Career center opens
by Chip Latcham
Mar 07, 2014 | 238 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Wednesday afternoon, Coastal Bend College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new 4,000-square- foot Beeville Career Center located within the Grady C. Hogue Learning Resource Center. The festive event was well attended by those invested in education and the community.

This move not only strengthens the natural partnership between Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend and CBC, but offers Bee County and surrounding communities a one-stop shop for job seekers who may wish to utilize services and obtain workforce training or take college credit courses, according to team members.

Being located on the CBC campus allows WFSCB to play a role in helping students and residents find gainful employment and become economically self-sufficient as part of its overall mission.

Workforce Solutions and Ken Trevino, president/CEO, greatly appreciate all the help and guidance that CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza offered the organization during this transition and relocation.

As County Judge David Silva, who has taught history at the college for many years, said, “It is one of those things that should have happened years ago. Education has changed so much and the way we deliver it,” he said at the open house.

Instead of an area in the library housing volumes of history and research books, the space is now filled with cubicles which will be utilized by Workforce resources to help college students choose classes that will benefit them after graduation in locating good, paying jobs.

Dr. Espinoza said that this is just the latest in the college’s effort to expand its offerings into the community.

“It is a new day and we are working together to form partnerships with a lot of the resources in our community and at our fingertips,” she said.

“I understand it is the first in the state,” she said, adding that “we already know (the program) is successful.”

Martha Warner, a new college board member, praised this latest addition to CBC. The former prosecutor knows how important an education is to keeping young people out of trouble and prison.

“An education and a good job go a long way,” she said.

From all accounts, this Workforce/CBC partnership could be a game-changer for many seeking rewarding careers in this rural region.
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