CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

Headline: CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) programs at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. UB and UB GOST are college prep programs that are designed to assist high school students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation college students. As a part of a federally funded grant, participating in the UB programs comes at no cost to the student.

CBC’s UB programs provide students with the support that is necessary to pursue and complete a higher education. The programs also provide a number of services that will assist students in college readiness including academic/financial aid advising, educational field trips, tutoring, educational/cultural workshops, college admissions assistance, college entrance exam preparation, scholarship assistance and career exploration.

The programs generally meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the CBC Beeville campus throughout the academic year (September through May). Saturdays are filled with academic enrichment courses, tutoring, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, UB’s academic advisors will also make frequent visits to each student’s respective school to provide one-on-one counseling guidance.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a six-week long stay at CBC Beeville’s Benton Hall dormitory. This summer component provides program participants with a glimpse into college life by living at the dorms and taking dual enrollment courses. During their stay, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural events and enrichment activities.

After the successful completion of high school, qualifying UB students enroll at CBC for their first semester of college. UB students receive tutoring services as well as advising from UB program advisors.

The UB program at CBC Beeville serves 85 students per academic year from the following high schools: Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. CBC’s UB GOST program serves 50 students per academic year from the following high schools: George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft. Interested high school freshmen and sophomores should be sure to fill out an application for the program(s) as soon as possible. The UB application is currently available online at www.coastalbend.edu/ub.

For more information about CBC’s UB program, please contact CBC UB’s Project Director Cheryl Baird at 361-354-2716 or via email at cheryl@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Board Summary: August 2016

CBC Receives Two TRiO Grant Awards to Service Students at 19 High Schools

Sub-Headline: CBC Talent Search Annual Award is $617,759 from 2017-2021

BEEVILLE, TX— CBC Board approved to accept the notification of grant award for two TRiO Talent Search grant programs in Beeville and Alice at their regular meeting on August 17, 2016. This year marks year one of five and the total annual grant award is $322,080 and $295,679 for Beeville and Alice, respectively.

CBC’s Talent Search program in Beeville will serve 671 at-risk high school students from 12 high schools in the following counties: Bee, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio and San Patricio. In Alice, the Talent Search program will serve 616 at-risk high school students from seven high schools in Brooks, Duval and Jim Wells counties. Student applications from participating high schools are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information contact the Office of the Executive Dean of Student Services at 361-354-2300.

The CBC Trustees also proposed to set the effective tax rate of 0.185240 for the 2016 year. The board will vote on this agenda item at the regular board meeting on September 21, 2016.

The board approved to move forward on contracting Ellucian to restructure CBC’s student and management information system (SIS/MIS).  The new system will take 24-36 months to transition and cost approximately $1.5 million. Key features of Ellucian’s SIS include robust student data and success features, seamless integration across multiple departments, an emergency messaging system, and improved efficiency for state, federal and internal reporting.

Effective September 1, all full-time employees will receive a 2% cost of living adjustment and adjunct faculty will receive compensation at the rate of $600 per semester credit hour – an increase of $50 per semester credit hour. This helps the college remain competitive and attract quality adjunct personnel for its course offerings.

CBC Trustees received an update about the College’s safety plan. The CBC Safety Committee co-chairs stated that part of the updated safety plan entails adding an outdoor audible warning system to aid in disseminating information quickly in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Emergency blue light phone kiosks are also being considered as additions to the parking lot areas of the sites in Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton, and around the Beeville campus and walking trail.

President Espinoza announced that CBC’s NJCAA fall sports are underway. We invite the community to come out and support our men’s soccer team with a majority being international students and our women’s volleyball team with recruits from all over Texas. For game schedules please visit www.coastalbend.edu/athletics.

For more information on Coastal Bend College please visit our website at www.coastalbend.edu or contact the Office of the President at 361-354-2200.

Photo Release: CBC Pleasanton Cosmetology


From left to right: Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton cosmetology students Kerry Esquivel from Floresville, Crystal Rivera from Pleasanton, and Erika Reyna from Pleasanton were excited to begin the fall semester on August 22.

The trio is in their second semester of cosmetology and will graduate in spring 2017. CBC Pleasanton’s cosmetology program provides low-cost salon services to the general public each semester. For more information, please call (830) 569-4222 ext. 1215.

CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

Headline: CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Registered Nursing (RN) program recently hosted a pinning and candle lighting ceremony for graduates who successfully completed the program. Family, friends, and members of the community joined 14 graduates at the CBC Beeville campus for the annual ceremony.

The annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony is an annual ceremony that celebrates the success of the College’s RN graduates and symbolizes a rite of passage into the registered nursing profession. During the ceremony, each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin serves as a reminder to assist those who are injured, sick or dying. The lamp that each graduate receives symbolizes a student’s intention to carry out Florence Nightingale’s, the founder of modern day nursing, dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward. Each graduates lamp was lit as they recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge.

Students who were honored at the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony include:

Lee Courtney

Andrea Garcia

Cody N. Garcia

Leila Gonzalez

Rebecca Heinaman

Patricia Isom

Peggy S. Kee

Amanda M. Perez

Felicita Ramirez

Angela Marie Romero

Janette Isabel Ruiz

Melissa Salaiz

Crystal Ann Schultz

Jessica Nicole Webb

For more information about CBC’s Nursing program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.

CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton

Headline: CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton


Photo Cutline: Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) President and CEO Cody Knowlton, center, presents a $5,000 grant to CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks, left, and CBC Foundation Board of Director Douglas Best, right. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for CNA students at CBC Pleasanton.

PLEASANTON, TX—The Coastal Bend College Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA). The grant will provide scholarships and support to students enrolled in the certified nursing assistant (CNA) program at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“CBC’s CNA program is a wonderful way for people to get their careers started in the health care profession,” said CBC Dean of Workforce and Pleasanton Site Director Julia Garcia

Scholarships will be awarded to students whose permanent residence is in the BHFSA eight county service area and whose intent, following certification, is to remain and seek employment in the BHFSA’s eight county service area.

The Coastal Bend College Foundation applied for the grant in response to the expected population growth and health provider shortage area status for Atascosa County.

CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks stated that the Foundation applied for the grant in response to the high demand in the Atascosa County region for quality healthcare professionals.

“Hopefully this opportunity will encourage more students to enroll who otherwise would not be able to afford the program. It’s an honor for the CBC Foundation to play a role in helping educate the next generation of nurses,” Wilbanks said.

CBC’s CNA program in Pleasanton is about a semester long and accepts 15 students per cohort. Students interested in more information can contact Cora Sain, allied health administrative support specialist, at (361) 354-2732 or via email at csain@coastalbend.edu.

For more information about the CNA program scholarships, contact the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at ewilbanks@coastalbend.edu.

About the Baptist Health Foundation:

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio was incorporated in 2004 to distribute grants annually to not-for-profit organizations which provide healthcare services and healthcare education throughout Bexar County and contiguous counties in South Texas.