Call for Submissions: 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar. Each year, the College produces a wildlife calendar free of charge for members of the community and surrounding areas. The calendar features the work of South Texas photographers and over 3,500 are distributed to businesses and individuals throughout the United States and all over the world.

The College’s Wildlife Calendar showcases the Coastal Bend region’s native birds, flowers, insects, vegetation and wildlife. Photographers who are interested in submitting their outstanding South Texas wildlife photos have until Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m.

A three-person panel of local wildlife experts will judge the entries to select the photographs to be included in the 2018 calendar, which will be ready for distribution in time for the turn of the year.

All photographers should note that they are able to submit their enteries via CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or via an online service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. All photos must be submitted along with the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar Submission Form, which is available for download at www.coastalbend.edu/wildlife.  Additionally, submissions will not be returned and photos may not be emailed as attachments.

Photo submissions may include flowers, insects, birds, reptiles, and animals that are native to the area, as well as photos that highlight regional landscape, vegetation, and character.

Photographs that are submitted for inclusion should be bright, exceptionally sharp with a prominent subject in the photo, and taken with high-quality camera settings suitable for printing at an 8×10 inch size. Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions.

For more information about the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar, please contact CBC Director of Marketing & Public Relations Bernard Saenz at (361) 354-2258 or via email at bsaenz@coastalbend.edu.

CBC to adopt summer operating schedule beginning July 3

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) will begin the summer operating schedule beginning Monday, July 3. All CBC locations including Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

Prospective students should note that registration for the fall semester at all CBC locations is underway. Students are encouraged to register for classes online or by making an appointment with an advisor. Students with no holds on their accounts will have the opportunity to register for classes online via Campus Connect.

For more information about registration or to view course options, please visit  www.coastalbend.edu.

CBC closed for July 4

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

In observance of Independence Day, all Coastal Bend College (CBC) locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. The College and all of its offices will reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

The College will also begin the summer hours of operation throughout the month of July. Summer hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday at all CBC locations. All of the College’s locations and offices will follow the summer hours of operation schedule until Tuesday, August 1.

In addition, registration for the Fall 2017 semester is underway at all CBC locations. Prospective students are encouraged to set up an appointment with an advisor as well as complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The College’s FAFSA code is 003546.

For more information about registration for the College’s Fall 2017 semester, please visit www.coastalbend.edu.

CBC Alice gets set to host National Weather Service storm spotter training

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) Alice is excited to announce the National Weather Service will be conducting two free courses on Tuesday, July 25 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for members of the community who would like to help keep an eye on the skies in South Texas.

The courses that will be conducted include a storm spotter class as well as a disaster home preparation class. Classes will include training sessions where individuals will learn to identify potential severe weather conditions and understand how to prepare their home to withstand the severe weather.

These classes are being provided by CBC’s Continuing Education Department and will be free of charge. Individuals who would like to attend the free classes should reserve their spot by contacting CBC Continuing Education Clerk Debbie Cadena at (361) 664-2981 ext. 3039 or via email at dcadena@coastalbend.edu.

Coastal Bend College hosts ‘TRIO Tuesday’ for high school students

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo Cutline: Students from the College’s TRIO UB, UB GOST and TS programs participate in a college related game of jenga. 

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) TRIO Talent Search (TS), Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) programs recently hosted TRIO Tuesday at the College’s Beeville location. TRIO Tuesday is an event that will be hosted at CBC Beeville every Tuesday throughout the month of June.

Over 176 students from Ben Bolt, Falfurrias, Premont, Sinton, Odem, Taft, George West, Beeville, Mathis, Skidmore, Pettus, Refugio, Karnes City, Alice, Orange Grove, Ben Bolt and San Diego came out to participate in TRIO Tuesday at CBC Beeville.

The student centered event featured concurrent breakout sessions that were conducted by College faculty and staff. Breakout sessions included: college preparation jenga, ‘how to be a rock star’ power point presentation, financial literacy, road to college success board game, brain games video/game, and a test taking and anxiety presentation. Students in attendance also received a fun-filled trip to the Alamo Draft House in Corpus Christi.

“I am amazed at how wonderful our students are,” TRIO UB Project Director Cheryl Baird said. “The students in the TRIO programs are willing to come to the College on a day during their summer vacation to learn and have fun. I also love seeing the new friendships that are being built as all of these towns come to one central location.”

The TRIO TS program is designed to identify students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the academic potential to succeed in higher education and provides them with academic tutoring and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; and support for applying for college.

CBC Beeville’s TRIO TS program currently serves students at the following high schools: A. C. Jones High School, George West High School, Karnes City High School, Kenedy High School, Mathis High School, Odem High School, Pettus High School, Refugio High School, Runge High School, Skidmore-Tynan High School, Taft High School and Three Rivers High School.

Additionally, UB and UB GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) 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.

The TRIO UB program currently serves students in Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. In addition, the TRIO UB GOST program currently serves students in George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft.

CBC Beeville’s TS, UB and UB GOST programs are filled with academic and enrichment courses, tutoring, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. TS, UB and UB GOST advisors frequently make visits to each respective student’s high school to provide one-on-one advising services.

Prospective students who would like more information about CBC Beeville’s TRIO programs should contact the TRIO TS Office at (361) 354-2706 or the TRIO UB/UB GOST Office at (361) 354-2715. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/trio.