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CBC, Angel Care EMS partner together to offer EMT Basic Course class this fall

September 12, 2014


Photo Cutline: Angel Care EMS and CBC nursing students work together during a mock training session held in March 2014 at the CBC Beeville campus. Angel Care EMS is partnering with CBC once again to offer an EMT Basic Course this fall.

Beeville, TX— Coastal Bend College (CBC) and Angel Care Emergency Medical Service (EMS) are partnering together to offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course this fall. In the Coastal Bend region, EMT’s earn about $33,450 annually, which is the equivalent of earning about $16 per hour according to 2013 data available from the United States Department of Labor. Furthermore, the EMT occupation is expected to grow 22% by the year 2022 due to the increased demand for healthcare support professionals in this area.

The EMT Basic Course will begin on October 14, 2014 and end on February 26, 2015. Classes are held primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with occasional Saturday classes. Students in the EMT Basic Course will participate in 240 hours of course instruction, 24 clinical hours at a hospital, and 24 hours of observation time in an ambulance with Angel Care EMS.

“This partnership is wonderful for Beeville and the surrounding areas because we’re helping provide workforce training options that lead to well-paying careers in high demand occupations. The course is designed to be a hands-on, immersive learning experience. After the student finishes the four-month course, they can embark on a rewarding career that can help save lives,” said Susie Gaitan, CBC Allied Health Coordinator.

The course costs $800 and will be taught by Jennifer Baron and Gabriel Aleman from Angel Care EMS. Prospective students may enroll now by contacting Susie Gaitan at (361) 354-2549 or via email at The course is limited to 20 students, and veterans may utilize Hazlewood benefits to enroll in the course. Veterans seeking more information about utilizing their benefits should contact Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421 or via email at

CBC to host a free Veterans Fair on November 14

November 4, 2013

BEEVILLE, TX—Coastal Bend College invites all veterans to attend the Veterans Fair being held at the Beeville campus on 3800 Charco Road inside the James R. Dougherty Student Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Free lunch will be provided for all veterans.

During the Veteran’s Fair, representatives from over local community agencies and businesses will be on hand to speak to veterans about employment opportunities, services, and benefits they may qualify for. Also present will be CBC staff from the Student Development Office, admissions, financial aid, Weekend College, and other CBC programs to help guide veterans through the college admissions process.

“CBC provides many services to help veterans reach their educational and career goals. We’re here to serve them, and we’re eager to help them get started here at CBC. We’ll help them every step of the way,” Streicher added.

Veterans, their families, and the general public are also encouraged to stop by the San Antonio Mobile Vet Center provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Mobile Vet Center is designed to provide outreach and information to veterans living outside major metropolitan areas. VA staff will be on hand to help answer questions about claims, benefits and counseling services available to veterans. All services provided at the Mobile Vet Center are free of charge.

CBC hopes that all veterans will join us on November 14 for free food, fun, information, and door prizes. For more information about the Veterans Fair or veteran’s affairs benefits available at CBC, please contact Rosie Streicher at (361) 354-2421 or via email at


Free OSHA 10 training to be held at CBC Pleasanton

September 13, 2013


A free OSHA 10 training will be held on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4 at the Coastal Bend College Pleasanton site located on 1411 Bensdale Road. The purpose of OSHA 10 training is to promote workplace safety and health, and the training will also make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. OSHA 10 training is recommended for workers entering oil and gas related industries, as well as workers entering other potentially hazardous occupations.

Participants in the class will receive hands on training about scenarios that could potentially arise in the workplace regarding hazard identification, avoidance, control, and prevention. The course is completely free for all registrants, but individuals do have to pay the $5 to receive their OSHA 10 Certification Card.

The details:

· Free OSHA 10 Training at CBC Pleasanton located at 1411 Bensdale Road.

· Training times are October 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 4 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

· The times are inclusive of lunch and classroom breaks.

· Free lunch will be provided on October 3.

· The cost of the OSHA 10 Certification Card is $5.

Individuals who wish to register for the OSHA10 training or obtain more information, should contact Sharon Mayberry at (830) 569-4222, Lillian Garza at (361) 354-2331, or Nora Cartwright at (361) 354-2230. If number of students exceeds allowable number per instructor, additional workshops will be scheduled at a later date to accommodate the student overflow.

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


CBC accepting applications for veteran’s scholarships

June 17, 2013


Photo Cutline: Center, Ghazi Shahin, Vice President of Operations for the East Region for DCP Midstream presented the Coastal Bend College Foundation with a $50,000 donation as part of the Operation Next initiative. The funds will be used to provide scholarships for veterans interested in the oil and gas field. Local Beeville veterans Raul Meza, Rosendo Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Ray Rincon, John Salinas, Jesse Gonzales, Chano Cavasos, Jesse Garcia, and Armando Musquez were in attendance to show their support and gratitude of the Operation Next initiative at CBC.


Photo Cutline: Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Jaure, left, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, right, accept a $50,000 donation from DCP Midstream’s Vice President of Operations for the East Region, Ghazi Shahin, center. CBC is the only college in Texas to receive these funds as part of the Operation Next initiative to help veterans obtain education in oil, gas, and petroleum related industries.

CBC accepting applications for veteran’s scholarships

The Coastal Bend College Foundation received a $50,000 donation to fund scholarships for veterans enrolling in CBC programs related to the oil, gas, and petroleum industries. The funds were donated by DCP Midstream, LLC as part of their Operation Next initiative.

“Operation Next is one way DCP can give back to veterans and the community. Veterans have discipline, structure, and technical skills. They have teamwork and leadership skills. But most importantly, veterans understand the importance of safety. This is why we recruit and help veterans. Safety is the most important thing in our line of work,” said Ghazi Shahin, DCP Midstream Vice President of Operations for the East Region.

Current CBC oil and gas student Mike Fahey is an army veteran and expressed how opportunities like these help veterans reach their academic and career goals. Fahey is getting ready to graduate from the oil and gas technology program at CBC in August 2013, and he feels this donation from DCP Midstream may inspire veterans to enroll in college.

“As an army vet, I was trying to think of what I could do for the rest of my life. Oil and gas was a good choice for me, and I have enjoyed my classes and instructor at CBC. Many young vets I know say they can’t afford college or have to work to save up to come to school. It leads to a ruthless cycle of working and putting school off, so these opportunities are huge for any veteran,” Fahey said.

Paul Jaure, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman and a veteran, echoed Fahey’s sentiments, “The $99 I received every month from the G.I. Bill gave me encouragement when I was fresh out of the military. It is my sincere hope that this generous donation from DCP Midstream will help encourage veterans to pursue their dreams. CBC is committed to helping them. We thank them for their sacrifice and service.”

Veterans who are planning on enrolling in CBC courses/programs related to the oil, gas, and petroleum industries in fall 2013 can apply for an Operation Next scholarship from now until August 9 by contacting Rosie Streicher, CBC Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421 or via email at Scholarships are available for college credit programs, continuing education courses, and CDL classes. The scholarship is open to veteran students at any CBC location (Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton), and can be used in conjunction with other aid programs.

Operation Next supports veterans attending Coastal Bend College

June 6, 2013

DCP Midstream, the largest producer of natural gas liquids, and the largest private company in Denver, has announced a major veterans’ initiative. Called Operation Next, the program will support counseling and job training efforts in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma. DCP Midstream frequently hires veterans for their nationwide workforce. The company is the largest energy company headquartered in Denver and operates in the most prominent natural gas producing basins in the U.S.

“Our overarching goal is to express our appreciation to these men and women who have nobly served our country,” says Roz Elliott, VP of Public Affairs and Investor Relations at DCP Midstream. “It is our belief that they will serve proudly again in their new careers here at home bringing energy security to our nation.” 

DCP Midstream worked with The Denver Foundation, where the company’s charitable fund is held, to identify partner organizations who are serving veterans in the targeted areas where the company has operations.  Coastal Bend College was selected due to its involvement in providing quality education and training for the Eagle Ford Shale/petroleum industry.

Coastal Bend College will receive $50,000 as part of the Operation Next initiative to help provide support for veterans in the form of tuition, scholarships, fees, books, or supplies for an oil, gas and petroleum degree and/or continuing education programs.

Join us on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the CBC Beeville campus for a check presentation and press conference in the Robert J. Beasley Administration Building, Sandy Dirks Board Room, 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX 78102 at 11 a.m.

For more information about services and programs for veterans at CBC, contact Rosie Streicher, Veterans Affairs Specialist, at (361) 354-2421.

CBC Receives $321K for Vocational Programs

January 30, 2013

Bell Espinoza

Dr. Denise Hutchinson-Bell, Director of Adult Basic Education, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza review VAST guidelines.

Coastal Bend College is the recipient of a two-year Adult Basic Education (ABE) Innovation Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board worth over $321,000 as part of the Eagle Ford Community College Consortium.

The Consortium project, called VAST (Vocational Advancement for South Texas) is led by the Alamo Community College District in partnership with Coastal Bend, Laredo, Southwest Texas Junior and Victoria Colleges. These five community college districts are partnering together to help educate and train the region’s under-educated and under-skilled population into one that will be ready to work in well-paying occupations related to the Eagle Ford Shale.

“Overall, CBC’s goal is to use these grant funds to help adults gain the skills and knowledge they need for life. They will be independent, self-sufficient individuals who can contribute to the workforce and the communities they live in,” said Dr. Denise Hutchinson-Bell, Adult Basic Education Coordinator at CBC.

VAST aims to help ABE students, with or without a GED or high school diploma, who are eligible to work in the United States, obtain jobs in high demand occupations. Many of these students have limited education or English skills, and therefore, have had limited access to college credit programs. Removing these barriers and helping ABE students embark on a career path is what CBC aims to do when the program begins in summer 2013.

CBC will offer career pathway training and education in the following high demand occupational areas: certified nursing assistant (CNA) to Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), welding, commercial truck driving (CDL), and drafting and design. Students enrolled in these career pathways under VAST will earn either continuing education credit or college credit.  Upon program completion, students will earn a level one certificate and be qualified and ready to enter the workforce.

“CBC is fortunate to be in a position to have great partners and offer much needed training in our 9,400 mile service area and region. These training programs are clearly aligned with the workforce needs of the industry in our region. Graduates will have great job options available to them,” said Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, CBC President.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, and most VAST career pathways can be completed in about a year. VAST is set to launch in summer 2013 at all Coastal Bend College campuses. For more information, please contact the CBC Adult Basic Education Office at (361) 354-2767.


CBC & PEC Premier to Offer Oil & Gas Safety Training

December 4, 2012

Coastal Bend College and the Petroleum Education Council (PEC) Premier will hold a signing ceremony to kick-off the start of the Oil Patch Preparation System (OPPS) Short-Term Training Project. The signing ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. inside the Robert J. Beasley Administration Building, Sandy Dirks Board Room at the Beeville campus.

Tom Pauken, the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), will be present at the signing ceremony for the OPPS Project. He has served as Commissioner since appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2008, and was the TWC Chairman until April 2012. Pauken has decades of public service experience including serving in the White House Counsel’s Office under President Reagan, in addition to having held numerous leadership positions and being a United States Army veteran.

The OPPS Project is a 5-day entry level training and job placement program that is designed to help students gain the skills needed to get started in oil and gas safety related occupations. Students in the OPPS Project will receive hands-on training in addition to classroom instruction, and the training credential is transferrable. The program is being customized to meet employer and industry demands in the Eagle Ford Shale area, and would be a good opportunity for entry-level workers, veterans, and people who want to work in safety related occupations get started on a career path.

“There is a high demand for qualified workers, and the OPPS Project provides the knowledge and skills they need to get their foot in the door and earn money. Working alongside PEC Premier has opened up a great opportunity to help serve our community,” said Lillian Garza, Director of Customized and Continuing Education for CBC.

Before enrolling in the OPPS Project, a student has to undergo an interview and basic drug screening to ensure the student is a viable candidate for the project. Once accepted, the student will enroll in the OPPS Project and attend class from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for five days. Upon successful completion of the training, the students will receive a hardhat, steel toe rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection to help them get to work in oil and gas safety occupations.

The OPPS Project is scheduled to begin February 2013 at the Pleasanton campus. To register for the program or to find out more information, please contact Lillian Garza at (361) 354-2331 or Nora Cartwright at (361) 354-2230.

Study Spanish in Puerto Rico with Coastal Bend College

March 28, 2012

CBC offers intensive Spanish study in Puerto Rico June 10-23, 2012

Coastal Bend College’s summer intensive Spanish course offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks in the beautiful Puerto Rican city of San Juan, study Spanish at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with friendly Puerto Rican families, make excursions to interesting sites across Puerto Rico, experience life in a foreign environment, and enjoy 85 degree weather.

Coastal Bend College students study abroad in Puerto Rico

Coastal Bend College Spanish and sociology students spent two weeks in Puerto Rico studying culture, language and ethnography. Those who took the trip are, top row from left, Jennifer Roberts, Vera Wang, Homero Garza, CBC Spanish Instructor Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado, and Roberto Lopez; and in the middle row from left, Suzane Nunez, Samantha Salinas, CBC Sociology Instructor Kelly Rea, and Dariela Ramirez; and in the bottomrow from left, Macy Richter, Paola Serna, Bianca Rocha, Verita Gronuum, Linda Salazar, Missy Moreno Raymon Avelar and Ana Alyse Olivares.

Small classes are for high school students, college students, Spanish teachers who need to renew their teacher certificates, and other adults who wish to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Students can earn beginning- through advanced-level class credit for one or two semesters or first or second year college Spanish or Continuing Professional Education credits. Students may also take “American Minorities” over the summer program to Puerto Rico.Because the ISLA offers classes for both teenagers and adults, CBC makes the class available to high school students who have passed their TAKS exit exams (or the equivalent) and to college students and adults of any age.



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