onto her second choice—modeling for a major fashion magazine. The Make-A-Wish Foundation along with GLAM4GOOD whisked Quiroga and her family away to the Big Apple for four days, and they got to visit sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. But the highlight of the trip was definitely the day long photo shoot for Seventeen magazine’s upcoming prom issue. Quiroga said she got to try on designer dresses that have also been seen on actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Longoria. The experience was truly a dream come true for a girl from a small town.

“Being a model was exhausting, but it was so fun. We didn’t finish until 7 p.m. My hair and makeup were done by people who do that sort of stuff on celebrities. I felt like a celebrity though because of all the clothes and shoes. I got to bring a lot of dresses and jewelry back home to Poteet with me, and my little brother was amazed by the huge toy store in Times Square.”

While being a model in New York City for a day was definitely fun for 18-year-old Quiroga, she would also like to fulfill another wish of hers. For this wish, she has the encouragement and support from the entire CBC family.

“I want to be an LVN (licensed vocational nurse). All of my high school teachers recommended that I go to CBC because of the small classes and great programs. Karen Tanguma is my reading and writing teacher, and she’s so helpful and supportive. If I am not feeling well, she always understands. I have enjoyed my first semester at CBC, and I’ll be continuing my studies in spring 2014,” Quiroga said.

Although Quiroga suffers from Lupus and renal failure, nothing is slowing this bright young woman down. She recently interviewed to be part of the 2014 Miss Teen San Antonio pageant, and she hopes to be able to compete for the crown next year. To view photos from her photo shoot for Seventeen magazine, please visit, and you can also look for Quiroga on the newsstands in the Seventeen magazine prom issue slated for release in early 2014.

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.”

Coastal Bend College Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation

September 13, 2013


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, 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 or call (361) 354-2421.

CBC extends hours for fall registration

August 20, 2013

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 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 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 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, on Facebook at, or on Twitter at


Cougar Days 2013 Orientation

July 16, 2013


Photo Cutline: Coastal Bend College invites new and prospective students to sign up for Cougar Days orientation. The orientations will be held at all CBC locations, and students can register for free at All attendees will receive a free lunch and a t-shirt.

Cougar Days 2013 Orientation

New and prospective Coastal Bend College students are invited to attend the 2013 Cougar Days orientation at any of our CBC locations—Beeville, Alice, Kingsville or Pleasanton. Students are free to attend whichever Cougar Days location is most convenient regardless of where the student will attend classes in the fall. The Cougar Days orientation offers helpful information about courses, programs, and services available to students at each CBC site. Cougar Days also allows students to meet advisors, faculty, and other CBC staff that are there to help them succeed. After attending Cougar Days, a student will leave with the tools, knowledge, and support they need in order to have a successful school year.

Parents are encouraged to attend Cougar Days to be able to talk with faculty, financial aid advisors, student development specialists, and business office staff to ensure that their student is prepared for college.

Registration for Cougar Days 2013 is available online at and is completely free to all attendees. Students are allowed to bring a guest, and a free lunch will be provided. Students who register for Cougar Days online will also receive a free Cougar Days t-shirt sponsored by the CBC Alumni & Friends Association.

          Alice                     July 23                 

          Beeville                July 25                 

          Kingsville             July 30                 

          Pleasanton          August 1            

To be eligible to register for fall 2013 classes on Cougar Days, students must bring:

1. Proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination;

2. Social Security Number;

3. THEA, Compass or Accuplacer scores or evidence of exemptions (ACT, SAT, TAKS, etc.);

4. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended before entering CBC (high school or college);

5. License plate number for obtaining parking permit; and

6. TDCJ ID, if you are employed at the McConnell or Garza units and reside in Bee County.

Cougar Days at all campuses begins with registration at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. All students are required to attend a Coastal Bend College orientation. If you cannot attend one of the Cougar Days orientations, please visit the Student Development Office at any CBC site to learn about upcoming orientation dates in August and September. For more information about Cougar Days, please visit your nearest CBC location or call:

· Beeville students: Sandra Walsh, (361) 354-2266

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

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

· Pleasanton students: 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. 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 You can also find us on Facebook at and Twitter at


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