Coastal Bend College awards $86,000 to Bee County graduates

Coastal Bend College (CBC) continues to provide students in Bee County with the opportunity to pursue a higher education. CBC awarded $86,000 in scholarships to over 26 high school seniors from A. C. Jones High School and Skidmore-Tynan High School.

Students, from both high schools, who were in the top 10-percent of their graduating class, received an academic scholarship worth $2,000 ($500 a semester) at CBC. A CBC scholarship was also awarded to students who wish to attend CBC; the scholarship is worth $1,600 ($400 per semester) at CBC.

Both the CBC Academic Scholarship and the CBC Scholarship are renewable for up to four semesters (two years) at any CBC location. The scholarships are renewable each semester as long as the student completes at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintains the appropriate grade point average for their respective scholarship.

Graduates from A. C. Jones High School and Skidmore-Tynan High School who received an academic and/or general scholarship to attend CBC include:
Aylissa Allen
Daniel Alvarez
Angelika Benavidez
Raj Bhakta
John Cirone
Marissa Coronado
Christian Cuellar
Sarah DeLeon
Loren Flores
Stephanie Garcia
Cecilia Gonzales
Maricella Gonzales
Clarissa Ibarra
Alexandria Lara
Tracey Lynes
Marissa Medellin
Kaliana Meineke
Joshua Munoz
Ashley Olivarez
Elias Perez III
Alanis Rodriguez
Lorena Rosales
Hailey Ruiz
Sylvia Sarate
Dominique Vera

A. C. Jones and Skidmore- Tynan students are both considered in-district for CBC. In-district students who attend CBC will save money by not having to pay costly out-of-district fees. CBC’s scholarships will offset the costs of pursuing a higher education for students as well as their families.

Students who attend CBC will have the opportunity to utilize their CBC academic and/or general scholarship as well as financial aid and outside scholarships. For more information about CBC academic and general scholarships, please contact CBC’s Financial Aid Advisor Candy Fuller via phone at (361) 354-2237 or via email at

Annual career fair generates connections for CBC students and community members

2015 CBC Career Fair


Photo Cutline: Individuals who attended the Coastal Bend College Community & Career Fair were able to speak with representatives from Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend about financial assistance and the career paths that students are able to pursue after they complete their program of study.


Headline: Annual career fair generates connections for CBC students and community members

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville Campus, along with Kicker 106 and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB), hosted the Coastal Bend College Community Career & Job Fair on March 25 in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center.

CBC provided students and community members with opportunities to connect with over 40 local and state employers in a variety of professions. Individuals were able to speak one-on-one with various representatives about employment opportunities that are currently available within their businesses/agencies.

“Our goal at CBC is to provide our students with the tools and opportunities that are necessary to be successful not only in the classroom, but also in their future professions,” CBC’s Dean of Student Services Lupe Ganceres said. “This year we were able to attract employers seeking our current students that have majored in various programs that CBC offers. We hope that this event continues to grow and aid in the future endeavors of past, present and future CBC students.”

Each academic and workforce program that CBC offers equips students with the skills and knowledge to help them have a successful transition into the workforce. Producing high quality employees to meet the demands of the Coastal Bend economy and workforce is a top priority at CBC.

“Coastal Bend College has a lot to offer not only the Victoria Police Department, but the City of Victoria as a whole,” Patrol Officer Andy Garcia said. “The students that they have to offer graduate college with a certificate or two-year degree and that is exactly what we are looking for. A two-year degree from a college with a distinguished program is a perfect fit for the Victoria Police Department.”

Employers who were unable to attend the career fair should contact the CBC Career Services Office via phone or via email to make arrangements for job postings to appear on a career service and employer network that is available to all current CBC students.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming career fairs at the Alice, Kingsville or Pleasanton Site, please contact the CBC Career Services Office via phone at 361-354-2728, or via email at

Over 40 CBC faculty members awarded new academic ranks

HEADLINE: Over 40 CBC faculty members awarded new academic ranks

BEEVILLE, TX—At the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustee regular meeting on January 21, 42 faculty members received new academic/professorship ranks as part of the College’s faculty title system. Each fall semester, faculty may submit an application to be granted either the assistant professor (0-4 years experience), associate professor (5-10 years experience), or professor (over 10 years of experience) title. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their new titles:

Assistant Professors: Jennifer Arismendez, Jarod Bleibdrey, Charles Daniels, George Fiegel, Gino Garza, Kimberlee Garza, Katherine Gifford, Janet Gonzalez, Stephanie Guardiola, Loana Hernandez, Karen Jordan, Audrey Lorberau, Linda Millard, Cynthia Newton, Richard Olivares, Nicole Poritsanos, Melanie Reeves, Leonard Scott, Richard Trevino and Kimberly Verrilli.

Associate Professors: Brian Anderson, Robert Coley, Kathleen Cuyler, Phyllis Garcia, Salvador Garza, George Guidry, James Hunt, Lavinia Isassi, Larry Mendez, Jr., Angelica Rea, Joel Schmit, Irma Trevino, Ludie Tyran and Ronika Williams.

Professors: Mark Brown, Karl J. Clark, Karyn Mills, Christi Morgan, Enrique Rodriguez, Margaret Rojas, Mark Secord and Jack Young.

Faculty Senate President Daniel Vernazza presented information about the faculty senate. As president, Vernazza serves as the liaison to upper administration by working alongside Vice President of Instruction Dr. Kyle Wagner to bring forth ideas, concerns and information from the faculty members. The senate meets on a monthly basis and is open to all CBC faculty members from all CBC locations. Minutes, agendas and by-laws are available on their website at

The Board of Trustees approved various local policies as part of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) annual update, and they also approved a resolution authorizing early turnover and additional penalties to be collected from delinquent personal property taxes. The resolution authorizes the Bee County Tax Office to collect monies owed from property taxes in a more expedient manner.

During the president’s report, CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza highlighted several accomplishments by CBC students and staff. The A.C. Jones High School Welding Team took home 1st place honors at the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Welding Competition in Robstown on January 9. The welding students are enrolled in CBC’s Dual Enrollment Program, which awards high school students with college credit for courses. To date, the program provides dual enrollment services to over 32 high schools in the South Texas region. For more information about the dual enrollment program, please email or call (361) 354-2714.

The CBC Marketing and Public Relations Department received notice of being a college finalist in the social media marketing category for the National Council on Marketing and Public Relation’s (NCMPR) prestigious Paragon Awards that recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two- year colleges. The college will be awarded either a bronze, silver, or gold Paragon Award at the NCMPR National Conference in Portland, OR in March 2015.

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

CBC hosts community open house for its new state-of-the-art Cougar Center facility

Headline: CBC hosts community open house for its new state-of-the-art Cougar Center facility

Sub Headline: R.W. Dirks to be honored at event for his commitment to higher education

BEEVILLE, TX— Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest facility on campus, the Cougar Center. The Cougar Center, located in the R.W. Dirks Student Services Building, houses the admissions, registrar, and financial aid offices and is designed to be a one-stop location for students seeking to pursue higher education. Additionally, during peak registration times, a representative from the CBC Business Office will be in the center to help facilitate payment plans for students.

CBC invites all community members from Beeville and the surrounding areas to tour the new facility on January 21 at 4:30 p.m. during our Cougar Center Open House. The building’s namesake, R. W. Dirks, will be honored at the event for his decades of service and commitment to CBC, as well as his dedication to education in Bee County.

Dirks served as a CBC Board of Trustee member from 1971 through 2008 and also served on the Pettus Independent School District Board. To date, Dirks has donated over $170,000 to support CBC, and he is the inaugural member of the CBC Founders Circle Legacy Donor tier.

In addition to housing the new state-of-the-art Cougar Center, the R. W. Dirks Student Services Building showcases a variety of services that the College offers its students at no additional cost to current students. Its 19,000 square feet also houses career counseling, advising, tutoring, testing, and other student success services.

Questions about the Cougar Center and its services should be directed to Lupe Ganceres, interim dean of student services, via email at or via telephone at (361) 354-2712. For information on how you can help support higher education innovation and opportunities at CBC, please contact the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at You may also donate online at

CBC leadership presents at ACCT Leadership Congress


Coastal Bend College President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, center, recently accompanied Laura Fischer, CBC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, and Carroll Lohse, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman, to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Chicago. Also present at the Leadership Congress, although not pictured, were CBC trustees Victor Gomez and DeeDee Bernal. The team was there to lead a session titled, “Student Access and Success Model.” The session highlighted the partnership between the College and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend—a partnership that has increased access and opportunities for students to gain workforce education and embark on a career all in one location.