Coastal Bend College receives Achieving the Dream Leader College recertification through 2018

Headline: Coastal Bend College receives Achieving the Dream Leader College recertification through 2018 


Sub Headline: CBC has been honored with Leader College designation since 2009

Coastal Bend College (CBC) received recertification as an Achieving the Dream Leader College through 2018. The College initially received Leader College status in 2009.

Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success and completion.

Leader Colleges are demonstrating the power of the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement by raising persistence and graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Each college approaches the work differently, but with the guidance of the model and Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success.

Additionally, each Leader College has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention that is advancing student outcomes. The intervention is of sufficient scale to benefit a substantial proportion of the total target student population. Indeed, these institutions have met high standards of practice and performance and Achieving the Dream expects these colleges to support other colleges within the Achieving the Dream community of learners.

“I am supremely excited that our colleagues across the nation recognize excellence at CBC. Our faculty and staff make a positive difference in our work with students. In this National Reform Agenda, we are at the forefront of student success; with that level of responsibility, we make serving our students with a positive college experience a top priority,” said CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza.

The College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), CBC Smart Start, is the college’s approach to boosting student success rates for first-time college students. The QEP is includes mandatory student orientation, a dedicated advisor, and enrollment in “My Cougar Course,” otherwise known as EDUC 1300. The three QEP components work together to provide students with the knowledge and access to student support services at all CBC locations and online. As a result, the College has seen increases in success and graduation rates in first-time college students.

Developmental education (DE) initiatives to increase the number of students advancing to and completing college level coursework continues to be a top priority for CBC. CBC has reduced the number of DE courses students have to take, curriculum was revamped to improve student learning, and faculty received training on how to increase student engagement and success in the classroom. For the last two academic years, CBC’s Mathematics Division has implemented the New Mathways Project – a statewide initiative led by the University of Texas (UT) Dana Center – to help redesign the math curriculum to make the concepts easier to learn for students.

Looking forward, CBC will continue to strive to improve on the services, initiatives and programs offered to students district wide. For more information on the College’s programs and course offerings, please visit

CBC Beeville changes business hours to better serve students

Headline: CBC Beeville changes business hours to better serve students

In order to better serve students, the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus will change their hours of operation for select offices beginning Monday, October 12, 2015. The new business hours are: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for the business, financial aid, admissions, advising and testing offices. For more Information, please call (361) 354-2266 or visit

CBC September Board Meeting Highlights STEM Related Initiatives at the College

Headline: CBC September Board Meeting Highlights STEM Related Initiatives at the College

BEEVILLE, TX— At the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustee regular meeting on September 23, Project OASIS provided the Board with an update on their grant progress. Project OASIS 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.

The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is a part of the Project OASIS grant. ALA provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits at an accelerated pace of four, six or 10 weeks. These courses are offered to students during non-traditional class times such as weekends and evenings. ALA courses are also offered at an accelerated pace with a hybrid format that includes both face-to-face as well as an online (Internet) component. Financial aid is available for students who qualify and courses are offered year round with rolling admission.

Project OASIS was also able to establish the Science Learning Commons on the Beeville campus to complement the newly renovated science laboratories. The Science Learning Commons houses technology and tools that help supplement their classroom instruction. Science Case Manager Taylor Tomlin has been instrumental in creating an awareness and interest for the activities hosted at the Science Learning Commons such as tie-dye, stargazing and other science related workshops.

Students have also had the opportunity to attend various STEM related field trips and guest lectures. Tomlin was also instrumental in the College gaining a PepsiCo Dream Machine. The PepsiCo Dream Machine is a recycling kiosk located in the James R. Dougherty Student Center that provides CBC faculty, staff and students with convenient ways to recycle their bottles or cans. For every bottle or can students place in the Dream Machine, they receive reward points to redeem for prizes, including local entertainment, dining and more.

The Board adopted a proposed tax rate of 0.17738 at the regularly scheduled August 24 board meeting. The College held two required public hearings on September 2 and September 9. No requests regarding the College’s proposed tax rate were received. Through a record vote, the Board decided to adopt the tax rate of 0.17738.

Dr. Espinoza’s President’s Report highlighted upcoming events that are scheduled to take place throughout the remainder of 2015. On Saturday, November 7, CBC will host the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held at the CBC Beeville campus in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium at 6 p.m. Information about the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant is available online at

In celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary, the CBC Foundation is hosting the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala. The Gala will benefit students and programs at all CBC locations. This fundraising event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14 at CBC Beeville’s Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). Tickets ranging from $25-$100 are available for purchase online at or by calling the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348.

About the CBC Board of Trustees:

The CBC Board of Trustees is comprised of seven elected trustees that serve six-year terms. Their regularly scheduled meeting is on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm on the Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus, Robert J. Beasley Administration Building inside the Sandy Dirks Board Room. Meeting notices, agendas and board packets can be found online at

93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


Ninety-three Coastal Bend College (CBC) students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) for the fall 2015 semester. Nearly 50 CBC students from the College’s four locations participated in the induction ceremony held on October 1 at the CBC Beeville campus.

The students were honored with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony as family and friends gathered in support. PTK is endorsed by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society of two-year colleges. The organization recognizes academic excellence and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service. In order to be part of PTK, students must have above a 3.5 grade point average.

The fall 2015 inductees were:

Ana Acevedo, Leana Adams, Mikayla Adams, Michael Alfaro, Dustin Almaraz, Norma Balboa, Alfredo Benavidez, Benjamin Brewer, Haley Brynelsen, Amanda Burger, Courtney Cantu, Emily Carabajal, Mary Carter, Natalie Cash, Laura Castellanos, Jaime Catete, Connor Christie, Cameron Clark, Max Clarke, Alyssa Cleary, Joel Contreras, Rini Dangelewicz, Stephen De La Garza, Marilyn De La Torre, Amber De Pau, Margaret Downing, Zandra Emanuel, Mary Galindo, Erin Gallagher, Hector Garcia, Maricela Garcia, Samantha Garza, Savannah Garza, Melanie Gonzalez, Mary Gower, Christian Granado, Crystal Hargrove, Seth Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Kylee Henderson, Dual Herzog, Leslie Holick, Brittany Johnson, Samuel Kalu, Liana Laso, Benito Lazo, Melvin Listenbee, Isiah Longoria, Claryssa Luera, Tesla Martin, Melanie Martinez, Anyssa Medrano, Kaliana Meineke, Domonique Middleton, Tristian Moore, Maria Moreno, Diana Munselle, Patricia Myers, Alexis Navarrette, Monica Ostos, Brock Paris, Amit Patel, Elisa Perez, Joshua Perez, Minh-Chau Pham, April Pruneda, Mikayla Ramirez, Natalie Rivas, Brenda Robledo, Tyra Rodas, Sara Ruiz, Samantha Salazar, Christopher Salvador, Breanna Sanchez, Joshua Schwindt, Lorenzo Serna, Bailey Skinner, Rebecca Sonnenberg-Rogers, Jennifer Stewart, Lena Summers, Brenna Tipps, Monica Tompkins, Alexis Trevino, Eryka Vasquez, Adrian Vera, Vanessa Villa, Katarina Wilcox, Avery Wright, Walker Wright, and Robert Wyman.

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at

CBC Beeville hosts Club Day for student body

Headline: CBC hosts Club Day for student body


Photo Cutline: CBC Radiology Club students were on hand to promote their student club at CBC’s Club Day on September 30. The radiology club hosts fundraisers throughout the year to attend an annual spring radiologic technology conference.

On Wednesday, September 30, Coastal Bend College (CBC) hosted their annual Club Day inside of the James R. Dougherty Student Center. The various clubs and organizations at CBC offer opportunities for students to connect through their mutual interests.

Representatives from clubs and organizations were present to provide interested students with information regarding membership. All clubs and organizations are open for membership to any CBC student, with the exception of certain honorary societies.

For more information about the student clubs and organizations, please contact CBC’s Student Life and Housing Coordinator Domingo Martinez III at (361) 354-2772 or via email at