Call for Submissions: 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar. Each year, the College produces a wildlife calendar free of charge for members of the community and surrounding areas. The calendar features the work of South Texas photographers and over 3,500 are distributed to businesses and individuals throughout the United States and all over the world.

The College’s Wildlife Calendar showcases the Coastal Bend region’s native birds, flowers, insects, vegetation and wildlife. Photographers who are interested in submitting their outstanding South Texas wildlife photos have until Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m.

A three-person panel of local wildlife experts will judge the entries to select the photographs to be included in the 2018 calendar, which will be ready for distribution in time for the turn of the year.

All photographers should note that they are able to submit their enteries via CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or via an online service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. All photos must be submitted along with the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar Submission Form, which is available for download at  Additionally, submissions will not be returned and photos may not be emailed as attachments.

Photo submissions may include flowers, insects, birds, reptiles, and animals that are native to the area, as well as photos that highlight regional landscape, vegetation, and character.

Photographs that are submitted for inclusion should be bright, exceptionally sharp with a prominent subject in the photo, and taken with high-quality camera settings suitable for printing at an 8×10 inch size. Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions.

For more information about the 2018 CBC Wildlife Calendar, please contact CBC Director of Marketing & Public Relations Bernard Saenz at (361) 354-2258 or via email at

CBC to adopt summer operating schedule beginning July 3

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Coastal Bend College (CBC) will begin the summer operating schedule beginning Monday, July 3. All CBC locations including Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

Prospective students should note that registration for the fall semester at all CBC locations is underway. Students are encouraged to register for classes online or by making an appointment with an advisor. Students with no holds on their accounts will have the opportunity to register for classes online via Campus Connect.

For more information about registration or to view course options, please visit

CBC closed for July 4

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

In observance of Independence Day, all Coastal Bend College (CBC) locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. The College and all of its offices will reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

The College will also begin the summer hours of operation throughout the month of July. Summer hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday at all CBC locations. All of the College’s locations and offices will follow the summer hours of operation schedule until Tuesday, August 1.

In addition, registration for the Fall 2017 semester is underway at all CBC locations. Prospective students are encouraged to set up an appointment with an advisor as well as complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The College’s FAFSA code is 003546.

For more information about registration for the College’s Fall 2017 semester, please visit

CBC Cosmetology program available for appointments throughout summer

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) cosmetology programs at the Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations are open for business. Community members are encouraged to call the salons nearest them to make an appointment with one of our talented cosmetology students.

Through the College’s salon, students are able to offer community members with a variety of services while gaining hands on cosmetology experience. Manicures, pedicures, men & women haircuts, and color are services that are available through the College’s salons.  Hours of operation for the cosmetology program salons are as follows:



10 a.m.-3 p.m.

(361) 354-2521



9 a.m.-3 p.m.

(361) 592-1625 ext. 4078


Tuesday & Wednesday

9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.

(830) 569-4222 ext. 1214

For additional information about the College’s cosmetology program, please feel free to visit

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