CBC Softball player signs with Schreiner University

Softball SigningHeadline: CBC Softball player signs with Schreiner University

Coastal Bend College (CBC) sophomore student athlete Alyssa Reyes has become the second CBC softball player to sign a letter of intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Schreiner University. She is heading to Kerrville, Texas this fall to play softball as a catcher and utility player for the Mountaineers.

This May, Reyes will graduate from CBC with an Associate of Applied Science. While at Schreiner she plans on majoring in biology and obtaining a teaching certification. After graduation she plans on becoming a high school science teacher and softball coach. She is the daughter of John and Sharon Reyes and is originally from Ganado, Texas.

“I am thankful that CBC gave me the opportunity to play softball and continue my education,” said Reyes. “I’ve had a great overall experience because they meet all of my needs as a student athlete. I’m looking forward to playing softball at Schreiner, but as of right now I’m looking forward to a great last season at CBC with my coaches and teammates.”

The CBC softball team will be back in action on February 13 and 14 when they head to Midland, Texas to participate in the Midland Tournament. Don’t miss any of the CBC softball team action this season, please visit http://www.coastalbend.edu/Softball/ for more information.

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 lupegg@coastalbend.edu 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 foundation@coastalbend.edu. You may also donate online at www.showussomelove.org.

CBC & PEC Premier to Offer Oil & Gas Safety Training

Coastal Bend College and the Petroleum Education Council (PEC) Premier will hold a signing ceremony to kick-off the start of the Oil Patch Preparation System (OPPS) Short-Term Training Project. The signing ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. inside the Robert J. Beasley Administration Building, Sandy Dirks Board Room at the Beeville campus.

Tom Pauken, the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), will be present at the signing ceremony for the OPPS Project. He has served as Commissioner since appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2008, and was the TWC Chairman until April 2012. Pauken has decades of public service experience including serving in the White House Counsel’s Office under President Reagan, in addition to having held numerous leadership positions and being a United States Army veteran.

The OPPS Project is a 5-day entry level training and job placement program that is designed to help students gain the skills needed to get started in oil and gas safety related occupations. Students in the OPPS Project will receive hands-on training in addition to classroom instruction, and the training credential is transferrable. The program is being customized to meet employer and industry demands in the Eagle Ford Shale area, and would be a good opportunity for entry-level workers, veterans, and people who want to work in safety related occupations get started on a career path.

“There is a high demand for qualified workers, and the OPPS Project provides the knowledge and skills they need to get their foot in the door and earn money. Working alongside PEC Premier has opened up a great opportunity to help serve our community,” said Lillian Garza, Director of Customized and Continuing Education for CBC.

Before enrolling in the OPPS Project, a student has to undergo an interview and basic drug screening to ensure the student is a viable candidate for the project. Once accepted, the student will enroll in the OPPS Project and attend class from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for five days. Upon successful completion of the training, the students will receive a hardhat, steel toe rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection to help them get to work in oil and gas safety occupations.

The OPPS Project is scheduled to begin February 2013 at the Pleasanton campus. To register for the program or to find out more information, please contact Lillian Garza at (361) 354-2331 or Nora Cartwright at (361) 354-2230.

Coastal Bend College athletes recruited to play university basketball

Cougars head to university

Cougar basketballers, seated from left, Charles Mells, Phadarius Taylor and David Atkins, have each signed to play basketball at the university level. CBC Basketball Coach Larry Mendez, standing left, and Assistant Basketball Coach Colt Walker helped the athletes make that dream a reality.

Three Coastal Bend College Cougar basketball players recently committed themselves to play for universities across the country.

Charles Mells, a 6’11” Center from Miami, Fla. earned a full scholarship to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. Mells, a graduate of Choice Learning Academy in Miami, is the son of Juanita Mells. His siblings are Erica, Latoya, Christopher, Lashonda, Shantericka, Stephanie and Bernard.

Phadarius Taylor, a 6’2” Shooting Guard from Jacksonville, Fla. will go on to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Taylor is a graduate of Samuel W. Wolfson Senior High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He is the son of Bridgette Johnson and has two siblings: Michael and La’Tara. Taylor will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree from Coastal Bend College on May 11.

David Atkinson, a 6’7.5” McAllen native, played Small Forward for the Cougars. He is a graduate of McAllen High School and a 2010 Texas Scholar. He is the son of David Atkinson and Lahoma Petterson. Atkinson’s siblings are Tiff any, Austin and Alexander.

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Walking trail closed on April 13

Coastal Bend College officials announced the one-day closure of the walking trail on the Beeville Campus on Friday, April 13. Patrons are asked to stay out of the area to avoid potential safety hazards. The trail will reopen the following day.