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We are excited to announce Cougar Care, an upcoming initiative designed specifically with you in mind. We understand that your journey through college comes with its unique challenges, and we are here to provide you with the comprehensive support you need to thrive academically and personally.

Cougar Care is all about wrap-around services, which means we are committed to addressing not just your academic needs, but also the various life challenges you may encounter while pursuing your education. Cougar Care will focus on basic needs, including:

  • Mental Health Support
  • Food Resources
  • Emergency Aid
  • Transportation
  • Caregiving

The heart of Cougar Care is to create a network of support at all CBC locations, making sure that you have easy access to the resources you need. Our goal is to remove non-academic barriers that may stand in your way and empower you to achieve your educational goals.

As you embark on your educational journey at CBC, know that Cougar Care is here for you!

Check your Cougar Mail for updates and more information!

What is Cougar Care?

Cougar Care, Coastal Bend College's new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), will create a program for students to easily access support services across all CBC locations. CBC employees will receive training to identify student challenges related to basic needs, understand their role in Cougar Care, and learn effective ways to help students succeed.

Cougar Care's goal is to boost student success by recognizing and reducing the impact of obstacles to basic needs through comprehensive support services.


Mental Health Resources

QEP Exploration & Steering Committee

Dr. Kayla Devora-Jones, co-chair

Dean of Student Services & Accessibility

Jarod Bleibdrey, co-chair

Dean of Career & Technical Education

Dr. Justin Hoggard


Dr. Patricia Rehak


Loana Hernandez

Dean of Nursing & Allied Health

Mark Secord

Dean of Transfer & General Education

Dr. Michelle Lane

Executive Director of IER

Jennifer Blanton

CBC- Pleasanton Site Director

Dr. Lisa Castaneda

CBC-Alice Site Director

Keenan Woods

CBC-Kingsville Site Director

Susie Gaitan

Dual Credit Director

Daniel Rea

Student Success Coordinator

Mike Rowlett

Data Scientist

Lara Billard

Website Specialist

Christi Morgan

TGE Faculty

Anna Hazelrigg

TGE Faculty

Kelly Rea

TGE Faculty

Luz Miranda

TGE Faculty

Dr. Roman Smith

TGE Faculty

Laura Lynn Southland

NAH Faculty

Virginia Wall

NAH Faculty

Joel Lopez

CTE Faculty