CBC recognizes VITA volunteers

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo cutline: Students, faculty and staff from Coastal Bend College (CBC) who participated in the VITA and TCE programs were on hand to receive their awards. 

Individuals from Coastal Bend College (CBC) who participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program were recently recognized for their commitment to the programs. These programs provided individuals throughout the College’s service area with free tax preparation assistance services.

Volunteers for the College’s programs included accounting/business technology students, accounting/business technology faculty, and members of the community. Volunteers who were recognized by the College and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at a special ceremony include:

Lupita Ramirez-71 hours

April Garcia- 195 hours

Christi Doria-157 hours

Crystal Gonzales- 95 hours

Susana Moron- 43 hours

Norma Lugo- 22 hours

Nelda Garza- 35 hours

Desiree Buehring- 172 hours

Lorena Gutierrez- 4 hours

Mateo Ramirez- 30 hours

Vicky Trevino- 228 hours

Katrina Martinez- 181 hours

Janie Hinojosa- 27 hours

Crissy Hernandez- 43 hours

Erika Smith- 56 hours

Adelina Saenz- 23 hours

Monica Ostos- 54 hours

Amanda Gonzalez- 16 hours

Juanita Dominguez- 16 hours

Rafael Hinojosa- 247 hours

Ashely Guerra- 76 hours

Julia Garcia- 100 hours

Vanessa Villa- 100 hours

Mary Jane Luther- 5 hours

Prior to assisting individuals who participated in the College’s free tax service programs, volunteers completed a rigorous training that was provided by the IRS. Services that were provided to community members who participated in the programs include: basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing, explanation of tax credits/deductions, and answering basic tax return questions.

This year, the programs were offered from January 23 through April 18 with 371 electronic returns filed yielding $578,214 in refunds. Individuals who utilized the VITA program’s services include individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less, individuals with disabilities and individuals who speak limited English. Tax preparation services were also provided to individuals 60 years of age or older through the TCE program. The TCE program specializes in provided individuals with information about pensions and retirement.

For more information about CBC’s VITA programs, please contact CBC Associate Professor of Accounting Lupita Ramirez at (361) 354-2505 or gramirez@coastalbend.edu.

CBC closed in observance of Memorial Day

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

In observance of Memorial Day, all Coastal Bend College (CBC) locations will be closed on Monday, May 29. The College will reopen for business at its regular hours of operation on Tuesday, May 30.

Students should note that registration for the summer and fall sessions are being conducted at all CBC locations. Advisors are available Monday through Friday at all CBC locations to assist students one-on-one with the registration process. In addition, returning CBC students who are in good standing with the College have the opportunity to register for classes online via Campus Connect.

Financial aid is still available for students who qualify. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must submit a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) and utilize the College’s school code of 003546. The FAFSA application is available online 24/7 at www.fafsa.gov.

For more information regarding course offerings or the registration process, please visit www.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 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.