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 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

CBC Foundation to host Gala in honor of the College’s 50th Anniversary

Headline: CBC Foundation to host Gala in honor of the College’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) 50th year in providing higher education and career opportunities to South Texas. In celebration of this milestone, the CBC Foundation is hosting a CBC 50th Anniversary Gala to benefit students and programs at all CBC locations.

The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, November 14 at 3800 Charco Road in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). Festivities kick-off at 6:30 pm with dinner from Werner’s Steakhouse, a keynote address, silent and live auctions, comedian Mike Hickman, and live music by The Gary Glenn Band. Tickets are $50 each.

VIP tickets that include valet parking, preferred seating and access to a VIP cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30-6:30 pm are also available for $100.

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and current president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, Todd Staples, is the keynote speaker for the gala.

Community members who are interested in attending the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala are able to purchase their tickets online at, or by calling the foundation at 361-354-2348.

The CBC Foundation is pleased to announce Pioneer Natural Resources as the title sponsor of the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala. The College is honored to also have received an immense amount of support from various organizations and businesses who support CBC’s mission of educating South Texas: Beeville Publishing; Christus Spohn Health System; KIII-TV; NavyArmy Community Credit Union; Targa Resources; Uranium Energy Corp (UEC); and Frank and Martha Warner. Corporate sponsorships are available and a portion of each sponsorship and each ticket is tax-deductible.

For more information about the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala, please contact the Executive Director of the CBC Foundation Pete Wyro at (361) 354-2447 or via email at Information about the event can also be found online at

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