CBC to offer OPPS Training in February 2013

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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.

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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

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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.

CBC Summer Courses Offer Convenience & Value for Students

Coastal Bend College BannerCoastal Bend College is offering over 23 sections of core curriculum courses in the second summer session that students can register for such as: history, government, economics, Spanish, biology, and speech. Many of these courses are also offered online.

Because these courses are part of the core curriculum, students can jump start their college education before heading off to the university in the fall. In addition to earning college credit hours, students and their families can save hundreds of dollars per 3 credit hour course.

Texas A&M College Station, Corpus Christi and Kingsville charge an average of over $920 for a 3 credit hour course. The University of Texas at Austin charges $1750. CBC in-district students pay about $300 and out-of-district students pay about $500 for a 3 credit hour course. That is a savings of over 65-percent and 45-percent per 3 credit hour course for in-district and out-of-district students, respectively.

Dr. Bruce Exstrom, Dean of Instructional Services, says, “Students should take advantage of summer courses to get acclimated to the college environment before fall. Summer courses tend to be smaller, which gives lots of individual focus to students. And the cost savings puts higher education within reach for more students.”

Recent high school graduates and other students who did not attend in the fall or spring semesters may be eligible for financial aid, if they qualify, since none of their eligibility would have been used for the 2011-2012 academic year. In order for students to be eligible for summer aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2011-2012 year has to be submitted by June 30, 2012.

Utilizing financial aid in the summer would have no effect on a recent high school graduate or new/returning student’s award amount for the 2012-2013 academic year, if they qualify. If you have questions about your financial aid eligibility or need assistance submitting your FAFSA, please contact the CBC Financial Aid Office at (361) 354-2238 or toll-free at 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2238 for more information.

Students who wish to enroll in the second summer session can register Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm with advisors and counselors at all of our campuses. To talk with an advisor about summer registration, please call (361) 354-2266 or toll-free at 1-866-722-2838 ext. 2266.

Don’t wait until fall to start your college courses—at CBC your future can begin here and now in the second summer session from July 9-August 15, 2012.

Coastal Bend College soccer player signs with UHV

Jostan Padron signs letter of intent with UHV

Coastal Bend College soccer player Jostan Padron signs letter of intent with the University of Houston at Victoria to play soccer in the 2012-2013 school year. Padron is a graduate of Refugio High School. He is the son of David and Maria Padron, and his siblings are Cristian, Monica and Marlen. Padron states his goal after attending UHV is to play soccer professionally.

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Padron and his family are excited about his future at UHV.