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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.
Public Email address for all CBC Board of Trustees: firstname.lastname@example.org or see coastalbend.edu., CBC Board, Contact info.
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.
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:
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 -