CBC grad joins CBC Marketing & Public Relations staff

Headline: CBC grad joins CBC Marketing & Public Relations staff

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the addition of Sera F. Quiroga to its Office of Marketing & Public Relations. As the Communications Staff Writer, Quiroga will have the privilege of spreading the word about the many positive things happening at the College’s four locations.

SeraQuirogaQuiroga is a native of Beeville who graduated with honors from A. C. Jones High School in 2010. After graduation she continued her education at CBC, competed in intercollegiate athletics and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in 2011.

She transferred to Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio to further her education. While at OLLU she continued her softball career for one year then opted to give up athletics and focus solely on her education. Quiroga received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Public Relations in 2014.

Quiroga brings two years of public relations and communications writing experience to CBC. She interned and was mentored by the OLLU Sports Information Director Patty Constantin, in addition to serving as an intern for the San Antonio Talons, an Arena Football League team, during their 2014 season.

“I consider myself one of the lucky ones who’s had professors, employers, co-workers, friends and family who genuinely believed in me when it comes to my education. My support system is one of the many reasons why I came back to Beeville. I am grateful to be able to come back to my hometown and work for a college that provides so many educational and career opportunities for its students.”

Quiroga can be contacted via email at squiroga@coastalbend.edu or via telephone at (361) 354-2259.

Skills development training available for small businesses

Coastal Bend College supports the South Texas small businesses by partnering with Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to provide customized training for employees.  TWC responds to the training needs of Texas businesses that have fewer than 100 employees with the Skills for Small Businesses Program and Skills Development Fund program.

The emphasis of the Small Business Program is on training for newly-hired and incumbent employees for the purpose of increasing business competitiveness, upgrading employees’ skills and preparing new employees for job requirements.

Tuition for training provided through CBC may be covered in part or entirely with grant funding through the Skills Development Fund for Small Business program. Training is focused in six industry clusters identified by Governor Rick Perry: aerospace and defense; advanced technologies and manufacturing; biotech and life sciences; energy; petroleum refining and chemical products; and information and computer technology. Businesses may apply to TWC for a grant for $1450 per year for new employees and $750 per year for incumbent employees.

In 2009, the fund disbursed $23 million to 170 Texas businesses, upgrading the skills of almost 16,000 workers. Under the Skills Development Fund program, businesses gain a more highly trained workforce and the Texas economy is strengthened.

“Large businesses have had access to training dollars, but this year the Texas Workforce Commission is putting their training dollars into small businesses which are the true engines of rural Texas economic development and now Coastal Bend College and TWC are here to help small businesses train their employees to be more efficient and effective.” said Glynis Holm Strause, CBC Director of CCE.

 CBC Customized and Continuing Education can design classes to meet specific needs of small business to enhance the skills of new and incumbent employees. The application for the grant may be accessed at www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/funds/ssb.html and CBC CCE staff can provide assistance in completing it. Businesses in the same industry cluster are encouraged to join together to customize and share classes with common career objectives.  To learn more, contact Coastal Bend College Continuing Education at (361) 362-2633 or www.coastalbend.edu.