Coastal Bend College Pleasanton Site to Offer AWS Certification Seminar January 10-15, 2016

Coastal Bend College Pleasanton Site to Offer AWS Certification Seminar January 10-15, 2016


PLEASANTON, TX—Coastal Bend College Pleasanton will offer the American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Seminar from January 10 through 15, 2016. Examinations for the certifications will be held on January 16 and 17. The registration deadline is December 7, 2015.

Individuals wishing to register for the seminar should register online at by clicking on “Education” and then “Seminars”. The CBC Pleasanton seminar is listed under the San Antonio, TX region. Prices for the seminar vary depending on AWS membership status and do not include meals, lodging or travel expenses.

The AWS Certification Department gave its first certification exam in October 1976. The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) was the first industry-recognized certification that ensured high quality workmanship in welding. The success and prestige of this certification opened the doors for AWS to develop several more certifications benefiting the industry.

In the Coastal Bend region, skilled welders are in demand due to the robust economy and workforce demands brought forth through the Eagle Ford Shale. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders make an average of $17.66 to $19.67 per hour with a one-year certificate in the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas.

AWS offers over 10 different professional welding certifications, with more than 47,000 certified. To view the 2016 certification seminar schedule visit,

For more information about the AWS Seminar being held at CBC Pleasanton, please contact Katie Sherman, director of customized and continuing education, at or via phone at (830) 569-4222.

CBC crowns Mr. & Miss CBC at 50th Anniversary Scholarship Pageant

Headline: CBC crowns Mr. & Miss CBC at 50th Anniversary Scholarship Pageant


The Mr. & Miss Coastal Bend College (CBC) Scholarship Pageant featured 17 students from Beeville and the surrounding areas who were vying for over $3,500 in scholarship funds. Six of those students were selected to represent CBC throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.

Winners of the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant include 2nd runners up Mauro Luna and Grace Arden Riley; 1st runners up Connor Christie and Angelica Sanchez; and Mr. CBC Colter Dees and Miss CBC Roxanne Perez. 

CBC students who also competed in the scholarship pageant include Angelika M. Benavidez, Darren Burns, Ashton R. Cleveland, Briana A. Davila, April Gonzales-Gutierrez, Andrew C. Groseclose, Kristina Kana, Jamie M. Perez, Roxanne L. Perez, Grace A. Riley, Nikki Sandidge, Abigail Silva and Anissa Valverde.

Judges for the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant included Beeville City Councilman Bebe Adamez, Women’s Shelter of South Texas Outreach Services Director Adriana McKinnon and Beeville Main Street Program Director Michelle Clark Trevino. In addition, the Honorable Judge Stephanie Silvas was also in attendance to assist with the coronation portion of the scholarship pageant. 

Various CBC faculty, staff and students generously volunteered their time to support CBC students who competed in the scholarship pageant. CBC’s cosmetology students provided free hair and makeup services to contestants. The Pantry Convenience Stores generously sponsored breakfast for the contestants at the dress rehearsal, which took place the day before the scholarship pageant.

Community members who were unable to attend the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant may view it online for free at Photos of the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant are also available online at

CBC Marketing Brings Home Top Honors at Annual NCMPR Medallion Awards

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Marketing and Public Relations Department brought home top honors in two categories at this year’s National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ (NCMPR) District 4 Medallion Awards. The District 4 NCMPR region includes community colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

CBC earned Gold Medallion Awards in the postcard and brochure series categories. The postcard was mailed out in June 2015 to over 15,000 households in the cities of Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton to promote fall 2015 registration. Each postcard was designed to highlight recent graduates from their respective CBC location, as well as showcase the programs offered.

The brochure series highlights CBC’s workforce programs by providing prospective students with easy to read information about the cost, courses, career outlook and admissions process for each program. As part of its new branding, CBC debuted over 30 new brochures to support its academic and workforce programs in early 2015.

“These two awards showcase the diverse talents of the marketing department at Coastal Bend College. We earned a Silver Medallion Award in 2014 for a social media campaign, so to receive top honors for graphic design work for our printed marketing materials in 2015 is truly an honor,” said Monica Cruz, director of marketing and public relations.

2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar Available Now

2016 Calendar Cover.pngCoastal Bend College (CBC) is proud to announce the arrival of the 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar. The 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar features over 40 stunning photographs showcasing South Texas birds, animals, vegetation and flowers that are native to the area.

This year, 27 photographers submitted their photos for judging and 12 photographers had their work selected for inclusion. The 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar photographers were recently honored at the CBC Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala.

The 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar photographers are: Cosme Castillo of Alice; Cissy Beasley, John C. Breidenbach, Sylvia Garcia-Smith, and John West of Beeville; Sue Carter of Karnes City; Connie Black of Mathis; Dr. Robert Benson of Normanna; George Gilchrist of Papalote; Steve Kotzur of Pettus; Carroll Lohse of Skidmore; and James and Sheryl Hunt of Tynan.

Free copies of the wildlife calendar are available at all Coastal Bend College locations, Alice Chamber of Commerce, Beeville Chamber of Commerce, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, Beeville Bee-Picayune, and Hogue’s Jewelry (Beeville), while supplies last.

Photo submissions for the 2017 CBC Wildlife Calendar will be accepted in late May 2016. Any questions or inquiries about the wildlife calendar can be directed to Monica Cruz, director of marketing and public relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at