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.

Students at CBC receive Barnhart Transfer Scholarship

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce four students from the Beeville campus received the Barnhart Transfer Scholarship thanks to the Joe Barnhart Foundation. The Joe Barnhart Foundation has been and continues to be supporter of the College’s programs as well as the students.

During the spring semester each year, the Barnhart Foundation conducts a scholarship competition for current CBC students who are planning on transferring to a four-year university. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and have exemplified qualities pertaining to leadership as well as community service. Students are also required to write an essay and answer several questions pertaining to their career goals and character.

Student finalists are chosen from all of the applications received for a one-on-one in-person interview with the Joe Barnhart Foundation to determine which students will receive the scholarship(s). This year, the Joe Barnhart Foundation awarded each of the four finalists a $10,000 transfer scholarship.

Congratulations to Regan Willbanks who is transferring to New Mexico State University to major in electrical engineering; Kristina Kana who is transferring to Texas A&M- Kingsville to play basketball and major in education; Conor Lee who is transferring to St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas) to play soccer and major in business management; and Charlie Payne who is transferring to Missouri Valley College to play soccer and major in graphic design.

For more information about scholarship opportunities at CBC, please contact the CBC Financial Aid Office at (361) 354-2238 or visit www.coastalbend.edu/scholarships.

CBC gets set to celebrate National Library Week

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is celebrating National Library Week this week at the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville locations. The celebrations will be filled with information as well as a variety of refreshments, while supplies last. The National Library Week festivities include:

  • CBC Beeville- Monday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
  • CBC Kingsville- Tuesday, April 11 at 9 a.m.
  • CBC Alice- Wednesday, April 12 at 2 p.m.

For more information about the National Library Week events at CBC, please feel free to contact CBC Director of Library Services Hong “Anna” Xu at (361) 354-2741 or via email at hxu@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Pleasanton gears up to host Spring Fest on April 13

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton is hosting Spring Fest on Thursday, April 13 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The free community appreciation event will be hosted at 1411 Bendsale.

Members of the community are invited to attend this free family friendly event that will feature free games, activities and entertainment for children of all ages. Egg hunts are also scheduled to take place for the following age groups: 1-4 years of age, 5-8 years of age, and 9-12 years of age. Parents who will be having children participate in the egg hunts should be sure to bring baskets for their children.

A bounce house obstacle course, door prizes and community vendors will also be available for attendees to enjoy throughout Spring Fest. In addition, event goers will have the opportunity to purchase items from the Chick-Fil-A food truck and the Crazy About Mangonadas food truck.

Photos that are captured at Spring Fest will be available online at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege after the event. For more information about CBC Pleasanton’s Spring Fest event, please contact Rosalinda Perez at (830) 569-4222 ext. 1225 or via email at rperez@coastalbend.edu.