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 jwyoung@coastalbend.edu.

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 ode@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Alice Site to host TRiO Day

Headline: CBC Alice Site to host TRiO Day

Sub headline: Two 2015 TRiO Outstanding Students to be announced

The TRiO Educational Talent Search Program will celebrate TRiO Day on Friday, Jan. 30 beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) – Alice Site. TRiO Day will conduct concurrent sessions that highlight college and career readiness topics for all high school students who attend. Two students will also be recognized at the event as the 2015 TRiO Outstanding Students.

TRiO Day is an annual nationwide celebration that recognizes the value of programs such as TRiO. The celebration takes place to commemorate the positive impact that TRiO has on its students and to reflect on the higher education opportunities that are created through the program.

This program creates accessibility of higher education for disadvantaged high school students throughout the area. Through TRiO, CBC proudly offers the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program. ETS is a program that identifies and assists students who have the desire to pursue a higher education. The program offers students financial, academic and career counseling. ETS also encourages high school students, who are in the program, to graduate from high school and continue on to complete their higher education.

ETS counselors aid students in pursuing a higher education and provide guidance through the application process for their secondary education. The overall goal of ETS is to increase the number of high school and higher education graduations of youth who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

With an annual award of $ 230,000, the Educational Talent Search program at the CBC Alice Site proudly serves high school students from Alice, Benavides, Falfurrias, Freer, Orange Grove, Premont and San Diego.

If you would like more information, please contact the Educational Talent Search Program via phone at 361-664-2981 ext. 3081 or via email at josiels@coastalbend.edu.

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 http://coastalbend.edu/facultysenate14-15/.

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 ode@coastalbend.edu 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 www.coastalbend.edu/board.

Arismendez named Interim Director for CBC Alice site

DeeDee_Press ReleaseHeadline: Arismendez named Interim Director for CBC Alice site

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Omedi “Dee Dee” Arismendez as the interim director for the CBC Alice site. As the interim director, Arismendez will manage operations at the CBC Alice site, as well as ensure that CBC has an active presence in Alice and Jim Wells County. Her over two decades of customer service and higher education experience will be an asset to CBC staff, students and community members.

Arismendez is a native of Alice who graduated from Alice High School. After graduation she pursued higher education at Bee County College where she received her Associate in Applied Science. She later transferred to Texas A & M – Kingsville where she received a Bachelor of Applied Sciences. For the last eight years, Arismendez has worked with the TRiO Educational Talent Search program at the CBC Alice site helping high school students prepare for college.

Her dedication to the Alice community is evident through her legacy of volunteering her time and talents to various local organizations. She is actively involved with the Alice Rotary Club of America, Alice Chamber of Commerce, Jim Wells County Fair Association, American Cancer Association and the V. F. W. Ladies Auxiliary 1760. Within each of these organizations, she has held various leadership positions including president elect, ambassador, board of director and chairperson.

Through her own educational and career journey, she has learned the pivotal role and duty that an higher education institution has in the community, and she is dedicated to making higher education at CBC accessible to everyone. As the newly appointed director for the Alice site, Arismendez will continue to foster CBC’s student success centered learning environment by ensuring quality experiences for all visitors to the site.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as the Interim Director for the CBC Alice Site. I am looking forward to continuing working with CBC Alice staff, students and community members. Our students end up being a part of our growing workforce and economy in Jim Wells County, and I’m here to ensure they succeed every step of the way.”

To contact Arismendez, please visit the CBC Alice site located at 704 Coyote Trail, or contact her via email at deedeea@coastalbend.edu or via phone at (361) 664-2981 ext. 3030.