Safeland training held at Coastal Bend College

Willbros Construction in George West, Rock Water Energy Solutions in Alice, and Cameron International in Corpus Christi sent employees to Coastal Bend College recently for oil and gas industry basic orientation. The course was taught by Terry Kirkpatrick, a safety trainer and consultant with over 23 years of experience in the industry.

Safeland Basic Orientation

Safety training for the oil and gas industry was recently held at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Including in the training were, from left, Andrew Hernandez of Houston, Juan Hernandez of Corpus Christi, Wayne Petri of Marshall, Neil Croch of Houston, Raul Benevides of Rio Grande City, Eddie Banuelos of Mission, Samuel Garza of Rio Grande City, Artemil Salinas of Rio Grande City, Rueben Hernandez of Alice, Cruz Perez of Alice, Erasmos Marines of Eagle Pass, Joe Martinez of Alice, Joe Martinez of Austin, Doug McVey of Beeville, Alejandro Rodriguez of Alamo, Dennis Cardona of Corpus Christi, Cory Hendrix of Corpus Christi and Safeland basic instructor Terry Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick as a safety trainer increases the availability of training and also makes it possible to do on-site training throughout the Eagle Ford Shale region. He is a qualified OSHA compliance inspector and works with oil and gas companies on managing employee training. His instruction is primarily awareness training, however in-depth and customized training is also available through the college’s continuing education program.

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Career fair to be held at Bee County Expo Center

Whether you are looking for your first job or re-entering the workforce, Coastal Bend College is eager to help you. Representatives from area businesses and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend will be at Bee County Expo Center on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist you in finding a job or looking into a new career.

The Sixth Annual Beeville Community Career Fair is sponsored by Coastal Bend College, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, Bee County Expo Center and Kicker 106.

Contact Shelby Rosales at (361) 362-3290 or to register. Registration is required to attend.

High School Administrators: Your students are welcome to attend this educational and informative event. Please RSVP by contacting Lindsey Hagen at (361) 354-2728 or

Interested Employers and Exhibitors: Contact Pat Lucio, Workforce Solutions, at or (361) 358-8941 for booth information.


Coastal Bend College honored by George West Chamber

Coastal Bend College was recently named George West Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month, an honor given to local businesses for their impact on the county.

George West Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month

Coastal Bend College Dean of Institutional Advancement Glynis Holm Strause and CBC Interim President Jimmy Goodson, right, show off a plaque and banner denoting the college’s honor of being named George West Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month.

“Coastal Bend College is proud to be a good partner with George West Chamber of Commerce, as well as with all chambers of commerce in our service area,” said CBC Dean of Institutional Advancement Glynis Holm Strause, a lifelong resident of George West. Strause was named to the Chamber of Commerce Wall of Honor in 2010. “It is important for us that the citizens of our service area where there is not a campus know that we are available to them to meet their needs for credit, non-credit, dual credit and online courses.”

CBC is a full-service public two-year community college with academic transfer and workforce credit courses, online courses, customized and continuing education, and dual credit courses. Approximately 3,500 students, including hundreds each year from Live Oak County, are served.

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Adult education classes offered in South Texas

Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility provides free GED® preparation courses for anyone interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma (GED®). Classes are offered in reading, writing and mathematics to adults seeking to improve the basic skills necessary to function effectively in their personal and family lives, in the workplace, and in the community. These classes are free.

Students are now being accepted to classes held at the following times and locations:

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Great Tips Offered for Festival and Event Organizers

The Texas Leadership Institute (TLI) invites festival and event organizers to take advantage of an outstanding regional workshop coming to Beeville in March.  TLI Workshop 1362:  Developing Successful Festivals & Events is scheduled from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on March 20 in Beeville at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road and will provide insight into insurance needs; marketing and promoting events; the nuts and bolts of planning events; and best practices for working with your community.  This workshop is hosted by Coastal Bend College, Continuing Education.

 “Although festivals and events are a lot of fun, they also require an extreme amount of organization and work to be successful”, said Dr. Greg Clary, TCRE Chairman.  “These experienced instructors will teach you to tackle festival planning systematically and efficiently”, continued Dr. Clary.

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