CBC leadership presents at ACCT Leadership Congress


Coastal Bend College President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, center, recently accompanied Laura Fischer, CBC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, and Carroll Lohse, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman, to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Chicago. Also present at the Leadership Congress, although not pictured, were CBC trustees Victor Gomez and DeeDee Bernal. The team was there to lead a session titled, “Student Access and Success Model.” The session highlighted the partnership between the College and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend—a partnership that has increased access and opportunities for students to gain workforce education and embark on a career all in one location.

CBC spring registration happening now; financial aid still available        

Registration is now open for the spring 2015 semester at Coastal Bend College locations in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton. Many classes are also offered online via the Internet, and the college’s Office of Dual Enrollment provides access to college-level courses to over 34 high schools (including homeschooled students) in the area.

Students without any holds may register online via Campus Connect, or students may visit any CBC location to obtain one-on-one advising and registration assistance from a student development specialist.

Students wishing to apply for financial aid should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov and use CBC’s federal school code (003546) to ensure CBC receives the application. Most applications take one week to process, but applicants are encouraged to apply early. To check on the status of a financial aid application, or to talk with a financial aid advisor, call (361) 354-2238.

Texas state law requires all students ages 21 and under entering institutions of higher education show evidence of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five year period prior to enrollment and not less than 10 days before the first day of the semester.

For more information or to register now, please visit www.coastalbend.edu or call the

  • Beeville campus (361) 358-2838
  • Alice site (361) 664-2981
  • Kingsville site (361) 592-1615
  • Pleasanton site (830) 569-4222

CBC to offer OPPS Training in February 2013


Wes Carr, President at PEC Premier Safety Management, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza sign an agreement to offer OPPS training on the CBC Pleasanton campus.

Representatives from Coastal Bend College, Petroleum Education Council (PEC) Premier, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Veteran’s Leadership Program gathered on the CBC Beeville campus for a signing ceremony on December 6, 2012. Wes Carr, President at PEC Premier Safety Management, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza signed an agreement to offer 5-day Oil Patch Preparation Systems (OPPS) training courses on the CBC Pleasanton campus.

“There are two main points to OPPS training—one is to help standardize safety training to meet industry demands. The other is to help people get home safely, and this partnership with CBC allows us to do both,” said Carr.

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. 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. Currently, over 300,000 people have taken the OPPS training course.

Tom Pauken, the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission, spoke at the signing ceremony about how critical it is to offer training programs like these in order to keep employees safe and help put young veterans to work—quickly.

“In Texas, we’re seeing a shift towards more workforce training and education. We should offer more support for our community colleges because they move quickly and help create more training opportunities for jobs, especially for veterans. I thank Coastal Bend College and Dr. Espinoza for doing their part,” Pauken said.

Coastal Bend College is proud to offer the OPPS Project to help meet local workforce demands, and help educate all participants about the important of safety in oil and gas related industries. The OPPS Project is scheduled to begin February 2013 at the CBC 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.


From left to right, Wes Carr, Commissioner Tom Pauken, and Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza partner together to help educate South Texas’ workforce about the importance of safety.

2013 Wildlife Calendar: Photo Submissions


Coastal Bend College 2013 Wildlife Calendar Submissions

Each year, Coastal Bend College features the work of a select group of area photographers in our annual wildlife calendar. CBC would be honored if you would like to take part in our 2013 calendar.

Photographers who are interested should submit no more than 20 of their most outstanding South Texas wildlife photographs to the Office of Institutional Advancement by Friday, August 24, 2012. Photos may include insects, birds and animals that are native to the area and highlight regional landscape, vegetation and character.

File names for photos submitted electronically must be included on the attached list with the common name and description of each subject. The information will allow for proper identification of the subject. Photographs should be bright, exceptionally sharp and taken with high-quality camera settings.

Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions. Digital files may be submitted on CD, DVD, USB drive or by email. Digital photos should be taken at the highest available camera setting. Photo files must support an output size of 8×10 while retaining high quality.

We look forward to working with you in creating next year’s Coastal Bend College Wildlife Calendar. Thank you in advance for your participation, and if you have any questions, please contact Monica Cruz, Public Relations Officer, at (361)354-2258 or 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2258.

Earn a degree attending college every-other-weekend

Beginning fall 2012, students will be able to earn their Associate of Arts degree while only attending classes every-other-weekend at the Beeville or Alice Coastal Bend College campuses. The Weekend College is part of Project OASIS, which 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.

Registration is open for the Weekend College at the Beeville and Alice campuses, and students wishing to enroll can see any Coastal Bend College advisor to register. “The weekend college is structured so that students can focus on one class at a time rather than trying to juggle and balance four classes,” says Danny Garcia, Weekend College Coordinator. Students who enroll in the program will be assigned a case manager to assist them with financial aid questions, tutoring services and general academic advising.

Classes will be held every-other-weekend on Fridays from 6-10 pm, Saturdays from 8-12 pm and 1-5 pm, and Sunday from 8 am-12 pm. The average class size will be about 25 students, and there is financial aid available to those who qualify.

While only the Beeville and Alice campuses are participating in Weekend College this academic year, both Kingsville and Pleasanton will be offering the Weekend College in the fall of 2013.

Garcia also adds, “The flexible schedule of the program is perfect for students with full-time jobs and family obligations preventing them from attending during the week.”

If you’d like more information about Weekend College, please contact Danny Garcia at (361) 354-2570 or toll free at 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2570. You can also visit http://www.coastalbend.edu for more information.