Weight room at CBC Beeville receives mural

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo Cutline: Conor Lee (from left), Jayne Duryea and Samantha Silva pose in front of the cougar mural that they created for the College.  

Each college student who attends Coastal Bend College (CBC) wishes to leave their “mark” on the College. CBC art students Conor Lee and Samantha Silva were no different. The students wanted to leave a lasting token of their appreciation for the College who has so graciously provided them with an opportunity to pursue a higher education.

The students, with assistance from CBC Art Professor Jayne Duryea, planned and created the mural over the course of the spring 2017 semester. The mural was completed on Thursday, May 4 and is now on display inside one of the weight rooms located at CBC Beeville’s Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym).

For more information about the College’s art program, please contact CBC Art Professor Jayne Duryea at (361) 354-2322 or via email at duryeaj@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Beeville gets set to host Basic Motorcycle Safety Course in June

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville will host a Basic Motorcycle Safety Course on June 2-4. The course will take place at 3800 Charco Road from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the parking lot located near the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center.

Prospective students should note that the course must have a minimum of four students for the course to take place and the cost of the course is $235 per student. The maximum number of students that will be accepted into the course is eight. CBC Beeville’s Basic Motorcycle Safety Course will feature Instructor David Metcalf and Instructor Susan Williams from the Texas Department of Public Safety Education Training & Research- Motorcycle Safety Unit. In addition, motorcycles will be available for students to use throughout the course.

Students will be required to comply with the following guidelines:

  • Students must possess a valid Texas driver’s license or complete the classroom portion of the driver’s education course (if student is under 18).
  • Students who are 15-17 years of age must have a parent/legal guardian accompany them on the first day of class to sign waivers.
  • Students must wear gloves that cover their fingers entirely.
  • Boots/shoes that cover the student’s ankles must be worn to class. (No canvas shoes of any type.)
  • Students must wear eye protection (corrective lenses and/or sunglasses).
  • Students must wear a long sleeve shirt and/or jacket and pants.

 

Interested students who would like to participate in the class may register online at www.coastalbend.edu. The first eight students who register for the course and pay the course fees will have a reserved seat. Payments may be taken over the phone with a debit or credit card. If the class does not make, money will be refunded to all students.

For more information about CBC Beeville’s Basic Motorcycle Safety Course, please contact Noemi Aguilar at (361) 354-2306 or via email at aguilar@coastalbend.edu.

Commencement ceremonies set for May 10 at Coastal Bend College

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) will conduct two graduation ceremonies for 2017 graduates on Wednesday, May 10. The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the CBC Beeville’s Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym), which is located at 3800 Charco Road. Graduates from the College’s Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations will take part in the annual commencement exercises.

The morning commencement ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. and will include graduates from the following programs: Associate of Science, Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Drafting & Design, Early Development and Education, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and Oil and Gas Technology.

The afternoon commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. and will include graduates from the following programs: Accounting, Associate of Arts, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Health Information Technology/Medical Records Coding, Machinist, Professional Business Technology, Nursing LVN, Nursing RN, Radiologic Technology and Welding Technology.

This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Mercedita “Mercy” Flynn. Flynn is a 1992 graduate of Bee County College’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program. In addition, she attained her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from New York Regents College while attending online courses and she also earned her license as a registered nurse. Additionally, she continued her education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner-C License.

For more information about CBC’s Commencement Ceremonies, please visit http://www.coastalbend.edu/graduation/.

CBC Alice and HALO-Flight to offer EMT Basic Training Course through partnership

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC), in partnership with HALO-Flight, is offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Training Course beginning Wednesday, July 5. The course is being offered at CBC’s Alice location, which is located at 704 Coyote Trail.

Classes for the EMT Basic Training Course is set to take place on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Students who are enrolled in the course will participate in 210 classroom hours, 24 hours of hospital clinical internship and at least 48 hours of observation time in an ambulance.

Prerequisites for entry into the course include a high school diploma/GED and a minimum age of 18 by the end of the course. A criminal background check will also be required of all students enrolled in the course. Additionally, a current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR is required prior to the student’s clinical internship.

Interested students who would like to enroll for the course may do so by contacting CBC’s Allied Health Coordinator Susie Gaitan at (361) 354-2549 or via email at mgaitan@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Pleasanton Welding Expo receives generous donations

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo Cutline: CBC Welding Instructor Thomas Camacho, Jr. (left) poses with winners from CBC Pleasanton’s Inaugural Welding Expo. Winners from the competition include (from left) Dillon Stobbs, Victor Villarreal, Brady Carpenter and Garret Selby.

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Welding Expo was held at the Pleasanton location on Thursday, April 13. A total of 21 high school welders from Pleasanton, Skidmore, Charlotte, Kingsville and Pearsall showcased their skills in the T-joint in 3F position (vertical) SMAW process and the oxy-acetylene torch cutting contest.

Judges for the contest include CBC Welding Instructor Mace Gonzalez, Poth High School Welding Instructor Steve Hoenes and Lincoln Electric Representative Steve Hoenes. The CBC Pleasanton would like to thank Lincoln Electric, Alamo Iron Works and PraxAir for their generous donations to the CBC Pleasanton Welding Expo. Donations for the welding expo include a welding hood from Lincoln Electric and two grinders from Alamo Iron Works. In addition, PraxAir donated welding jackets, welding gloves, and hoods for the welding expo.

“I appreciate everything that was donated from the suppliers and distributers,” CBC Welding Instructor Thomas Camacho, Jr. said. “The high school students in the CBC Pleasanton service area will benefit tremendously from these donations.”

Students who competed in the T-joint in 3F position (vertical) SMAW process were judged on their precision and execution. The following students received an award and scholarship from CBC for their welding skills: 1st place and $1,000 CBC scholarship recipient Victor Villarreal, Pearsall; 2nd place and $500 CBC scholarship recipient Garret Selby, Pleasanton; and 3rd place and $250 CBC scholarship recipient Brady Carpenter, Skidmore. In addition, Dillon Stobbs from Pleasanton received first place in the oxy-acetylene torch cutting contest.

All students who received an award at the CBC Pleasanton Welding Expo are also invited to attend the Annual Student Awards, which will take place at Pleasanton Civic Center on Wednesday, April 26.

“We are grateful that our inaugural welding expo at CBC Pleasanton had a great turnout,” CBC Dean of Workforce Training & Pleasanton Site Director Julia Garcia said. “The competition was well received by high schools in the College’s service area and we are looking to expand the competition to the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville locations next year. Our judges and donors were a tremendous help. Without the generosity of these individuals and companies, the welding expo would not have been possible. Additionally, I would like to recognize the CBC Foundation for the scholarships that the winners received and Thomas Camacho, Jr. for organizing this amazing event.”

For more information about the CBC Pleasanton Welding Expo or the welding program at CBC, please contact CBC Welding Instructor Thomas Camacho, Jr. at (830) 569-4222 ext. 1233 or via email at tcamacho@coastalbend.edu.