CBC Human Resources Offices Provides Employee Benefit Fair

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Photo Cutline: Businesses and agencies from around the area were in attendance for the College’s Employee Benefits Fair.  CBC employee Danny Webb visits with a representative from AFLAC while discussing the benefits that CBC employees are eligible to receive.

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Human Resources Office recently hosted an Employee Benefit Fair for faculty and staff. Businesses and agencies from throughout the area were invited to attend the College’s fair to provide information to the employees about discounts and/or services that they can provide to College employees.

The following vendors and CBC representatives were available to speak with faculty and staff at the Employee Benefit Fair: American Heritage, Anytime Fitness, BTX Crossfit, Edward Jones Investments, AFLAC, Sam’s Club, Valic, Teacher Retirement System, B. P. S. Federal Credit Union, South Texas Women’s Shelter, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Radiology Associates LLP, Christus Spohn Wellness Center, CBC Dental Hygiene, CBC Foundation, Community Action Corporation of South Texas, Maximus (Texas Health Steps) and Security Benefit.

For more information about the College’s Employee Benefit Fair, please contact CBC Director of Human Resources Esther Martinez at (361) 354-2211 or via email at emartinez@coastalbend.edu.

City of Beeville hosts Bee City USA proclamation

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The City of Beeville and Coastal Bend College (CBC) recently hosed a proclamation ceremony to celebrate the College and the city receiving a Bee Campus and Bee City designation, respectively. Those who were in attendance for the Bee City USA proclamation include (from left): the Mayor of Beeville David Carabajal, Beeville Main Street Director Michelle Clark Trevino, CBC Dean of Academics Mark Secord, and CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza.

Area high school seniors attend annual Cougar Day event

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Photo Cutline: High school seniors from A.C. Jones attended Cougar Day orientation on April 1 at the CBC Beeville campus.

BEEVILLE, TX—This academic year, Coastal Bend College (CBC) has experienced record enrollment. At census day on February 5, the College had a student enrollment count of 4,272—the largest spring semester on record.

After a few years of declining enrollment due in part to the Eagle Ford Shale boom, CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, under the guidance of the CBC Board of Trustees, led the college effort to increase its community and high school outreach efforts. One of the largest student recruitment events is Cougar Day, which was held on April 1 on the CBC Beeville campus.

Cougar Day is a new student orientation that is part of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to increase student success and retention rates. Although Cougar Days are typically held in the summer, CBC transitioned to offering them in the spring semester to reach high school seniors earlier.

“We’ve seen that the earlier students learn about financial aid, admissions, testing and courses, the more likely they are to succeed. We’re proud of our enrollment growth, but are always focused on student success,” said CBC Executive Dean of Student Services Lupe Ganceres.

Students from local area high schools A.C. Jones, Freer, George West, Pleasanton, Skidmore-Tynan, Tilden, Runge and Wharton were in attendance for the daylong event which included five breakout sessions covering topics such as CBC’s admissions and financial aid process and highlighting student services and student clubs/activities.

After the breakout sessions, students had the opportunity to begin the CBC admissions process and many registered for the fall 2016 semester.

“It’s always great to see students prepared and ready to go for their first semester as a college student before they’ve even graduated from high school. Knowing we have a positive impact on these students’ futures is rewarding,” Ganceres added.

Prospective students for the 2016-2017 academic year who missed out on Cougar Day should plan to attend one of the New Student Orientation sessions offered during the summer or visit one-on-one with an advisor to learn more.

CBC Pleasanton honors academic excellence at spring Phi Theta Kappa induction

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Photo CutlinePhi Theta Kappa (PTK) at CBC Pleasanton gained five new members in a spring induction ceremony held on Feb. 18. (second row, from left): PTK Vice President Rebecca Sonnenberg-Rogers; PTK President Diana Munselle; PTK Inductees Dedra Ables; Mason Moore; Felicita Ramirez; Lena Summers; and Chriselda Tierrablanca; PTK Member Maria Moreno; and PTK Member Tesla Martin. CBC staff was on hand to celebrate (first row, from left) PTK Advisor Dr. Mary Ma; Executive Dean of Student Services Lupe Ganceres; Dean of Workforce Training Julia Garcia; CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza; Dean of Academics Mark Secord; Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation Dr. Paula Kenney-Wallace; and Associate Professor of English Anna Hazelrigg.

Headline: CBC Pleasanton honors academic excellence at spring Phi Theta Kappa induction

 PLEASANTON, TX—Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Rho Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) hosted a spring induction ceremony at the CBC Pleasanton site for its newest members on Thursday, Feb. 18. The Pleasanton PTK chapter is honored to  have received generous donations from HEB Pleasanton and local optometrist Dr. Ron Mixon for the induction ceremony.

PTK is an international academic honor society that promotes scholarship amongst two-year college students. PTK provides students with the opportunity to develop a specific skill set focused on honor, leadership and service.

In order to be eligible for PTK membership, students must successfully complete 12 credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Once a student has successfully completed all specified requirements, they are invited to join CBC’s Rho Lambda chapter of PTK.

Students from CBC Pleasanton who were honored at the ceremony include:

Dedra Ables

Mason Moore

Felicita Ramirez

Lena Summers

Chriselda Tierrablanca

Information about CBC Pleasanton’s Rho Lambda chapter of PTK is available by contacting CBC Pleasanton’s PTK Advisor Dr. Mary Ma at (830) 569-4222 ext. 1206 or via email at max@coastalbend.edu.

Coastal Bend College receives Achieving the Dream Leader College recertification through 2018

Headline: Coastal Bend College receives Achieving the Dream Leader College recertification through 2018 

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Sub Headline: CBC has been honored with Leader College designation since 2009

Coastal Bend College (CBC) received recertification as an Achieving the Dream Leader College through 2018. The College initially received Leader College status in 2009.

Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success and completion.

Leader Colleges are demonstrating the power of the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement by raising persistence and graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Each college approaches the work differently, but with the guidance of the model and Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success.

Additionally, each Leader College has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention that is advancing student outcomes. The intervention is of sufficient scale to benefit a substantial proportion of the total target student population. Indeed, these institutions have met high standards of practice and performance and Achieving the Dream expects these colleges to support other colleges within the Achieving the Dream community of learners.

“I am supremely excited that our colleagues across the nation recognize excellence at CBC. Our faculty and staff make a positive difference in our work with students. In this National Reform Agenda, we are at the forefront of student success; with that level of responsibility, we make serving our students with a positive college experience a top priority,” said CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza.

The College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), CBC Smart Start, is the college’s approach to boosting student success rates for first-time college students. The QEP is includes mandatory student orientation, a dedicated advisor, and enrollment in “My Cougar Course,” otherwise known as EDUC 1300. The three QEP components work together to provide students with the knowledge and access to student support services at all CBC locations and online. As a result, the College has seen increases in success and graduation rates in first-time college students.

Developmental education (DE) initiatives to increase the number of students advancing to and completing college level coursework continues to be a top priority for CBC. CBC has reduced the number of DE courses students have to take, curriculum was revamped to improve student learning, and faculty received training on how to increase student engagement and success in the classroom. For the last two academic years, CBC’s Mathematics Division has implemented the New Mathways Project – a statewide initiative led by the University of Texas (UT) Dana Center – to help redesign the math curriculum to make the concepts easier to learn for students.

Looking forward, CBC will continue to strive to improve on the services, initiatives and programs offered to students district wide. For more information on the College’s programs and course offerings, please visit www.coastalbend.edu.