CBC Street Team: Meet Miranda

We’re halfway through our CBC Street Team member introductions, and today you get to meet Miranda! Hailing from San Antonio, TX, she’s quickly acclimated herself to CBC and Beeville. Miranda loves photography, supporting fellow student groups and organizations, and like Jasmine, she’s a tutor as well. We’re always thrilled to have such awesome students like Miranda at our college.

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Hi, I’m Miranda! I’m currently a sophomore and science major at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Born and raised in San Antonio, I chose to attend CBC simply for the amazing instructors and great education. Although I love the school environment of this campus, I am also trying to become a known face of this school. I am also proud to be an official CBC Ambassador, part of the STEM club, a well-known algebra tutor, part of the supplemental instruction program in the Science Learning Commons, and now part of the CBC Street Team.

Most people ask me what brings me to the city of Beeville. I first came here to play softball, but then I decided that I wanted to focus more on school because I am determined to get into the medical field as a Pharmacist. I could have went back to San Antonio and been just another seat in an auditorium, but I wanted to be involved, and the education here at CBC is fantastic.

At CBC, I don’t feel like I’m just going through the motions of school, but I’m actually learning the material and remembering it outside of school. Not only is the course material really in-depth, immersive, and thorough, but the instructors make it very easy to pay attention. Anatomy and Physiology is one of the classes that I have been putting all of my time into this semester. Ms. Gifford, my teacher makes it really easy to learn the material in this class, and she’s super awesome and nice.

What I look forward to the most about being a part of the CBC Street Team is to brush up on my journalism skills and letting more people know about the events and people that make CBC awesome. I’m excited to be working with such great people.

CBC Street Team: Meet Brianna

Coastal Bend College is proud to announce the four students who were selected to be part of the CBC Street Team! The team is structured as a social media/marketing internship where the students will learn about creating quality, engaging content and the ins-and-outs of using various social media platforms. We’re excited to introduce you to Brianna today…take it away, Brianna!

Brianna01Hello! My name is Brianna, and I am super excited to be a part of the Coastal Bend College (CBC) 2014-2015 Street Team! I was a little surprised that I got picked because I am a freshman while the others are sophomores, and I applied saying I wasn’t going to get it but here I am…and I’m so happy that I was chosen!

I guess now would be a great time for me to tell y’all folks a little bit about myself. I moved to Beeville my junior year of high school and attended A.C. Jones High School and graduated from there. I made a lot of friends and had a great experience, but as high school was ending I was  confused on what to do next. I decided to attend CBC while I figure out the next chapter of my life. I plan on majoring in Speech Therapy and would like to transfer to either the University of Texas at Austin or University of Houston.

What I like about CBC is that the main campus is located where I live. I still get to see my family every day and have my mom’s home cooked meals. Also there is assistance for whenever I need help with something. There are tutors to help when I am having problems with school work. The student development advisors are always nice and willing to help you anytime and day of the school week. Every problem that I ever encountered was always fixed within a day or two here at CBC, and that’s really important for a full-time college student that does not want any added stress to their schedule.

What I plan on learning from this internship is ways to improve my communication and journalism skills. Journalism has always been a passion of mine and I was little bummed when I graduated high school knowing that I wouldn’t be able to do it anymore. I’m glad this opportunity popped up in my life, and I plan on having a lot of fun with it. It’s great being with other students who have the same interests as me and I can’t wait to start this incredible internship and plan on making it a great experience!

CBC wins award for social marketing campaign

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Coastal Bend College is excited to announce that its Marketing & Public Relations Office was awarded a silver Medallion Award in social marketing by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), District 4, which includes community colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The award was presented at the NCMPR District 4 Conference in Oklahoma City on September 30.

The award winning social marketing (Facebook) campaign was for the college’s first ever Maymester held in May 2014. The campaign, which cost only $212.75, helped raise awareness of the course offerings and benefits of taking Maymester courses. Over 140 students enrolled in the Maymester, and the Facebook ad campaign garnered over 27,000 impressions during the 22 day campaign.

“This award is particularly exciting for the college because it shows we are progressive and innovative when it comes to our marketing and advertising strategies. CBC loves to connect with our students and communities via social media, and we look forward to implementing more social marketing campaigns to spread the word about the great things happening here,” said Monica Cruz, director of marketing and public relations.

Upward Bound recruiting students for academic year

Upward Bound is recruiting for the 2014-2015 school year.  Located at Coastal Bend College (CBC) in Beeville as part of TRiO outreach services, Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparatory program that affords high school students the chance to participate in numerous educational activities and field trips, take dual credit classes, and receive the tutoring assistance they may need to succeed academically.  Testing will be held October 11 at 9:00 am at CBC.

The program meets on Saturdays throughout the school year for instructional days, educational outings, and community service opportunities.  Past trips have included Broadway productions and beach cleanup days at the National Seashore.  Instructional days at CBC include tutoring, as well as a specifically designed courses geared to promote academic success in both high school and college.  Academic advisors also visit students at their respective schools to offer one-on-one guidance. 

During the summer, students participate in a six-week long stay at the dorms, which provides them with a taste of college life and the chance to excel at college credit courses.  The summer closes with an exciting end of year trip, featuring visits to museums and art galleries.

As part of a federally funded grant, participation in UB is at no cost to the student or their families.  Students must meet the following eligibility requirements: must be low-income and/or potential first-generation college student, be at least 13 years old, and be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.

Students attending public school in Beeville, Mathis, Pettus, or Skidmore-Tynan may apply for UB.  UB’s sister program, GOST, services the George West, Odem, Sinton, and Taft schools. 

For more information on applying to Upward Bound, please call 361-354-2715 or visit http://coastalbend.edu/ub.

CBC TRiO students attend annual leadership conference

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CBC’s TRiO programs took 12 students to the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs’ (TASSSP) 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference held this past summer: (Back Row, L to R) Demetrio Barrera Jr. of Karnes City, Clarissa Ibarra of Beeville, Matthew Contreras of Beeville, Upward Bound Academic Advisor Amanda Ramirez, Oscar Castillo of Odem, Devin Mendoza of Mathis, Alyssa Kelley of George West (Front Row, L to R) Marivel Moreno of Beeville, Cayla Cook of George West, Marivel Posada of Beeville, Heaven Rodriguez of Beeville, and Esmeralda Tapia of Beeville.

What defines a leader? TRiO students from Coastal Bend College were asked just that while attending the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs’ (TASSSP) 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference held this past summer. Eleven students from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX to participate in the event geared to promote leadership qualities and develop communication skills.

The conference featured team building activities and inspirational keynote speakers, as well as informative sessions on scholarship essay writing. Following the presentation, students vied for one of 78 scholarships the conference offered by writing their own essays. Demetrio Barrera Jr. of Karnes City, Oscar Castillo of Odem, Cayla Cook of George West, Alyssa Kelley of George West, Clarissa Ibarra of Beeville, and Heaven Rodriguez of Beeville each won $100 scholarships to be used at the institution of their choice.

The conference also hosted a college fair, which featured various institutions across the state, including Baylor, Texas Tech, and Texas State Universities. Advisors were on hand to offer information regarding specific degree plans and transfer guidelines.

Additionally, students experienced a brief taste of college life while staying in the dorms and dining at the campus cafeteria. In honor of the TRiO program’s 50th anniversary, students ended the conference with a 60’s themed dance, honoring the decade in which TRiO was founded.

All of the TRIO Programs are federally funded under the direction of the Department of Education. For more information please contact the CBC TRiO Office at (361) 354-2706.