Deadline to apply for CBC Endowed Scholarships is August 14

Headline: Deadline to apply for CBC Endowed Scholarships is August 14


Coastal Bend College (CBC) is accepting applications for CBC Endowed Scholarships. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students should be enrolled in CBC courses in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, Pleasanton or online. Applications are due August 14 by 5 p.m. to the CBC Financial Aid Office.

Students who are awarded one of the various CBC Endowed Scholarships will have the opportunity to utilize the funds during the fall 2015 semester and/or the spring 2016 semester.

Applications for the CBC Endowed Scholarships are available at the CBC Financial Aid Office, with any CBC advisor, or at the front office of any CBC site. Individuals who are unable to pick-up an application can download the online version via

For more information about CBC’s Endowed Scholarships, please contact the CBC Financial Aid Office via phone at (361) 354-2238.

CBC students study sociology and Spanish in Puerto Rico through immersive Summer Study Program

Headline: CBC students study sociology and Spanish in Puerto Rico through immersive Summer Study Program 

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From July 5-18, ten students traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Summer Study Program. Students participated in a CBC faculty led immersion program in which they earned Spanish and sociology college credits. The program completed its fifth year and plans are underway to return in summer 2016.

Through a generous grant from the Joe Barnhart Foundation students were able to offset the cost of participating in the program. For many students, participation in this program would not have been possible without the aid from this grant. Students who participated in the program include current CBC students, dual enrollment students from Orange Grove High School and a transient student from Sam Houston State University (SHSU).

CBC Social Sciences Division Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology/Sociology Kelly Rea, as well as CBC Spanish Instructor and Orange Grove ISD Spanish faculty member Anna Garza, led the Summer Study Program. These instructors accompanied the student group and supervised all program activities, assessed student progress on a daily basis, offered out of class assistance with coursework, administered the final exams and assigned the final course grade.

Students attended classes with CBC and Puerto Rican professors at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition (ISLA), lived with hospitable Puerto Rican families, participated in cultural excursions and activities to interesting sites across Puerto Rico and experienced life in a different environment.

The group visited many attractions during their two-week stay. Students completed assignments on their experiences and applied what they learned in the classroom to these experiences. Some of the experiences included: a tour of Viejo San Juan complete with a guided tour of the city; a visit to María de la Cruz Cavern and Piñones Lagoon in the northern city of Loiza; meeting famed artist Samuel Lind and touring his home and studio; recreational days at Isla Verde beach as well as many other popular beaches; ethnographic interviews at the local farmer’s market and Mall of the Americas; and kayaking in the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo.

A new experience for students this year was the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project. For this project students learned about the Waldorf curriculum and helped ready The W School for its opening on August 11, 2015. The Waldorf curriculum is an alternative to traditional education that emphasizes the holistic approach to student development and learning. It is widely accepted and used in Europe and making some movement in the United States. The W School is a pre-school owned and operated by ISLA Director Sacha Delgado.

Another first for students was experiencing water rationing. Due to recent low levels of rainfall many areas of Puerto Rico are facing water rationing. Though students were housed in homes equipped with cisterns, students still experienced first-hand what is feels like and means to have a water shortage. This was a great lesson and discussion topic on the need and methods of conserving natural resources.

For more information about CBC’s Summer Study Program, please contact CBC Social Sciences Division Chair and Assistant Professor Kelly Rea via phone (361) 354-2401 or via email

CBC Pleasanton’s Cougar Day welcomes over 120 new students

Headline: CBC Pleasanton’s Cougar Day welcomes over 120 new students

TeslaMartinCoastal Bend College (CBC) hosted Cougar Day New Student Orientation for over 120 incoming dual enrollment high school students and CBC college students on Wednesday, July 29 at the Pleasanton site. Tesla Martin, a CBC cosmetology student, was awarded an iPad 4 for her participation and creativity in the Cougar Day social media contest.

Cougar Day provided all attendees with valuable information to ensure their success this academic year at CBC. Topics such as academic success, tutoring, financial aid, student life, and student services were discussed at the various breakout sessions held during the daylong event. Community partners were also on hand to inform students about services available to them in the surrounding area.

Fall classes begin on August 24, and students who are interested in enrolling in courses at CBC Pleasanton can visit the site located at 1411 Bensdale Road between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Information is always available online at or via email at

CBC Pleasanton slated to host Registration Days in August

Headline: CBC Pleasanton slated to host Registration Days in August

All new, returning and prospective students who are interested in registering for classes at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site are invited to attend registration days on August 10-11 from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Students who attend registration days should complete the free CBC Admissions Application online at Financial aid staff will be on hand to assist students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Processing time is approximately two weeks, so students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA before attending registration days. CBC’s FAFSA code is 003546.

Advisors will also be available to meet with students one-on-one to discuss the fall 2015 course selection process and the student’s degree plan. A list of academic programs, workforce programs and course offerings that are available at all CBC locations can be viewed online at

Students who are interested in attending CBC’s Registration Days and would like more information should call (361) 354-2266 or email

CBC Beeville to host Cougar Day New Student Orientation on August 14

Headline: CBC Beeville to host Cougar Day New Student Orientation on August 14

All new fall 2015 Coastal Bend College (CBC) students are invited to attend Cougar Day New Student Orientation at CBC Beeville on August 14. Mandatory new student orientation is a key component of the College’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), CBC Smart Start, which aims to increase student success rates amongst first-time college students. Students who attend Cougar Day have a higher rate of success than those who did not attend according to 2014-2015 academic year data.

Cougar Day New Student Orientation is a fun-filled, daylong event where students learn information about how to succeed during their first year of college. Faculty and staff from various college departments will conduct informative presentations covering topics such as CBC student services, tutoring, student life, study tips, Blackboard and student email.

Cougar Day New Student Orientation attendees who complete orientation receive a free CBC Cougar Day t-shirt and USB drive.  Several drawings will take place at the event for CBC book scholarships, an iPad 4 and a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet.

Students who plan on attending Cougar Day need to register for the event online at Cougar Day attendees should be registered for the fall 2015 semester and are encouraged to have already completed their free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). Students ages 21 and under may need to submit proof of their bacterial meningitis vaccination to the CBC Admissions Office prior to the event.

For more information about Cougar Day, please contact CBC’s QEP Director and Grants Manager Heather Anderson via email at or via phone at (361) 354-2276.

CBC to resume regular hours of operation beginning August 3

Headline: CBC to resume regular hours of operation beginning August 3

Coastal Bend College (CBC) will resume regular hours of operation beginning Monday, August 3. CBC locations including Beeville, Alice and Kingsville will be open for business from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CBC Pleasanton will also be open for business Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

CBC will conduct registration days at all locations throughout the month of August for students who have not yet registered for the fall semester. Registration Days are set to take place on:
· CBC Beeville: August 17-18
· CBC Alice: August 19-20
· CBC Kingsville: August 3-7
· CBC Pleasanton: August 10-11

Students who are interested in attending CBC and would like more information should call (361) 354-2266 or email