CBC Cosmetology program available for appointments throughout summer

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) cosmetology programs at the Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations are open for business. Community members are encouraged to call the salons nearest them to make an appointment with one of our talented cosmetology students.

Through the College’s salon, students are able to offer community members with a variety of services while gaining hands on cosmetology experience. Manicures, pedicures, men & women haircuts, and color are services that are available through the College’s salons.  Hours of operation for the cosmetology program salons are as follows:



10 a.m.-3 p.m.

(361) 354-2521



9 a.m.-3 p.m.

(361) 592-1625 ext. 4078


Tuesday & Wednesday

9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.

(830) 569-4222 ext. 1214

For additional information about the College’s cosmetology program, please feel free to visit http://www.coastalbend.edu/cosmetology/.

CBC Baseball Showcase Evaluation Camp huge success

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo Cutline: Coaches from colleges and universities were on hand to evaluate local athletes in a series of baseball skills assessments. 

Coastal Bend College (CBC) Athletics recently hosted a showcase/evaluation camp for athletes throughout the surrounding areas. The camp provided prospective college athletes with the opportunity to showcase their skills to college/university coaches. Institutions that were represented at the camp include CBC, Wharton Junior College and Our Lady of the Lake University.

The 68 participants were led through drills and skill assessments throughout the day. As each athlete participated in the drills, they were assessed by a staff of current baseball coaches throughout the area.

CBC Baseball took advantage of the camp by offering local athletes a spot to play for the College this fall. Athletes who were offered a spot with the Cougars next fall include: Noel Vela (LHP), Christian Ramos (RHP), Jacob Guerrero (OF), William Pena (OF & C), Grayson Gough (RHP), Zach Patton (LHP), and Matt Woods (RHP).

For more information about the College’s baseball program, please contact CBC Baseball Head Coach Brian Bauerle at (361) 354-2352 or via email at bbauerle@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.

CBC inks volleyball player for 2017 season

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer



Photo Cutline: Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Athletic Director and Head Volleyball Coach Paul Cantrell (left) and Mallory Michael pose with one of the jerseys she will be wearing during National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 14 play.

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Athletics Program is excited to announce the signing of Mallory Michalec. She signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball for the College on Saturday, June 3 at CBC Beeville’s Grady C. Hogue Learning Resource Center (Library). Michalec is from Inez, Texas and will join the Cougars for the 2017-2018 season in the fall. She played with the Corpus Christi Storm and plans to pursue an associate’s degree at CBC. For more information about CBC’s Athletics Program, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/athletics.

CBC recognizes VITA volunteers

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo cutline: Students, faculty and staff from Coastal Bend College (CBC) who participated in the VITA and TCE programs were on hand to receive their awards. 

Individuals from Coastal Bend College (CBC) who participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program were recently recognized for their commitment to the programs. These programs provided individuals throughout the College’s service area with free tax preparation assistance services.

Volunteers for the College’s programs included accounting/business technology students, accounting/business technology faculty, and members of the community. Volunteers who were recognized by the College and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at a special ceremony include:

Lupita Ramirez-71 hours

April Garcia- 195 hours

Christi Doria-157 hours

Crystal Gonzales- 95 hours

Susana Moron- 43 hours

Norma Lugo- 22 hours

Nelda Garza- 35 hours

Desiree Buehring- 172 hours

Lorena Gutierrez- 4 hours

Mateo Ramirez- 30 hours

Vicky Trevino- 228 hours

Katrina Martinez- 181 hours

Janie Hinojosa- 27 hours

Crissy Hernandez- 43 hours

Erika Smith- 56 hours

Adelina Saenz- 23 hours

Monica Ostos- 54 hours

Amanda Gonzalez- 16 hours

Juanita Dominguez- 16 hours

Rafael Hinojosa- 247 hours

Ashely Guerra- 76 hours

Julia Garcia- 100 hours

Vanessa Villa- 100 hours

Mary Jane Luther- 5 hours

Prior to assisting individuals who participated in the College’s free tax service programs, volunteers completed a rigorous training that was provided by the IRS. Services that were provided to community members who participated in the programs include: basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing, explanation of tax credits/deductions, and answering basic tax return questions.

This year, the programs were offered from January 23 through April 18 with 371 electronic returns filed yielding $578,214 in refunds. Individuals who utilized the VITA program’s services include individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less, individuals with disabilities and individuals who speak limited English. Tax preparation services were also provided to individuals 60 years of age or older through the TCE program. The TCE program specializes in provided individuals with information about pensions and retirement.

For more information about CBC’s VITA programs, please contact CBC Associate Professor of Accounting Lupita Ramirez at (361) 354-2505 or gramirez@coastalbend.edu.