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.

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 Kingsville to host Protective Order Training

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

 The Coordinated Community Response Coalition- Kingsville (CCRC-KV) is hosting a Protective Order Training at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Kingsville location on Wednesday, June 21. The training will be conducted by entities such as the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, the Texas Council on Family Violence and NAS Kingsville’s JAG from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Members of the community and surrounding areas who deal with victims of family violence as well as sexual assault are encouraged to attend this specialized training session. The training will cover topics such as protective orders and provide attendees with an update on the current legislature.

For more information about the CCRC-KV Protective Order Training, please contact Women’s Shelter of South Texas Victim Advocate Jennifer Radcliffe-Jones at (361) 248 3406 or via email at jradcliffejones@thewomensshelter.org.