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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Taft High School artist earns ‘Best of Show’

Beeville, Goliad, Kingsville, Kenedy, Nixon, San Diego, Smiley, Sinton, Taft, Three Rivers and Woodsboro artists compete for honors
Katy Perry by Kati Pina, Best of Show

Katy Perry by Kati Pina, Best of Show

Kati Pina of Taft High School earned Best of Show honors for her entry, “Katy Perry.” Pina’s work was awarded first place for her entry, “Waitress” in the Drawing/Pencil category. Last year, Pina earned first place for her pencil drawing and first place for her colored drawing.

Ten area high schools participated in the annual art competition. The award-winning student work is currently on display in the Simon Michael Art Gallery in Coastal Bend College’s Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building in Beeville. The show will run through March 11. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some high school art competition winners are offered scholarships to study art at Coastal Bend College.

Other winners and honorable mentions follow.

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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. 

 Applications are being accepted now through Jan 6 for the next quarter, which begins on January 9. Orientation for this quarter will be held January 10-12 at the following times and locations:

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GED, pre-GED 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. 

 Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 21 for the next quarter, which begins on Oct. 31. Orientation for this quarter will be held October 25-27 at the following times and locations:

 Beeville: [Day Classes] Oct. 25 and 26, 8:30 a.m. – noon and [Night Classes] Oct. 25, 6-9:30 p.m. at Lott-Canada Facility, 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (U.S. Hwy 59 West), Beeville

 Ingleside: Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. at Ingleside High School, Room 44, Ingleside

 Taft: Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Taft High School, Parent Education Room, 400 College St, Taft

 George West: Oct. 26, 6 p.m., George West High School, Room 402 (Science Annex), George West

 Sinton: Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at 104 E Sinton St. in Sinton

 Those interested in attending GED or adult education classes must attend the orientation to be enrolled.  During orientation, students will be given a skills test that determines their classroom placement. Students who are 16 years old must have a court order from a judge to register and 17-year-olds need to have parental consent and documented withdrawal from the last school they attended. 

 ESL classes are also available year round in Beeville for English language learners.

 For more information, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 362-6095 or rgleason@coastalbend.edu.

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Leadership graduates team up to teach youth about careers

Geno Vargas

Geno Vargas of Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend works with a youth group on building a solid resume.

“We wanted youth to know that soft skills are important,” Scotty Draper said about the recent Tools for Tomorrow Youth Conference held in Beeville. More than 70 Coastal Bend College TRiO students from Beeville, George West, Odem, Sinton, Taft, Karnes City, Kenedy, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Refugio, Runge, Skidmore, Taft and Three Rivers attended the daylong event.

 Draper and Lisa DelBosque co-chaired the event and worked with other graduates of the Critical Thinking in Leadership 2011 Class. Tristen Martinez, Belinda Flores and Mark Jaffrion of Beeville; and Sue Ellen Brown and Christi Mascarro of Refugio combined their expertise and leadership skills to put together an event that benefitted area youth. They created the conference as a Leadership group project to introduce teenagers to the “need to know skills” they’ll have to have for college and the workforce.  

 The conference started out with guest speaker Geno Vargas of Workforce Solutions. His message, “You’re the BEST,” resonated with the participants. Break out sessions followed, addressing issues like how to dress, how to interview, writing resumes and managing money. Vargas worked with participants on resume construction and Refugio County Treasurer Louise Addull worked with them on answering interview questions. The event wrapped up with a career/job fair where participants were able to talk to professionals and learn about career opportunities.

 “The Upward Bound students were great! They were very respectful of each of our presenters, interested in what they were hearing, asked questions, and really made the day go smoothly for us,” Draper said.  “We couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids.”

 Career/job fair presenters included: Mary Reyes, Coastal Bend College and Beeville Independent School District CNA Program; Estevan Vasquez, CBC Athletic Coordinator and head softball coach; Elizabeth Shelton, DDS, Bee Center for Dentistry; Jessica Valdez, dental hygienist, Bee Center for Dentistry; Martha Warner, district attorney, 156th Judicial District; Chris McDonald, game warden, State of Texas; Chris Priddy, HEB Central Checkout Operations Manager; Raymond Carolan, CBC Aviation Technology Instructor; Roy Coley, CBC Oil & Gas Technology Instructor; Bob Roberts, CBC Division Chair for Technology; Mark Joffrion, MT (ASCP), lab manager, Christus Spohn Hospital; Patsy Echavarry, community education coordinator, Exclusive Home Health & Hospice, Inc.; Patrol Sergeant Ronnie Jones, Bee Co. Sheriff’s Office; Patrol Deputy, J.D. Aguirre, Bee Co. Sheriff’s Office; Perry Langbein, Perry Langbein Photography; Jennifer McCall, writer; Larry Wren, RN, Director of Business Development, Exclusive Home Health & Hospice, Inc.; Taliesin McCall, English teacher, A.C. Jones High School; Michael J. Alvarez, P.E. transportation engineer, Texas Department of Transportation; Mitzie Gibson, construction record keeper, Texas Department of Transportation; Rachel Hensch, DVM, Beeville Veterinary Hospital; Rachel Flores, personnel manager, Wal-Mart Supercenter; Matt Reidy, wildlife biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Patricia Lucio, business service representative, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend; Stephanie Salinas, youth career counselor, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. Mike Stone of Sonic, America’s Drive-In, provided coupons for students who attended the event.

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