Bee County Junior College District was created by election on November 2, 1965. The election resulted from several years of work to establish a community college for Bee County. Support was shown by residents in an overwhelming five-to-one majority for the creation of the district. The desire for a community college was again demonstrated on December 7, 1965, when district citizens approved a tax to support Bee County College (BCC), and bond issues to build the college.
The Board of Trustees changed the college name from Bee County College to Coastal Bend College on September 1, 1998. The name change was made because the service area was extended by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1995. The Coastal Bend College service area includes Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak, and McMullen counties, and parts of Atascosa and Kleberg counties.
The original board of trustees was Robert J. Beasley, George F. Elam, Jr., Frank Jostes, Fred C. Latcham, Jr., Peter S. Marecek, Paul A. Schulz and George Spikes. The board, elected in November, selected Grady C. Hogue as the first BCC President. Its second chief executive, Dr. Norman E. Wallace, became president in 1984. Dr. John M. Brockman, became the college’s third president on September 1, 1999. CBC’s fourth president, Dr. Thomas B. Baynum came to the college in 2007. The current interim president is Dr. Carry DeAtley.
Bee County College opened in September 1967 with 790 students, 24 full-time instructors and 11 part-time teachers. Enrollment in academic, workforce education, and continuing education classes during the fall of 2016 was 5,044.
Beeville and Bee County Bee County was organized in 1858, and Beeville, the county seat, was developed in 1860. The City of Beeville was incorporated in 1908. Today, major segments of the economy are farming, ranching, oil, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The following meta-majors are offered at CBC:
Allied Health (C.N.A., Dental Hygiene, Medical Coding, Phlebotomy and Medication Aide, Radiographic, RN and LVN – nursing)
General Studies (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science)
Industrial (Automotive, Oil & Gas, and Welding)
Professional Services (Administrative Assistant and Medical Office Specialization, Business Management* and Business Administration Field of Study*)
Public Services (Cosmetology, Early Development and Education, Forensics, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, AAT – Teaching Early Childhood Specialization, AAT – Teaching General Studies – Secondary Education and AAT – Teaching General Studies)
STEM (Pre-engineering*, Drafting and Design, Computer Information Technology, Process Technology, Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
The Beeville campus, located at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville, is a hub of active student activity and welcoming advisors, directors, and faculty. All employees at the site are there to serve our students and to help guide their path to success! We offer both credit classes in academic areas (such as the Core Curriculum) which transfer to any college or university. Both the Academic area and the Workforce area offer opportunities for future employment by skills training and by providing access to a Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend Center on site. We work with area Indepdendent School Districts to offer Dual Credit courses to students still attending high school as well as Dual Enrollment classes to high school students who wish to attend CBC. We also offer for students and adults of any age interested in learning opportunities a series of continuing education classes. All of our sites provide students’ access to Library Resources through the CBC website.
The CBC Alice site is located at 704 Coyote Trail. University transfer courses and workforce education programs in accounting, computer information technology, child development, general office management, law enforcement, office automation technology, nursing, and welding technology are offered in Alice. Customized and Continuing Education classes and workshops are also available. Dual enrollment courses are offered on the Alice site.
The CBC Kingsville site is located at 1814 S. Brahma Boulevard. Students in Kingsville can complete academic courses that make up a university-transfer core curriculum, workforce education certificates, and degree programs in accounting, computer information technology, cosmetology, law enforcement, business management, and nursing. Customized and Continuing Education classes and workshops are also available. Dual enrollment courses are offered on the Kingsville site.
The CBC Pleasanton site at 1411 Bensdale Road offers academic-transfer courses and workforce education programs in accounting, child development, computer information technology, cosmetology, law enforcement, business management, welding, and nursing. Customized and Continuing Education classes and workshops are also available.Dual enrollment courses are offered on the Pleasanton site.