A.C. Jones High School sophomore parents invited to dual credit info session

Coastal Bend College and A.C. Jones High School will host the annual Sophomore Class Passport Program on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marecek Physical Fitness Center in Beeville. Dual credit students who are Bee County residents can take tuition-free college classes. Parents interested in learning about dual credit opportunities available for high schoolers are encouraged to attend and take part in a parent’s panel discussion. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jennifer Linney at (361) 354-2722 or jcoker@coastalbend.edu or call the high school counseling office.

Register Now for Spring

Students planning to attend classes at Coastal Bend College starting in January 2012 may register now at www.coastalbend.edu. A bacterial meningitis vaccination, with the last shot in the series administered no less than ten days before the start of classes, is required for new and transfer students and those returning after a break of at least one semester. For more information or to register now, go to www.coastalbend.edu.

Students can apply to CBC at ApplyTexas.org

Future Coastal Bend College students can now apply online at www.Applytexas.org. A single application can be submitted to most public Texas colleges and universities.

Coastal Bend College makes immediate changes to immunization policy in line with new state law

Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Required for Spring 2012

 Beginning Spring 2012 semester, a new state law requires all students entering institutions of higher education to show evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five year period prior to enrollment and not less than ten days before the first day of the semester. Entering students include transfer students from other colleges and returning or continuing students who have had a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

 The law allows for exceptions for:

  • A student 30 years of age or older;
  • A student enrolled only in online or other distance learning courses;
  • A student who submits an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States. It must be stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; and
  • A student who submits an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form (Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience) from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. Several weeks are required to have the form approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services after it’s been submitted.

 To get the vaccine, check with your family doctor or local public health department.

Coastal Bend College is working on a process for submission of immunization documentation and once finalized the process will be posted on the CBC website www.coastalbend.edu. Please continue to check for updated information regarding this new requirement.

 For more information about immunization requirements, contact the Velma Elizalde, CBC Dean of Students Services at (361) 354-2301.

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Coastal Bend College Adult Basic Education students practice fire safety at Lott-Canada

Each month, students in the Adult Basic Education program at Coastal Bend College come together for activity day, a shared learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. Typical activities include presentations from guest speakers, and participatory events such as science stations and multi-level spelling bees. When Program Director Roxann Gleason learned about ProLiteracy’s Keys to Safety Campaign, she decided to host an activity day dedicated to fire prevention and safety.

Gleason’s interest in fire safety runs in her family. Her daughter, Heather Greenwell, is a physical therapist in the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, a division of the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research located at Fort Sam Houston. When Gleason’s local fire department was not able to participate in the activity day, she contacted Greenwell for assistance.

Preparing for Activity Day

In preparation for the fire safety activity day, instructors used materials provided by ProLiteracy to teach basic fire prevention and safety. Students learned about escape plans and fire drills, smoke alarm installation and maintenance, and fire extinguisher use. Gleason also brought in a smoke alarm to demonstrate testing.

Students had a chance to learn practical fire safety tips and ask questions in the comfort of their regular classroom, building interest in the topic and setting the stage for an informative guest speaker presentation.

As instructors shared critical safety information with students, they began to pay more attention to safety precautions and processes in their own organization. This resulted in several improvements to the program’s overall safety plan. Staff tested the smoke alarms in the building to ensure that each was in proper working condition. For the first time ever, they developed an escape plan, complete with a safe outdoor meeting place. The plan was shared with students, and everyone participated in a program-wide fire drill. Program staff also noticed that there were no illuminated fire exit signs over the doors in the building. The problem was reported to the building administrators and the signs will be installed soon.

A Powerful Presentation

With support from her colleagues at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Greenwell put together a presentation for the students and staff of the Coastal Bend College Adult Basic Education Program. She shared personal stories and images that provided approximately 40 attendees with a realistic understanding of the aftermath of a burn injury. She spoke of the challenges faced by her patients who are currently undergoing extensive therapy to regain skills and mobility lost to fire-related injuries, and of the impact access to physical therapy can have on the healing process.

Next Steps

The Coastal Bend College Adult Basic Education Program plans to offer additional fire prevention and safety programming in the future. While Gleason’s daughter will soon be transferred out of state, it is likely that another representative from Brooke Army Medical Center will be able to participate in the event. Gleason plans to involve the local fire department in the next program.

“This collaboration added a unique dimension to the fire prevention and safety activity day, and rounded out the basic fire prevention and safety tips the students learned in the classroom with a realistic look at the devastation a fire can leave behind,” Gleason said.

For more information about Adult Basic Education at CBC Lott-Canada Facility, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 362-2633.

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