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Plausable Fiscal Deniability?
by DubiousForever
May 14, 2015 | 818 views | 4 4 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Aviation.
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Administration.
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From the Bee-Picayune -

“I have a very simple and direct, straight-forward question,” asked (CBC) Trustee Jeff Massengill. “How much money did we gain, or lose, in this program last year? Did we make money or did we lose money?”

It was a pivotal question.

“We don’t have that,” (CBC President) Espinoza replied.

“For us to make an informed decision,” Massengill continued, “that information would be very useful.”

(CBC Director of Technical Instruction) Behr repeated average enrollment figures since the program started that never exceeded double digits — a benchmark that Espinoza says indicates whether or not a program is sustainable.



Read more: mySouTex.com - Turbulent times remain at CBC

And there you have it in a nutshell.  Rather than being fiscally responsible enough to provide actual data, the Coastal Bend College administration relies on a body count to determine a program's success.  Remember how well relying on a body count did for us in Vietnam?  Moving on:

 

In discussion, (CBC Trustee) Morrill questioned whether there was something else not mentioned by the administration, causing it to favor deactivating the program.

His question was not answered, but Espinoza said the space used by the aviation program could be dedicated to either a diesel mechanic or a culinary arts program, saying she has consistently received queries about creating both.

Espinoza said the CBC leadership group, in recommending the aviation program should be deactivated, did not have information that Carolan had provided at Monday’s session.



Read more: mySouTex.com - Turbulent times remain at CBC

There is already an Automotive program at CBC.  Does Espinoza intend to have a separate diesel program competing against it?  I am not even going to entertain the idea of culinary arts being taught in a mechanic shop.  So if it is not about the money or the body count, then what is it? 

The answer is Dr. Beatriz Espinoza.  She cannot be wrong, under any circumstances.  And unfortunately there are a majority of Board Members who now think this entire matter is a referendum about the CBC President.  The horrible truth is that if this petty excuse is the "benchmark" of Coastal Bend College's success, then the College is doomed.  Please call and/or email your elected Board of Trustee members and tell them that fiscal ambiguity is not acceptable.  It is YOUR tax money being wasted by an administration that does not care to actually calculate Profits vs. Losses.  YOUR Coastal Bend College deserves better. 

Thank You.  

Public Email address for all CBC Board of Trustees: cbcboard@coastalbend.edu or see coastalbend.edu., CBC Board, Contact info.

 

 

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May 15, 2015
The agenda packet for the Wednesday May 20th meeting has been posted. Go to coastalbend.edu, cbc board, boardbook, may 20th meeting, agenda packet. Check out the administration's report on the airframe and power technology deactivation. The fourth item shows that the labs and classroom square footage costs around $250,000 per year, that's around $685.00 dollars per day at 365 days a year. Using the administration's "logic" it costs $42,000 a day, every day, just to operate the college. What a load of nonsense...

Misinformation...
by DubiousForever
May 02, 2015 | 1024 views | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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mis·in·for·ma·tion:
false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive.
 
This is the best description of the Administrative Report that the Coastal Bend College Administration will present to the CBC Board at a Special Meeting Monday, May 4, 2015 at 5:30pm.  To see the full report go to:
 
 
As you can see in Figure 1 the reported COST of the Airframe & Power Technology Program is over 1.2 million.  This is actually the VALUE of the program.  Since when do grants received from Federal or State entities count as COSTS?  Coastal Bend College never spent out of pocket $148,026.80 for a JET Grant.  They received those funds.  The same for the TMPG Grant of $449,969.19.  These Grants ARE NOT COST!  They are funds CBC received.  See the misinformation?  In addition, the CBC Match listed for $225,969.19  was in fact what CBC had spent in program costs up to the time of the Grant requests.  Look again,
 
 TMPG - $449,969.19
Match -  $225, 969.19
Notice the similarities?  See the misinformation?  Let's move on:
 
The important numbers are
 
CBC General Fund Budgeted Funds - $410,018.30  This is ACTUALLY how much CBC has spent on the program over the course of 8 years and includes the CBC Match.
 
Funds brought in by program 2008-2015 - $495,484.73  This the amount of REVENUE the program has made in the course of 8 years.
 
Now some math:  $495,484.73 Revenue
                        - $410,018.30 Cost
                          $  85,466.43 Profit
 
See how easy it is when you removed the misinformation?  The program is viable! 
 
Finally, the administration has said, and is quoted in the paper, as saying the rumor of an expedited teach-out of the program is misinformation.  Now see Figure 2 found on page 2 of the Administration report.  The truth is that an expedited teach-out only serves the CBC administration and board.  The students of the program have said, emphatically, it is NOT within their means.  So who is providing the misinformation?  That's right, Dr. Beatriz Espinoza.  For those who have the ears to hear, you will notice that the word "misinformation" comes often and easily from her lips.  In this case, it is the CBC Administration under the direction of Dr. Espinoza that is supplying the misinformation.  The real question is "WHY?"
 
To see the Airframe & Power Technology Program report and response to the CBC Administration's misinformation go to:
 
 
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DubiousForever
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May 02, 2015
To see the Airframe & Power Technology Program report and response to the CBC Administration's misinformation go to:



https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=36905349


Students Come First...
by DubiousForever
Apr 25, 2015 | 1038 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Furture Airmen.
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There is an old saying:  Don't build a monster you can't afford to feed.

In the Fall of 2012 Sikorsky ceased operations at Chase Field.  This closing was known of well ahead of time and the Airframe & Power Technology Program at Coastal Bend College had to adapt.  The program had been designed to provide training for skilled labor to support the Sikorsky operations.  So the question became one of how to keep the program viable, to serve the community instead of industry directly.  The answer was Federal Aviation Administration Certification.  Instead of workers earning their qualifications to be licensed aircraft mechanics through experience, students would earn their qualifications through an approved aviation maintenance school.

Some $600,000 dollars of taxpayer money was obtained through two grants from the State of Texas with the sole purpose of obtaining the equipment necessary for the program to achieve FAA certification.  Now in aviation terms $600K is a modest program at best, and yet the reasoning has purpose.  The program was designed to service 12 students in a class maximum.  The equipment and grant requests were directed to that number of students, which is the minimum class size the FAA allows for an aviation maintenance school.  Given the area and jobs availability to shoot any higher would be unsustainable.  So the "monster" was just the right size and could be fed affordably.

Working diligently, the Powerplant Certification from the FAA was obtained and certified training began in the Fall 2012 semester.  The first cycle of classes had 10 students.  Maintaining diligence, the Airframe Certification from the FAA was obtained and certified training began in the Fall 2014 semester.  The first cycle of classes, which is currently operating, has 11 students. 

CBC President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza has posted a Special Board Meeting for Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m., with one agenda item: Airframe and Power Technology Program Deactivation. There will be NO public comments allowed. Talk about misinformation, this program is being railroaded. See the Friday edition of Bee-Picayune to see how.

After only two and one-half years of certified training the program is being targeted for deactivation.  The students are being offered an expedited training schedule of eight hours and day five days a week starting immediately after Spring semester (May 11), which is how a proprietary school system works, not a college.  And $600K of taxpayer money is being thrown away instead of being used for it's intended purpose.  Does this sound right to you?  Come to the board meeting and let your attendance and silence speak since Dr. Espinoza will not let you.  Thank you.

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DubiousForever
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April 25, 2015
The figures provided by the college in the agenda packet has an error. The CBC Match for the JET Grant was the amount spent for equipment CBC purchased for the initial start-up and a single instructor's salary up to the point of requesting the JET Grant. This amount ($225,969,19)is then added to the total amount of the program when in fact it is part of the overall CBC General Fund Annual Budget total. What is truly reflected is that the program over the course of eight years has spent $410,018.30 in equipment and the salary of only one instructor. And that the program received, in taxpayer money, $148,026.80 in JET Grant and $449,969.19 in Texas Military Preparedness Grant money. Consider that a CBC instructor makes around $40,000 a year and over the course of eight years, CBC has spent very little on these programs. What is not shown is the revenue generated by the programs. Where are those numbers? Is it possible they would show that the programs have NEVER lost money and that the programs have ALWAYS operated in the black? Admittedly, the programs don't make a whole lot due to the smallness of the programs, but is the amount of money a program makes the overriding factor? A non-profit organization such as a college is SUPPOSED to be about education, otherwise why are pay taxes for it?

Easter Safety Tips.
by DubiousForever
Apr 19, 2014 | 2319 views | 2 2 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

From EmaxHealth -

Easter can be a joyful holiday for the entire family, and if you have a cat or dog (or several), you want to ensure they have a safe time as well. Here are some essential tips to remember.

Hiding candy If you hide chocolate eggs, other chocolates, or any type of candy that contains xylitol (an artificial sweetener), be sure your dogs and cat don’t find them. That includes plastic eggs you may have stuffed with these sweets.

Although your children or grandchildren may be delighted to find these treasures, chocolate and xylitol are toxic to dogs and cats. Be sure you can account for every treat you hide because your pets will likely find any you missed!

Signs and symptoms of poisoning from chocolate can include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, elevated temperature, seizures, and muscle rigidity. Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

Easter flowers can bring trouble Both daffodils and Easter lilies are poisonous to cats if ingested. If your kitty begins to vomit, acts lethargic, becomes disoriented, and/or loses her appetite, get her to a veterinarian immediately. Untreated flower poisoning can result in kidney failure and death.

Even if your cat gets Easter lily pollen on her fur and licks it off, she can experience kidney failure. Dogs are not affected by ingesting these plants.

Beware of Easter grass The colored cellophane Easter grass you stuff into your baskets can be deadly to your cat or dog, and especially the former. When pets eat Easter grass, it can result in an obstruction (called a linear foreign body).

If your cat or dog has eaten Easter grass, the pet may vomit, strain to defecate and/or show signs of the grass hanging out of the mouth or anus. The strings can become entangled in your pet’s tongue or stomach and result in severe damage to the intestinal tract. You should seek help from your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Make a pet Easter basket If you want to make a special Easter basket for your cat or dog, be sure to include items that are safe. For example:

  • Plastic eggs with catnip inside are okay for cats and can provide lots of fun
  • Stuffed toys should not contain any beans or similar objects nor have eyes or other items that the pet can detach and swallow
  • Get your dog a treat dispensing toy
  • Include homemade dog treats or cat treats in the basket

Here’s another tip: give the leftover hardboiled eggs to your pet. After you have used up the hardboiled eggs for as much egg salad as you can stand, you should know that your cat or dog can enjoy them as well.

By Deborah Mitchell - 

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DifferentView2
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April 19, 2014
Yes, I remembered to keep Caturday holy too!

My regrets for being out of touch, but it was time for some PC repairs.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
by DubiousForever
Mar 16, 2014 | 2749 views | 2 2 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Even these guys...lol!
Even these guys...lol!
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To each his own...
To each his own...
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Awkward!
Awkward!
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Kiss me, I'm Irish!
Kiss me, I'm Irish!
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Monday is St. Patrick's Day!

From Wiki -

Saint Patrick's Day, while not a legal holiday in most of the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. 17 March is officially recognized as Evacuation Day in parts of Massachusetts, and St. Patrick's Day is an official holiday in Chatham County, Georgia]. The day is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century.
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March 18, 2014
LOL! I would have responded purrlier but I was out chasing a lepurrchaun.

Spring Break - It Was Great!
by DubiousForever
Mar 15, 2014 | 3145 views | 1 1 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
At the beach...
At the beach...
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Or not....
Or not....
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Don't forget St. Patrick's Day!
Don't forget St. Patrick's Day!
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A catankerous opinion of the situation...
A catankerous opinion of the situation...
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A few pics of the week's events...
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DubiousForever
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March 16, 2014
Still not sure what happened...LOL!

Caturday, March 1, 2014, Are We There Yet?
by DubiousForever
Mar 01, 2014 | 2230 views | 2 2 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
OK, maybe it ain't THAT bad...
OK, maybe it ain't THAT bad...
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Decisions, decisions...
Decisions, decisions...
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Spring will be here soon...
Spring will be here soon...
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Bwahahahahaha!...LOL!
Bwahahahahaha!...LOL!
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I, for one, have had enough of winter...
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March 01, 2014
Have you heard about the Stop Tony Meow app?

It is a software extension that is intended to poke fun at Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. The app will automatically replace pictures of Tony Abbott with pictures of kittens.

On news sites, official government webpages, and anywhere a photo of Tony Abbott appears, this app will make that picture of Tony Abbott go away, and replace it with a picture of a cat.

The most hilarious item though is that it also works for Greg Abbott!!! So whenever a picture appears that has "abbott" in the tag line, it will replace it with kitteh pictures instead. My browsing experience has significantly improved. LOL!

The Great Democratic Round-up.
by DubiousForever
Feb 21, 2014 | 2320 views | 2 2 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
GET REGISTERED!
GET REGISTERED!
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Consider something better...
Consider something better...
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We got them on the run...
We got them on the run...
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Take a bite of freedom!
Take a bite of freedom!
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The Great Democratic Society Of America is proud to announce that it will soon be time to go vote.  NO DONATIONS necessary, more than 400 expected...LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AND YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED.
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DifferentView2
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February 22, 2014
Early voting started this past Tuesday. I voted fur teh Democats--wazzup!

After reading the trash spewed from the draft-dodging, pedophilic, poopy-pantser Nugent. My hope in this situation is that a cat scratch fever might quiet the obnoxiousness of the fool.

BTW, I was already planning to use the broken minion photo for teh Sunday purrmon.

Happy Caturday--you were in purrfect form on the curling video!

Caturday Resolutions.
by DubiousForever
Dec 28, 2013 | 4219 views | 2 2 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The list is long...
The list is long...
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Waxing philosphic...
Waxing philosphic...
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Denial...
Denial...
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Reality...
Reality...
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Well, it's the last Caturday of 2013.  Time to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions...or not.  LOL!
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DifferentView2
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December 28, 2013
Resolved: No Mexican meowtinis during lunch hour of work. It leads to too many compurrmising situations.

Holidays Spirits.
by DubiousForever
Dec 20, 2013 | 2137 views | 2 2 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hola!
Hola!
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From DV2!
From DV2!
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From Dubious!
From Dubious!
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From Jason!
From Jason!
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Holiday Greetings!
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December 20, 2013
Re: Apparrel

Dubious,

It's not gay--it's festive! ROTFL!

BTW, plz bring catnip.

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