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CBC radiology student wins social media contest sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists

September 15, 2014

Adam Mercer, a second year student in the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Radiologic Technology Program is one of the three grand prize winners of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) “Strike a Pose Contest”. The contest was held in honor of the upcoming National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW) which is celebrated from November 2 through November 8. The 2014 NRTW theme is “Many Views with One Vision”.


Mercer’s “Wheel of Fortune” inspired Instagram entry won him top honors in the “Best Represents NRTW Theme”, and he’ll be receiving a gift package, American Express gift card, and one year membership to the ASRT. His winning entry, along with the other category winners, will be featured in the October/November issue of ASRT Scanner, which is a bi-monthly radiologic industry publication.

For more information about the CBC Radiologic Technology Program, please contact CBC Radiology Program Director Timothy Skaife at (361) 354-2302 or via email at

Adam’s Winning Instagram Entry:

ASRT Announcement:

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

Coastal Bend College graduation to be held May 9

May 1, 2014

The Coastal Bend College graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 9. Two ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Coastal Bend College Beeville campus located at 3800 Charco Road. Both ceremonies will be inside the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). CBC graduates from the Beeville campus, and the Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton sites will take part in the annual commencement exercises.

The morning commencement at 10 a.m. will include graduates in the following programs: Airframe & Power Technology, Associate of Science, Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Drafting & Design, Early Development and Education, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and Oil and Gas Technology.

The afternoon commencement at 2 p.m. will include graduates in the following programs: Accounting, Associate of Arts, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Health Information Technology/Medical Records Coding, Machinist, Professional Business Technology, Nursing LVN, Nursing RN, Pharmacy Technician, Radiologic Technology and Welding Technology.

This year’s commencement address will be delivered by the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Kerry Keith Mix. Mix attained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Servicing from CBC in 2001. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, Texas. He then went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program with a Doctorate in Educational Administration. Since 2011, Mix has served as the Dean of Enrollment Services for San Jacinto College’s (SJC) South Campus located in Houston, Texas.

"What started at CBC truly transformed my life. Each degree challenged me to move forward. I often credit much of my success for the foundation I received at CBC," Mix said.

Hill Country Brass will provide music for the graduation processional and throughout the program Students’ family and friends, as well as community members, are invited to attend commencement. A free dessert reception sponsored by the CBC Foundation will be held for graduates and their guests after each commencement ceremony. More information about the commencement ceremonies may be found online at

To view the full list of graduates, please visit

CBC financial aid priority deadline is May 1

April 22, 2014

Students planning to enroll at Coastal Bend College (CBC) during the 2014-2015 academic year should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by CBC’s priority deadline of May 1, 2014. Submitting the FAFSA early can potentially increase the number of grant dollars awarded to a student since many state and federal grants are awarded based on the student’s application submission date.

“The CBC Financial Aid Office will definitely continue processing and awarding financial aid after the May 1 deadline, but applying early really helps reduce students’ stress by allowing them to know how much aid they’ve received for college. Plus, the financial aid processing times in May are a lot shorter than they are in July and August, so it truly is best to submit the FAFSA soon,” said Nora Morales, Director of Financial Aid at CBC.

Applicants who need assistance submitting the FAFSA can visit any CBC location for help, or the applicant may call the CBC Financial Aid Office at (361) 354-2238. The FAFSA application can be done online at To ensure the application reaches CBC in a timely manner, applicants should use CBC’s federal school code of 003546. Once the application is submitted, the applicant will receive paperwork in the mail on behalf of both the Department of Education and the college.

“Once the student receives their financial aid packet from CBC, they simply need to fill it out and provide the information requested to our office. They can mail the packet back in or simply drop it off at any CBC site. I encourage everyone to apply even if they think they’re not eligible. With so many grants available, you just never know. We want to help everyone finance their college education, and applying for financial aid is the first step,” Morales added.

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.


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