CBC & PEC Premier to Offer Oil & Gas Safety Training

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.

Coastal Bend College athletes recruited to play university basketball

Cougars head to university

Cougar basketballers, seated from left, Charles Mells, Phadarius Taylor and David Atkins, have each signed to play basketball at the university level. CBC Basketball Coach Larry Mendez, standing left, and Assistant Basketball Coach Colt Walker helped the athletes make that dream a reality.

Three Coastal Bend College Cougar basketball players recently committed themselves to play for universities across the country.

Charles Mells, a 6’11” Center from Miami, Fla. earned a full scholarship to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. Mells, a graduate of Choice Learning Academy in Miami, is the son of Juanita Mells. His siblings are Erica, Latoya, Christopher, Lashonda, Shantericka, Stephanie and Bernard.

Phadarius Taylor, a 6’2” Shooting Guard from Jacksonville, Fla. will go on to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Taylor is a graduate of Samuel W. Wolfson Senior High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He is the son of Bridgette Johnson and has two siblings: Michael and La’Tara. Taylor will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree from Coastal Bend College on May 11.

David Atkinson, a 6’7.5” McAllen native, played Small Forward for the Cougars. He is a graduate of McAllen High School and a 2010 Texas Scholar. He is the son of David Atkinson and Lahoma Petterson. Atkinson’s siblings are Tiff any, Austin and Alexander.

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Walking trail closed on April 13

Coastal Bend College officials announced the one-day closure of the walking trail on the Beeville Campus on Friday, April 13. Patrons are asked to stay out of the area to avoid potential safety hazards. The trail will reopen the following day.

Murder mystery at Coastal Bend College

Coastal Bend College Drama Program Presents “Murder, You Must be Kidding,” a whodunit comedy that keeps you guessing to the end. Show dates are April 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude Jones at Coastal Bend College in Beeville.

The show is produced by special arrangement with Baker Plays, New York, New York.

Admission is $6 for general admission and $4 for children (12 and under). For more information, contact Phyllis Garcia at (361) 354-2427 or garciap@coastalbend.edu.       

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Read Coastal Bend College Forum April 2012

Read about our new president, Dr. Beatriz Espinoza. Learn about study abroad opportunities. Find out about TRiO Day 2012 in this month’s CBC Forum: http://issuu.com/coastalbendcollege/docs/forum_2012_april.