Coastal Bend College (CBC) is a two-year community college in Beeville, Texas. First known as Bee County College, the school was founded in 1965. The campus is located in a rural setting about five kilometers from downtown Beeville and just under a hundred miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
The college has three branch campuses in Kingsville, Alice, and Pleasanton as well as an education center at McConnell Prison in Beeville. The college serves a wide catchment area, including Bee, Brooks, McMullen, Duva, Karnes, Live Oak, and Jim Wells counties. Altogether, this area covers more than 9,000 square miles. Today over 3,500 students are enrolled in classes here at any given time.
A wide variety of academic programs are available here. Degrees offered include the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Certificates of Achievement. The medical and health career tracks are particularly strong. Skills and classes include the Medication Administration course, offered to those already employed in a Medicare or Medicaid skilled nursing facility, teaches the preparation and administration of medications to residents of those facilities. A one-day refresher class in medication administration is offered for those who have previously been trained but haven’t used their skills recently.
Specialized Programs and Requirements
Students interested in the Registered Nursing program must take and pass the TEAS exam with a score of at least 75 as well as pass a drug test and a criminal background check.
The phlebotomy course teaches venitech skills leading to the Texas State Exam at the completion of the class. As part of the class, students must complete 15 full days of clinical work, including at least 120 successful venipunctures and 20 finger pricks.
The Pharmacy Technician program is a 12 month certificate program. Pharmacy technicians in Texas work under the supervision of a pharmacist to provide technical services that do not require professional judgement, such as filling prescriptions, preparing sterile pharmacy products, reviewing new prescriptions, transcribing physician orders, maintaining inventory, and more.
The Child Development education prepares students to take jobs in child care centers, including preschool programs, Head Start operations, private kindergartens, and as teacher assistants in grade schools. To qualify for the program, prospective students must test negatively for tuberculosis, pass a criminal background check, and have CPR and First Aid certifications. For some positions, it is necessary to also acquire a food handler’s certificate. Students who may pose any kind of threat to children will be excluded from the program.
Academic Programs for Transfer
A large percentage of graduates go on to four year institutions to earn a bachelor’s degree. The school offers 27 areas of concentration in credits which are transferable to four year institutions. Popular programs for students planning to transfer include computer science, elementary education, pre-med, pharmaceutical studies, and business administration.
Occupational and vocational training courses are offered in accounting, air conditioning and refrigeration, child development, drafting and design technology, welding, office automation technology, vocational nursing, cosmetology, dental hygiene, office management, law enforcement, and health information technology. A large number of adult vocational classes and forms of community service education are offered. These classes are not eligible for credit on a transcript and cannot qualify for financial aid.
College Credit for High School Students
College credit programs are offered to area high school students who wish to begin earning college credit early. To qualify, students must apply for admission, receive permission from their high school counselor and principal, and sign a course articulation agreement.
A summer intensive class in Spanish immersion is a unique program offered here. The course takes place on site in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Students take classes at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with Spanish-speaking families, and generally enjoy the rich culture and delicious food available in San Juan. Sessions are available for high school students, traditional college students, and adults of all ages. Spanish teachers in public schools may earn up to 60 hours of continuing professional education credit through the program.
Basic Adult Education
The college is the main educating body in the field of adult basic education in the Beeville area. This program provides reading, writing, and English instruction for adults with minimal educations. One of the largest arms of the program is English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. The adult basic education program also offers General Equivalency Degree (GED) studies.
Leadership training is available for community members in their catchment area through the Texas Rural Leadership Program (TRPL). Program offerings are extensive and include workshops, field trips, visiting lecturers, and more.
CBC offers several services to help their students succeed in academia. These include academic advising, special needs services for students with documented learning disabilities or physical disabilities, career development services, and assistance with employment searches.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent who wishes to study in higher education. International students are also welcome to apply. To apply, students should have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and send their application in with academic transcripts, proof of immunization, proof of medical insurance, negative tuberculosis test, and proof of English proficiency. Students who do not otherwise prove English proficiency should send a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score—the school requires a score of at least 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer test, or 61 on the internet test.
In addition to the range of state and federal financial aid opportunities open to any college or university student in Texas, this college also offers several of their own scholarships, including math and physics outreach scholarships, kinesiology and health science outreach scholarships, visual and performing arts outreach scholarships, social science outreach scholarships, and protective service outreach scholarships.
On-campus housing is open for their students. Benton Hall is a coed dormitory which houses 134 students. The college also owns twenty apartments with single bedrooms for students. Students may choose to live in apartments by themselves or share them with a roommate. Apartment assignments are prioritized for married students, especially those with disabled dependents and students with children. Two of the units are designed for disabled students.
Students who wish to live on campus must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. There is a dormitory scholarship available for international students.
Food on the campus consists of standard cafeteria fare. Meal plans are available to all students. Students who live in dormitories must purchase a meal plan for either 15 or 19 meals a week. Students living in residence share free “Super Suppers” on a regular basis. Dormitories are student-governed through the Housing Committee.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Cougars participate in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball on the intramural level. A variety of intramural sports and recreational opportunities are offered for the wider student body as well.
Beeville has a population of roughly 15,000. It is just under a hundred kilometers from Corpus Christi and Victoria. San Antonio is 135 kilometers away. Beeville is an agricultural community with a large amount of ranching and oil. Law enforcement is a major industry in this part of Texas, as several prisons are located here.
Many successful alumni live and work in the Beeville area. Mike Garrett, former president and CEO of Georgia Power, is a notable SPSU alumnus.
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