Coastal Bend College was recently named George West Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month, an honor given to local businesses for their impact on the county.
“Coastal Bend College is proud to be a good partner with George West Chamber of Commerce, as well as with all chambers of commerce in our service area,” said CBC Dean of Institutional Advancement Glynis Holm Strause, a lifelong resident of George West. Strause was named to the Chamber of Commerce Wall of Honor in 2010. “It is important for us that the citizens of our service area where there is not a campus know that we are available to them to meet their needs for credit, non-credit, dual credit and online courses.”
CBC is a full-service public two-year community college with academic transfer and workforce credit courses, online courses, customized and continuing education, and dual credit courses. Approximately 3,500 students, including hundreds each year from Live Oak County, are served.
The 47-year old institution has 250 employees, including Live Oak County residents: Dianne Addison, Mary Kay Best, Mark Brown, Evelyn Cook, Floyd Green, Jeanene Jones, Ed Massey, Jeri Morton, Heather Sheffield, Josie Schuenemann, Kristy Schroeder, Becky Simonson, Ben Tanguma, Millie Powell and April Zapata.
The college has campuses in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton. Classes are also taught online and at CBC Lott Canada Facility in Beeville, where adult basic education, English as a Second Language, and GED® classes are held.
Coastal Bend College was formed in 1965 and began classes in 1967 as Bee County College. In 1998, with a change in the service area to include nine counties (Atascosa, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Live Oak and McMullen), it was renamed Coastal Bend College to reflect this expanded mission.
Within the Customized and Continuing Education Department, the Petroleum Industry Training program seeks to provide training customized for the petroleum industry serving the Eagle Ford Shale play.
Coastal Bend College is involved in activities and organizations in all nine counties it serves. CBC is proud to be a member of the George West Chamber of Commerce and to provide dual credit classes to students in Live Oak County.