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 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 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.

CBC closed for Spring Holiday

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations will be closed in observance of the spring holiday on Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17. All CBC locations will reopen for business on Tuesday, April 18 at normal hours of operation.

Registration for the summer and fall semesters is underway at all CBC locations. Students with no holds on their accounts may registers online at www.coastalbend.edu via Campus Connect. For more information about registration, please visit your nearest CBC location.