CBC Now Accepting Applicants For Spring Cohort LVN to RN Bridge Program


Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce that a licensed vocational nursing (LVN) to registered nursing (RN) Bridge Program will start classes during the upcoming spring 2017 semester. Interested students should have already obtained their LVN level I certificate from an accredited college and/or university.

The application process for the program consists of taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam and completing an LVN to RN Bridge Program Application Packet. Interested students should complete the TEAS test no later than Friday, October 21, 2016. Students who have applied for the program previously and scored a 70 or greater on the TEAS exam will have the opportunity to reapply for the program.

Applicants who are interested in retaking the TEAS exam should keep in mind that they only have three chances to improve their exam scores. The College offers the TEAS exam at the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations. Students should note that they must schedule an exam date/time, bring a picture ID on exam day, and bring a debit/credit/pre-paid card to pay the $55 test fee. Additional information about the TEAS exam can be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/TEAS_Schedule/.

All paperwork and application are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016. Prospective students should keep in mind that only 20 students will be accepted into the spring 2017 cohort. Once all of the nursing applications are received, a Nursing Selection Committee will screen applicants for the program on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Acceptance letters will be mailed out on to accepted students on Friday, November 11 and Monday, November 14.

The spring 2017 LVN to RN Bridge Program cohort will begin classes in the spring 2017 semester followed by the fall 2017 semester. No nursing courses will take place during the summer, which gives students in the program an opportunity to work on completing their core courses.

For more information about CBC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program, please contact CBC’s Nursing Support Specialist Mona Krishan at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Information about the program is available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.

CBC Alice Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Community members, faculty, staff and students kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by attending Coastal Bend College (CBC) Alice’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre event. The cultural event featured a variety of free activities for individuals to participate in including a grito contest and a sombrero toss. For more information about CBC Alice’s upcoming cultural events, please visit the College’s official Facebook account (www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege) or Twitter account (www.twitter.com/CBCFuture).

CBC to host free grant writing workshop

Headline: CBC to host free grant writing workshop

Coastal Bend College (CBC), in partnership with the U. S. Census Bureau, is hosting the “Using Census Data for Grant Writing” workshop on Thursday, September 15. The workshop will take place inside of the R. W. Dirks Student Services Building on the Beeville campus in room 119 at 9 a.m.

Members of the community and surrounding areas who are interested in using socio-economic populations statistics to write grants are invited to attend this free event. A U. S. Census Bureau representative will be on hand to train attendees on grant writing and social impact statements.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to conduct informational searches via American Factfinder (data search tool) and the American Community Survey. These searches will provide attendees with information such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, poverty status, nativity and selected homeowner costs. Additionally, the U. S. Census Bureau representative will also demonstrate the proper way to download the data into useable formats.

Space for CBC’s free “Using Census Data for Grant Writing” workshop is limited. Prospective attendees should contact CBC’s Grant Writer Veronica Molina at 361-354-2276 or via email at vmolina@coastalbend.edu to reserve their spot today.

CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

Headline: CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) programs at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. UB and UB GOST 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.

CBC’s UB programs provide students with the support that is necessary to pursue and complete a higher education. The programs also provide a number of services that will assist students in college readiness including academic/financial aid advising, educational field trips, tutoring, educational/cultural workshops, college admissions assistance, college entrance exam preparation, scholarship assistance and career exploration.

The programs generally meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the CBC Beeville campus throughout the academic year (September through May). Saturdays are filled with academic enrichment courses, tutoring, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, UB’s academic advisors will also make frequent visits to each student’s respective school to provide one-on-one counseling guidance.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a six-week long stay at CBC Beeville’s Benton Hall dormitory. This summer component provides program participants with a glimpse into college life by living at the dorms and taking dual enrollment courses. During their stay, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural events and enrichment activities.

After the successful completion of high school, qualifying UB students enroll at CBC for their first semester of college. UB students receive tutoring services as well as advising from UB program advisors.

The UB program at CBC Beeville serves 85 students per academic year from the following high schools: Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. CBC’s UB GOST program serves 50 students per academic year from the following high schools: George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft. Interested high school freshmen and sophomores should be sure to fill out an application for the program(s) as soon as possible. The UB application is currently available online at www.coastalbend.edu/ub.

For more information about CBC’s UB program, please contact CBC UB’s Project Director Cheryl Baird at 361-354-2716 or via email at cheryl@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

Headline: CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Registered Nursing (RN) program recently hosted a pinning and candle lighting ceremony for graduates who successfully completed the program. Family, friends, and members of the community joined 14 graduates at the CBC Beeville campus for the annual ceremony.

The annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony is an annual ceremony that celebrates the success of the College’s RN graduates and symbolizes a rite of passage into the registered nursing profession. During the ceremony, each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin serves as a reminder to assist those who are injured, sick or dying. The lamp that each graduate receives symbolizes a student’s intention to carry out Florence Nightingale’s, the founder of modern day nursing, dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward. Each graduates lamp was lit as they recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge.

Students who were honored at the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony include:

Lee Courtney

Andrea Garcia

Cody N. Garcia

Leila Gonzalez

Rebecca Heinaman

Patricia Isom

Peggy S. Kee

Amanda M. Perez

Felicita Ramirez

Angela Marie Romero

Janette Isabel Ruiz

Melissa Salaiz

Crystal Ann Schultz

Jessica Nicole Webb

For more information about CBC’s Nursing program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.