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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.

Coastal Bend College athletes recruited to play university basketball

April 12, 2012
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.


Walking trail closed on April 13

April 12, 2012

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

April 5, 2012

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       


Read Coastal Bend College Forum April 2012

April 5, 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:

Safeland training held at Coastal Bend College

April 5, 2012

Willbros Construction in George West, Rock Water Energy Solutions in Alice, and Cameron International in Corpus Christi sent employees to Coastal Bend College recently for oil and gas industry basic orientation. The course was taught by Terry Kirkpatrick, a safety trainer and consultant with over 23 years of experience in the industry.

Safeland Basic Orientation

Safety training for the oil and gas industry was recently held at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Including in the training were, from left, Andrew Hernandez of Houston, Juan Hernandez of Corpus Christi, Wayne Petri of Marshall, Neil Croch of Houston, Raul Benevides of Rio Grande City, Eddie Banuelos of Mission, Samuel Garza of Rio Grande City, Artemil Salinas of Rio Grande City, Rueben Hernandez of Alice, Cruz Perez of Alice, Erasmos Marines of Eagle Pass, Joe Martinez of Alice, Joe Martinez of Austin, Doug McVey of Beeville, Alejandro Rodriguez of Alamo, Dennis Cardona of Corpus Christi, Cory Hendrix of Corpus Christi and Safeland basic instructor Terry Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick as a safety trainer increases the availability of training and also makes it possible to do on-site training throughout the Eagle Ford Shale region. He is a qualified OSHA compliance inspector and works with oil and gas companies on managing employee training. His instruction is primarily awareness training, however in-depth and customized training is also available through the college’s continuing education program.


Anagen to rock Coastal Bend College stage

March 27, 2012
Concert part of free Spring Festival

Ranked in the top 25 unsigned bands in the United States and Canada, Anagen has come out of hibernation to once again rock the foundation of the Texas music scene. They will perform at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on April 12 at 6 p.m. in the James Dougherty Student Center (SUB). The concert is part of Spring Festival 2012, a community event.


Austin-based Anagen, set to perform at Coastal Bend College on April 12, features from left, Beeville natives Justin Perez and Lance Kotara; and Tyler McCollum and Steve Hudson.

Anagen spent much of 2008 and 2009 playing sold out shows in Texas, being courted by major record labels, and sharing the stage with some of rock’s biggest names. Then they moved the act to Nashville where the music gradually became different altogether.Since shifting their focus towards their new project, Love at War, founding members Lance Kotara and Tyler McCollum have been on a steady upward musical journey that’s taken them across the world from London and Berlin to Los Angeles and Beeville.

That’s right. Beeville. The Austin-based band features two Beeville natives – Lance Kotara and Justin Perez. Kotara, lead guitar/vocalist, and Perez, bass guitarist, are 2001 A.C. Jones High School graduates. They performed together in the local band, “The Others” before relocating to the Austin area and ultimately becoming 50 percent of Anagen. They’ve periodically returned to Beeville and the college to perform.


Birding for beginners in Beeville

March 27, 2012

Karen BensonDr. Robert and Karen Benson will teach beginning birding as a continuing education course at Coastal Bend College this April. The eight-hour course will run on the following dates at CBC Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville:

Friday, April 13, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7 a.m. – noon, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The course is $46. Participants must make their own lunch arrangements.

Participants will meet at Lott-Canada facility to summarize the experience of birding and then travel. Binoculars are recommended to successfully complete the course. Soft, comfortable shoes, a hat or cap and bottled water are also recommended.

Ornithologist Karen Benson is known for her column, Coastal Bend Naturalist, in the Beeville Bee-Picayune.

To register for this or other continuing education courses, call (361) 362-2633 or go to the website at


Free seminars for small businesses available in Beeville

March 27, 2012

Learn how to access capital to start or grow your small business through the many U.S. Small Business Administration loan guaranty programs tailored to your business needs.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

April 5, 12:30 -2 p.m.: Tax Tips for Small Businesses & Benefits/Incentives for Home Based Businesses

June 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Starting Your Own Business

September 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Access to Capital

December 6, 12:30-2 p.m.: Funding Sources—Alternative Financing

Meet resource experts that can help you start, finance and manage a successful small business.  SBA’s alliance partners will be addressing key best business practices for sustainability and business growth.

The workshops will be held at Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (Highway 59 West) in Beeville.

Those interested must RSVP to reserve a seat and confirm dates. Contact Nora Cartwright at (361) 362-2633 or to register.


Free tax tips for small businesses seminar available in Beeville

March 27, 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Coastal Bend College will present a seminar, SBA Programs and Services and Tax Tips for Small Businesses & Benefits/ Incentives for Home-Based Small Businesses Seminar, at CBC Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (Highway 59 West) in Beeville, on April 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The free seminar targets start-ups and existing small businesses. SBA representative Annie Hudspeth will discuss the many SBA loan guaranty programs available and tailored to small business needs. SBA’s alliance partners will address key best business practices for sustainability and business growth.

Those interested must RSVP to reserve a seat and confirm dates. Contact Nora Cartwright at (361) 362-2633 or to register.



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