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 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.

CBC adds 14 Orange Grove High School students at College Signing Day event

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Seniors from Orange Grove High School (OGHS) recently participated in a College Signing Day event. The event was hosted on Friday, April 7 and was held in the cafeteria at OGHS.

Family, friends, Coastal Bend College (CBC) staff and OGHS were in attendance to recognize each students’ commitment to pursing a higher education. CBC Recruiter/Advisor Addison Smithwick and CBC Dual Enrollment Specialist Daniel Rea were in attendance to recognize OGHS seniors who will be pursuing a higher education at CBC this fall.

Students from OGHS who participated in College Signing Day and will be attending CBC in the fall include:

Christian Carter

Riley Cummings

Alina Delgado

Monica Esparza

Allison Gonzales

Eddie Gonzales

Hailey Happner

Joseph Heard

David Olivarez

April Porras

Esmeralda Quintana

Joshua Reyes

Cobe Romanos

Jenna Webb

Registration for the summer and fall is underway at all CBC locations. For more information about registration or the academic/workforce programs offered at CBC, please visit www.coastalbend.edu.

CBC Powerlifting Muscles Up to Host 7th Annual Powerlifting Championships

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

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Members of the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Seventh Annual CBC Cougar Powerlifting Championships on Saturday, April 22 at CBC Beeville. The powerlifting meet is sanctioned by USA Powerlifting (USAPL) and is slated to take place inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center, which is located at 3800 Charco Road.

Meet participants will have the option of competing in the following: full powerlifting meet (squat, bench press and dead lift), bench press only meet, push/pull meet or deadlift only meet. Divisions for the powerlifting meet will be broken down into youth, teen, junior, open, collegiate, master and Special Olympics.

In order to participate in the powerlifting meet, prospective athletes must first purchase a USAPL membership card. USAPL membership cards range from $10-45 and may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/USAPLMembership. Registration for the CBC Cougar Powerlifting Competition is open and interested participants should visit http://bit.ly/USAPL17 to register. The registration fee for participants varies from $20-$55.

Questions regarding the Seventh Annual CBC Cougar Powerlifting Competition should be directed to CBC’s Cougar Powerlifting & Fitness Club Stength Coach Jack Young at (361) 354-2325 or via email at jwyoung@coastalbend.edu or Texas Strength Systems’ Wes Zunker at (210) 317-8245 or via email at wesz@texasstrengthsystems.com.

CBC TRIO Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs Host College Readiness Event

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

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Photo Cutline: Students from the TRIO UB, UB GOST and TS programs are provided with valuable information about the ACT by a representative from Cambridge Education Services.

The TRIO Talent Search (TS) and Upward Bound (UB) programs at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville location recently hosted an ACT workshop for students in the programs. A representative from Cambridge Educational Services conducted the ACT workshop inside of the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium for over 70 students.

Cambridge Educational Services partners with educators and programs like TS and UB to achieve educational advancement for all students. Cambridge Educational Services goals of the ACT workshop include: building college and career skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instruction.

Students had the opportunity to answer ACT sample questions and review them with a Cambridge Educational Services Representative. The representative reviewed each question and provided students with real-time feedback and provided students with test taking tips that would translate well for any tests that the students might encounter.

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.