CBC Pleasanton partners with Workforce Solutions Alamo to host free Career Fair & workshops

Headline: CBC Pleasanton partners with Workforce Solutions Alamo to host free Career Fair

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site, in partnership with Workforce Solutions Alamo (WFSA), is hosting the CBC Career Fair on Monday, April 18. This free event is slated to take place from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. inside of CBC Pleasanton’s foyer, which is located at 1411 Bensdale.

CBC Pleasanton’s Career Fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to attend workshop sessions. Each workshop session provided by WFSA will feature career-oriented topics. WFSA will provide attendees with the following workshops in room 106:

  • 10:30 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.: Resume Writing
  • 11:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: Dress for Success
  • 12:30 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.: Interview Techniques

Job seekers who plan on attending this event are highly encouraged to dress in professional attire and bring several copies of their resume and portfolio, if applicable.

In order to attend CBC’s Career Fair, employers will need to fill out the registration form online at www.coastalbend.edu/pleasantoncareerfair/. No registration fee is required for employers to take part in CBC’s Career Fair.

Employers who are unable to attend the career fair are encouraged to post job announcements on the College’s online database at www.myinterfase.com/coastalbend/employer/. Job vacancies may be posted at any time of the year for free. This online database is currently accessible by all CBC students.

Questions regarding the CBC Community Job & Career Fair may be directed to CBC’s Career Advisor Jesse Gonzales at (361) 354-2246 or via email at jgonzales@coastalbend.edu. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities—call Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) and 1-800-735-2988 or 7-1-1 (voice).

Coastal Bend College Pleasanton Site to Offer AWS Certification Seminar January 10-15, 2016

Coastal Bend College Pleasanton Site to Offer AWS Certification Seminar January 10-15, 2016


PLEASANTON, TX—Coastal Bend College Pleasanton will offer the American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Seminar from January 10 through 15, 2016. Examinations for the certifications will be held on January 16 and 17. The registration deadline is December 7, 2015.

Individuals wishing to register for the seminar should register online at www.aws.org by clicking on “Education” and then “Seminars”. The CBC Pleasanton seminar is listed under the San Antonio, TX region. Prices for the seminar vary depending on AWS membership status and do not include meals, lodging or travel expenses.

The AWS Certification Department gave its first certification exam in October 1976. The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) was the first industry-recognized certification that ensured high quality workmanship in welding. The success and prestige of this certification opened the doors for AWS to develop several more certifications benefiting the industry.

In the Coastal Bend region, skilled welders are in demand due to the robust economy and workforce demands brought forth through the Eagle Ford Shale. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders make an average of $17.66 to $19.67 per hour with a one-year certificate in the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas.

AWS offers over 10 different professional welding certifications, with more than 47,000 certified. To view the 2016 certification seminar schedule visit, www.aws.org/certification.

For more information about the AWS Seminar being held at CBC Pleasanton, please contact Katie Sherman, director of customized and continuing education, at ksherman@coastalbend.edu or via phone at (830) 569-4222.

Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend’s Kingsville Career Center Moves to CBC Kingsville Site

Headline: Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend’s Kingsville Career Center Moves to CBC Kingsville Site
Coastal Bend College (CBC) proudly welcomes Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) to the CBC Kingsville site. WFSCB has recently moved into the CBC Kingsville site, which is located at 1814 Brahma Boulevard.

Members of the community from Kingsville and the surrounding areas are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house in honor of the new WFSCB Kingsville Career Center on Friday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tours of the Kingsville Career Center and CBC Kingsville facilities will be offered to guests after the ceremony.

WFSCB staff serves clients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the CBC Kingsville site. The partnership is of great benefit to both CBC students as well as members of the Kingsville community and surrounding areas.

CBC and WFSCB will now be able to provide a one-stop shop for job seekers and students by providing access to employment, job readiness training, job placement, and business services. Individuals will have the opportunity to utilize the services and workforce training that WFSCB provides or enroll at CBC to take college credit courses. The CBC Kingsville site provides students with the option of enrolling in academic, workforce, continuing education or dual enrollment courses.

WFSCB is dedicated to leading an integrated, market-driven workforce system that meets the needs of employers and workers, and helps Texans prosper. This partnership will provide residents and students with a tremendous amount of opportunities that will benefit the workforce throughout Kingsville and the surrounding areas. WFSCB is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by focusing on employment, training, business services and occupations that are in-demand throughout the region.

The Kingsville Career Center will provide job seekers and students access to recruitment services, job search assistance, employer hiring events, training, child care financial assistance, educational initiatives, labor market intelligence and much more. In an effort to make the process of attending CBC more convenient, job seekers will have the opportunity to apply for admission to CBC, register for classes and apply for financial aid.

For more information about the WFSCB Kingsville Career Center, please contact Monika K. De La Garza, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Cell: 361-946-6077; monika.delagarza@workforcesolutionscb.org.

CBC hosts job fair for employment opportunities at college

BEEVILLE, TX—On Friday, March 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Coastal Bend College will host a job fair on the CBC Beeville campus. The college is looking to fill several part-time and full-time positions available at various CBC locations.  The positions range from custodial positions to administrator level positions at the college. Full-time CBC employees enjoy a generous benefits package that includes: paid health insurance, some paid life insurance, various optional insurance benefits which can be paid by the employee, paid personal leave, and paid sick leave benefits, as well as vacation leave benefits (for staff employees), and paid state retirement options. In addition, employees receive a generous paid holiday schedule.

Personnel from CBC Human Resources will be on hand to assist career seekers with the CBC Employment Application and answer questions about the employment process. Several positions may have on-site interviews the same day. All job fair attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume with them to the event to enable them to complete applications and/or interviews.

The job fair will be held inside the James R. Dougherty Student Center on the CBC Beeville campus located on 3800 Charco Road. To view the positions available, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/employment_opportunities. Questions about the CBC Job Fair can be directed to Ana-Alyse Olivares, CBC Human Resources Technician, at (361) 354-2224 or via email at anaalyse@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Faculty awarded Innovative Teaching Grants from CBC Foundation


Photo Cutline: Grant recipients (front row, left to right) Dr. Sean Herlihy, Elizabeth Larakers, Mark Secord, and Kathleen Cuyler were honored by members of the CBC Foundation Board of Directors (back row, left to right) Shambryn Huie, Claire Atkinson Wonders, Bridget Gayle, Jim Kirkpatrick, and Laura Fischer at a college-wide meeting in November 2013. Also on hand for the presentation were CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, first row, far left, and CBC Foundation Executive Director Patricia Patel, front row, far right.

CBC Faculty awarded Innovative Teaching Grants from CBC Foundation

Several Coastal Bend College faculty members started the spring semester off with some extra funding thanks to the Innovative Teaching Grants sponsored by the Coastal Bend College Foundation. These CBC faculty members were chosen for their forward thinking, student-centric ideas that will help increase student engagement and success at all CBC locations (Alice, Beeville, Kingsville, and Pleasanton).

CBC Science Cinema:

CBC Biology Professor Mark Secord will be taking his biology class viral by utilizing YouTube to upload short instructional videos to supplement his lectures/labs. Students will be able to view these videos from almost any computer or mobile device, which puts success literally at their fingertips.

"Students often struggle in science courses due to weak science backgrounds, the abstract nature of the material presented, and the large volume of content-specific terminology they are required to master.  Student success rates in many gatekeeper science courses are often low, so there is a well-established need to provide students with additional instructional resources," Secord said about his inspiration to go forth with this concept. "Plus, research has shown that 2-4 minute videos are more effective than those of longer duration."

Applied Physics Course Development

CBC Physics Instructor Dr. Robert Benson is currently working on developing a new physics course geared towards students in workforce programs.

"I really like making physics accessible and this opportunity provides a way for me to break down barriers for students in workforce programs," Benson said.

Benson stated that he should have the course developed by the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Ethnographic Research and Service Learning Initiative

Elizabeth Larakers, CBC English Instructor, hopes to strengthen CBC’s relationship to the community by integrating ethnographic research and service learning into English 1302.  Student will plan, cook, and serve a luncheon (tentatively scheduled for March 2014) for local seniors (ages 70+) and conduct interviews in order to collect living histories.  This research will serve as historical and cultural context to help students interpret "A Raisin in the Sun".

"My students are currently reading the play that integrates with the project, and they seem excited! Some of them have family members that fall into the demographic for the interviewees, which generates a wonderful sense of community involvement," Larakers explained.

Online Support for Writing Across the Curriculum

Dr. Sean Herlihy, CBC History/Government Instructor, and Kathleen Cuyler, CBC Assistant Professor of English, are teaming up to help students master the art of writing for college-level courses. Students will be able to access answers to commonly asked writing questions via Blackboard.

Students will also receive encouraging and supportive email messages inviting them to visit the Writing Center if they need additional help. 

The CBC Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next round of Innovative Teaching Grants in mid-spring 2014. For more information, faculty members can contact Patricia Patel, CBC Foundation Executive Director, at (361) 354-2447 or via email at foundation@coastalbend.edu.