Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary Presents Scholarships To CBC Alice Nursing Students


Photo Cutline: Three licensed vocational nursing (LVN) graduates from Coastal Bend College Alice recently received scholarships from the Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary.  Those in attendance for the scholarship presentation include (from left to right): Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary Member Joe Vela; CBC Interim Vocational Nursing Director Loana Hernandez; CBC LVN Assistant Professor Audrey Lorberau; CBC Graduate Hope Hinojosa; CBC Graduate Chelsea Torres; CBC Graduate Katy Springs; CBC Alice Site Director Dee Dee Arismendez; and Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary Member Imelda Gonzalez.  

Headline: Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary Presents Scholarships To CBC Alice Nursing Students 

The Christus Spohn Alice Auxilary recently presented three of Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) graduates with scholarships. Hope Hinojosa, Chelsea Torres and Katy Springs were awarded scholarships that will help cover the cost of their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is an examination that CBC LVN graduates must take after the successful completion of the nursing program. This is examination is utilized to determine whether a candidate is prepared for entry into the nursing profession. For more information about the nursing programs offered at CBC Alice, please contact CBC Interim Vocational Nursing Director Loana Hernandez at (361) 664-2981 ext. 3037 or via email at

CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton

Headline: CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton


Photo Cutline: Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) President and CEO Cody Knowlton, center, presents a $5,000 grant to CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks, left, and CBC Foundation Board of Director Douglas Best, right. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for CNA students at CBC Pleasanton.

PLEASANTON, TX—The Coastal Bend College Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA). The grant will provide scholarships and support to students enrolled in the certified nursing assistant (CNA) program at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“CBC’s CNA program is a wonderful way for people to get their careers started in the health care profession,” said CBC Dean of Workforce and Pleasanton Site Director Julia Garcia

Scholarships will be awarded to students whose permanent residence is in the BHFSA eight county service area and whose intent, following certification, is to remain and seek employment in the BHFSA’s eight county service area.

The Coastal Bend College Foundation applied for the grant in response to the expected population growth and health provider shortage area status for Atascosa County.

CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks stated that the Foundation applied for the grant in response to the high demand in the Atascosa County region for quality healthcare professionals.

“Hopefully this opportunity will encourage more students to enroll who otherwise would not be able to afford the program. It’s an honor for the CBC Foundation to play a role in helping educate the next generation of nurses,” Wilbanks said.

CBC’s CNA program in Pleasanton is about a semester long and accepts 15 students per cohort. Students interested in more information can contact Cora Sain, allied health administrative support specialist, at (361) 354-2732 or via email at

For more information about the CNA program scholarships, contact the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at

About the Baptist Health Foundation:

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio was incorporated in 2004 to distribute grants annually to not-for-profit organizations which provide healthcare services and healthcare education throughout Bexar County and contiguous counties in South Texas.

CBC hosts annual Nurse Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony for LVN grads

Headline: CBC hosts annual Nurse Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony for LVN grads

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program hosted their annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony on Thursday, August 18 at the CBC Beeville campus. CBC’s ceremony honored LVN graduates from the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations.

The pinning ceremony is an annual event that signifies a student’s successful completion of their nursing education and commemorates their entrance into the nursing profession. Nursing schools across the United States have kept the pinning ceremony tradition alive to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale started a similar tradition over 150 years ago when she would present graduates from the nursing school she founded with a medal or a pin. CBC’s nursing instructors provided each student with a pin that will be worn throughout his or her nursing career.

In addition, CBC’s LVN graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge while holding a lamp, and each graduates’ candle was lit by one of their instructors. The lighting of the lamp signifies each graduates intention of carrying Nightingale’s dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward.

This year’s keynote speaker was HALO-Flight’s Chief Medical Officer Randy Endsley. He is a resident of Corpus Christi who began his career in the medical field by serving in the United States Air Force. The majority of Endsley’s nursing career was spent in emergency rooms and intensive care units. In 1999, he joined HALO-Flight and was promoted to Chief Medical Officer in 2002.

The following students were honored at CBC’s LVN pinning and candle lighting ceremony:


Adriana Maria Arredondo

Rossana Marie Brown

Melinda Catete

Shante Colon

Celeste Anik Contreras

Michelle Fuentes

Amy Nicole Garza

Monica Renee Gomez

Jessica V. Gonzales

Lizette Gonzalez

Heather Gracia

Richard Anthony Guerrero

Sean J. Harris

Bernice Vera Maloy

Oscar Martinez, Jr.

Ginger Cope Mayfield

Christian Matthew Morón

Micaela “Mickie” Ochoa

Desiree Lyn Rivas

Tarah Leibl Soliz

Amanda Nicole Sorensen

Madison Stone

Pedro Torres


Jasmine Rita Acuna

Christina Alaniz

Alexandra Renee Buentello

Clarissa Rae Cadena

Larissa Cadena

Rose M. Figueroa

Cayla M. Flores

Oscar Garcia, Jr.

Lisa Gill

Amanda Godinez

Monica D. Gonzalez

Stacey E. Helton

Adriana Renee Herrera

Esperanza Hinojosa

Gabrielle N. Mendez

Selena Nevarez-Garcia

Candice Rena Ramirez

Kathy LeeAnn Ramirez

Jessica Rodriguez

Ana Lisa Saldana

Breanna Lynn Salinas

Margarita Salinas

Katherine Springs

Chelsea R. Torres

Alyssa Marie Valdez

Brenda Renee Valdez

Roxane Zamora


Argelia Alanis

Kierstin J. Bohanan

Callee P. Borchardt

JoAnn Cadena

Vanessa Marie Campos

Rebecca Renay Cantu

Andrea M. Chapa

Analisa Coleman

Daniel Esquivel

Bryana J. Gonzalez

Regan A. Gonzalez

Adelaido Longoria III

Nina R. Munoz

Amy Lee Orta

Erika M. Pelaez

Deidre N. Perez

Zaira J. Ramos

Erica Ann Rodriguez

Joanna L. Rodriguez

Samantha L. Rodriguez

Diana Nicole Salazar

Javi Soliz

Criselda M. Soto

Candace B. Tovar

Jennifer M. Trevino

Tristyn Taylor Trevino

Roxanne Y. Tunchez

Marisol Cristal Zuniga


Jacqueline V. Aguilar

Nicole Alvarado

Clarissa Camber

Sarah Crean

Pablo G. Geisel

Amber N. Graham

Chelsea Holick

Stormy Jenkins

Lainie M. Lopez

Nyleen Monsevais

Grace Otuokere

Raygan Parker

Courtney J. Riley

Sandra H. Riley

Lori A. Rodriguez

Simona Trevino

Katie Woodall

For more information about CBC’s LVN program, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at Information is also available online at

Commencement ceremonies set for May 6 at Coastal Bend College

Headline: Commencement ceremonies set for May 6 at Coastal Bend College

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) commencement exercises are scheduled for Friday, May 6. Two ceremonies will take place—one at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium), which is located at the CBC Beeville campus on 3800 Charco Road. Graduates from CBC’s Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations will take part in the College’s annual commencement exercises.

The morning commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. will include graduates in the following programs: airframe & power technology, 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 at 2 p.m. will include graduates in the following programs: accounting, Associate of Arts, automotive technology, computer information technology, health information technology/medical records coding, professional business technology, nursing (LVN, RN and CNA), radiologic technology and welding technology.

CBC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, The Honorable Judge Stephanie Silvas, will deliver this year’s commencement address. Judge Silvas is a 2001 graduate of A. C. Jones High School in Beeville, Texas. She attended CBC and transferred to Texas State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication. Judge Silvas then went on to complete her doctorate of Juris Prudence in 2011 at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 2015, Judge Silvas was appointed Bee County Judge by a unanimous vote during the Bee County Commissioners’ Court Regular Term Meeting. She is the first female judge in Bee County and one of the youngest judges’ in the State of Texas.

CBC’s commencement ceremonies will feature music by Hill County Brass throughout the graduation processional and throughout the program. Students’ family and friends, as well as community members, are invited to attend the annual commencement exercises.

In addition, graduates and their guests are encouraged to attend a free dessert reception sponsored by the CBC Foundation. The dessert reception will take place after each commencement ceremony in front of the George F. Elam Technical-Vocational Building. Additional information about CBC’s commencement exercises is available online at

CBC Vocational Nursing Club’s Heart Disease Awareness Fair

Photo Cutline: CBC’s Vocational Nursing student Sean Harris (far right) evaluates CBC student Gabby Short’s blood pressure at the Vocational Nursing Club’s Heart Disease Awareness Fair. The fair was hosted on Feb. 25 in honor of American Heart Month. Individuals who attended the fair received free health screening services including: height measurements, weight measurements, body mass index measurements, blood pressure monitoring and blood glucose monitoring.