Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus Celebrates TRiO Day

Headline: Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus Celebrates TRiO Day

Sub headline: Seven award recipients to be announced

Beeville, TX- The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville Campus will participate in the annual nationwide TRiO Day celebration on Friday, February 27, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium.

An awards ceremony will take place with seven awards being presented to students who are currently in TRiO programs or have been a part of a TRiO program. A CBC College Fair will also take place and all students who are in attendance will have the opportunity to participate. CBC will have representatives from each program that is currently offered on campus available to discuss higher education opportunities.

TRiO Day is a celebration that takes place to reflect on the achievements of the various TRiO programs that are offered and the low income, first generations students that are served. Without these federally funded programs, that aid students ranging from middle school to post baccalaureate, students would not have access to a higher education.

CBC Beeville has hosted TRiO programs since the mid-1970s with four of the eight currently being offered to students. The four programs that are offered at CBC Beeville include Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound (UB) Ghost, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Student Support Services (SSS).

UB, with an annual award of $382,500, aids high school students in grades nine through 12 through the process of preparing for a higher education. There are currently 85 students in the program from various high schools in the surrounding area. UB currently serves students from Mathis, Pettus, Skidmore-Tynan and Beeville.

UB G.O.S.T. is a program that was developed to provide participants with instruction in topics such as science, mathematics, composition and literature. With an annual award of $250,000, U.B. G.O.S.T. is able to provide high school students with supplemental instruction after school, on the weekend and throughout the summer. There are currently 50 students in the program from high schools in the surrounding area. UB G.O.S.T. currently serves students from Sinton, Odem, Taft and George West.

ETS, which is a result of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Higher Education Act (HEA), is currently celebrating their 50th Anniversary. With an annual award of $290,709, ETS is able to provide its services to 671 high school students in grades nine through 12. Throughout the duration of the program students are provided with career and academic counseling, information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid. ETS currently serves students from Odem, Refugio, Kenedy, Runge, Beeville, Karnes City, Pettus, Skidmore-Tynan and Three Rivers.

SSS, with an annual award of $ 281,511, provides services to 204 students who are currently enrolled at CBC. This program is geared toward exposing students to options after they have completed their associate’s degree or certification program at CBC. Opportunities are created for students to uncover career options in their field of study, graduate programs to continue their higher education and professional programs for technical training in their field of study.

For more information about the TRiO programs that are offered at CBC please visit, If you would like to speak with one of the four programs directly please contact the ETS office via phone at (361) 354-2706, the U.B. office via phone at (361) 354-2715, the U.B. G.O.S.T. office via phone at (361) 354-2746, or the SSS office via phone at (361) 354-2722.

CBC Pleasanton Site Cosmetology Program to host Spring Fling Blowout

Headline: CBC Pleasanton Site Cosmetology Program to host Spring Fling Blowout 

Sub Headline: Select salon services offered at a discounted rate

Pleasanton, TX- The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton Site Cosmetology Program will host the Spring Fling Blowout on March 2, 2015 from 9:15 a.m. – 3p.m. in the Cosmetology Salon. During the Spring Fling Blowout, select services with discounted rates will be provided by the cosmetology program students.

Select services that will be offered the day of the event include $3 manicures, $5 spa manicures, $7.50 pedicures, $10 spa pedicures, $4 haircuts for men and women, $11 all over color, $22 color block (seven foils), $4 additional color for hair past shoulders and $4 blow dry with style.

This event will be utilized as a fundraiser for the cosmetology program. All of the proceeds will be going towards providing current cosmetology students the opportunity to expand their education with specialized instruction in the field of makeup and nail techniques.

Appointments are not necessary to receive services and walk-ins will be accepted. Individuals who are interested in attending this event and would like to schedule an appointment may do so by calling the CBC Pleasanton Cosmetology Program at (830)569-4222 ext. 1214.

For those who are unable to attend the Spring Fling Blowout, the CBC Pleasanton Cosmetology Program operates a full service salon for the general public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The CBC Pleasanton Site Cosmetology Department is located on the CBC Pleasanton Site at 1411 Bensdale in Pleasanton, Texas 78064. Questions regarding the Spring Fling Blowout, services offered or appointments should be directed to the CBC Pleasanton Cosmetology Department via phone at (830)569-4222 ext. 1214.

CBC receives renewable energy based grant and partnership with Texas State University

Headline: CBC receives renewable energy based grant and partnership with Texas State University

Coastal Bend College (CBC) received a three-year grant through the Reenergize Renewable Energy Research & Education Partnership with Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. CBC was one of five institutions that received the grant that is funded by the Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP).

This partnership between CBC and Texas State University is designed to expand both institutions’ students’ and staff’s knowledge in the field of renewable energy and will benefit all students who are currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs at CBC. Through the various experiments that students will participate in they will gain an awareness of the alternative fuels that are accessible and available for utilization.

CBC is able to offer its STEM students resources such as a state-of-the-art green lab that they will use to conduct research and experiments. With guidance, CBC students will be able to perform experiments focusing on renewable energy resources such as solar power, wind generation and bio-fuels. Students will also have the opportunity to perform experiments on the various ways water can be purified.

This partnership is geared toward generating a continued interest in STEM careers when students transfer to four-year institutions.  After CBC students participate and complete their experiments they will be able to use their experiences in their future higher education endeavors.

For more information on the Reenergize Renewable Energy Research & Education Partnership, please contact CBC’s Industrial Technology Coordinator Jack Young via phone at (361) 354-2325 or via email at

CBC Dual Enrollment to host Oil & Gas Technology Program Showcase

Headline: CBC Dual Enrollment to host Oil & Gas Technology Program Showcase

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Office of Dual Enrollment is pleased to announce the CBC Oil & Gas Technology Program Showcase at Karnes City High School on Thursday, February 26, 2015 beginning at 12 p.m. This event will provide high school students in the surrounding area with an in-depth look at the Process Technology Mobile Trailer.

George Fiegel, a CBC Oil & Gas Dual Enrollment Instructor, will provide high school students with a demonstration, tour, and presentation on how the Process Technology Mobile Trailer is utilized at CBC. All of the state-of-the- art equipment that is currently housed inside of the Process Technology Mobile Trailer is supplemental material that is used by oil & gas instructors to reinforce the concepts that students are learning during the lecture portion of their courses.

The Process Technology Mobile Trailer contains equipment such as a mechanical training system, programmable logic controllers (PLC) suitcase trainers, basic electricity trainers, a pneumatics trainer, and a hydraulics trainer. Through the utilization of this equipment, CBC students receive the hands on training that they will need as they enter the workforce after graduation.

Representatives from CBC will be available to answer any questions high school students or staff may have in regards to specific certifications that CBC offers through the oil & gas program, the type of degree that a student is able to obtain if they wish to pursue a higher education in oil & gas, and the steps that are required for a student to participate in CBC’s dual enrollment program.

If you have any questions regarding the CBC Oil & Gas Technology Program Showcase or if you are an area high school that would like to attend this event with your students, please contact the CBC Office of Dual Enrollment via email no later than Feb. 24 at

CBC Softball player signs with Schreiner University

Softball SigningHeadline: CBC Softball player signs with Schreiner University

Coastal Bend College (CBC) sophomore student athlete Alyssa Reyes has become the second CBC softball player to sign a letter of intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Schreiner University. She is heading to Kerrville, Texas this fall to play softball as a catcher and utility player for the Mountaineers.

This May, Reyes will graduate from CBC with an Associate of Applied Science. While at Schreiner she plans on majoring in biology and obtaining a teaching certification. After graduation she plans on becoming a high school science teacher and softball coach. She is the daughter of John and Sharon Reyes and is originally from Ganado, Texas.

“I am thankful that CBC gave me the opportunity to play softball and continue my education,” said Reyes. “I’ve had a great overall experience because they meet all of my needs as a student athlete. I’m looking forward to playing softball at Schreiner, but as of right now I’m looking forward to a great last season at CBC with my coaches and teammates.”

The CBC softball team will be back in action on February 13 and 14 when they head to Midland, Texas to participate in the Midland Tournament. Don’t miss any of the CBC softball team action this season, please visit for more information.