Author: Carol Langston

Fall 2019 Registration

Galveston College sets fall 2019 general registration

General registration for the fall 2019 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 19-22, on the first floor of Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 26.

The fall course schedule includes classes in accounting, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computed tomography, cosmetology, computer and network administration, computer science, criminal justice, culinary arts, developmental studies, diagnostic medical sonography, drama, economics, education, electrical and electronics technology, emergency medical services, engineering, English, environmental science, government, health information and healthcare management.

Also, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), history, humanities, instrumentation technology, kinesiology/physical education, law enforcement, learning framework, magnetic resonance imaging, mathematics, medical administration, music, nuclear medicine, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, radiation therapy, radiography, sociology, Spanish, speech, surgical technology, vocational nursing and welding technology.

New students can apply for admission at or To view the complete schedule of classes, visit

For more information, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at or (409) 944-4242.

Student Ambassadors Graphic

Galveston College accepts applications for student ambassadors

Galveston College is accepting applications from now through Sept. 19 for student ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Galveston College Ambassadors program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing Galveston College.

What is a Galveston College Ambassador?

Galveston College Ambassadors are a select a group of dedicated student leaders who give service in the fall and spring semesters to the college and surrounding communities. Ambassadors are also liaisons between faculty, staff, students and the community.

Galveston College Ambassadors support, promote and represent Galveston College through volunteerism at campus and community events, such as campus tours, student activities, recruiting events, banquets, galas and meetings. Galveston College Ambassadors may be asked to appear in college promotional materials, commercials and videos.

What does a student ambassador receive?

  • Stipend of $100 per month for the months of August, September, October, November, February, March, April and May
  • Official Galveston College attire to wear when representing Galveston College as an ambassador

The deadline to submit references and applications is Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in person to the Office of Student Activities, Cheney Student Center Room 110, or via email to

Required documents are as follows:

  • Student Ambassador application
  • Two references

To request an application and reference forms, email Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities, at or come by the Office of Student Activities, Cheney Student Center Room 110.

2018 General Assembly

Fall 2019 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly is Aug. 16

The Fall 2019 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly is set for Friday, Aug. 16, beginning with a breakfast buffet at 8 a.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College. The college will be closed that day to allow maximum participation in the in-service activities.

At 8:30 a.m., Dr. Myles Shelton, president, will present a welcome, introductions and college updates, followed by a student services update featuring Ron Crumedy, associate vice president of student services and a presentation on the Pathways Project featuring Dr. Sandra Metoyer, director of the Title V Pathways Project.

Following a break, Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, will present a session on “Monitoring What Matters.”

At 10:15 a.m., Dr. Shelton, Dr. Matthews, Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for administration, and Crumedy will present a strategic planning update. Dr. Shelton will follow with a legislative update at 11 a.m.

A buffet luncheon prepared by the culinary team of Mr. C’s Dugout will be served at 11:45 a.m.

A faculty professional development session will begin at 1 p.m. in Room FA-207 of the Fine Arts Building, with a bookstore update by Tina Sidelnik of Texas Book Store.

Joe Bernard, director of educational services, will present an online pedagogy professional development workshop at 1:15 p.m. There will be a break from 2:30-2:45 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., Crumedy will present a student services update, followed by an instructional affairs update at 3 p.m.

A faculty assembly, chaired by Dr. Larry Blomstedt, president of the Faculty Senate, will convene at 3:15 p.m.


Above: Galveston College staff members listen to a speaker at the Fall 2018 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly.

Food For Thought at Galveston College

Galveston College announces fall 2019 Food for Thought market dates

Galveston College has announced fall 2019 distribution dates for the Food for Thought mobile farmers market on the college’s main campus at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check in, distribution and clean up.

Market dates are as follows:

Galveston College Main Campus 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center 

  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Thursday, Dec. 12

Market hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

The Food for Thought market gives students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

“The food scholarship assists with lowering grocery expenses throughout the semester and allows students to stay fueled and healthy while pursuing their educational goals,” said Cynthia Parra, student activities coordinator and Food for Thought market coordinator at Galveston College.

Currently enrolled students can obtain client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or the office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.

Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at or (409) 944-1234.

Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule now online

Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule now online

The Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule is now online!

Click here to browse the wide variety of skilled trades, allied health, IT training, online learning, first responder training, personal enrichment, and food, fun and fitness classes offered at Galveston College.

Due to campus construction, the Continuing Education department has temporarily moved to the Cheney Student Center on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Register for classes in person or by phone from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (The college is closed on Fridays through Aug. 9.) Or click here to register online.

For more information, email or call (409) 944-1344.

Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab

Galveston College joins Houston Guided Pathways to Success

Galveston College and Alvin Community College are the latest institutions to join the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) consortium, a regional collaboration of colleges and universities established in 2015 to increase college completion rates and streamline student transfer between two- and four-year institutions. The initiative helps students makes informed choices by providing academic maps, default course pathways, meta-majors, intrusive advising and more.

“I am thrilled that so many institutions see the value in partnering together to achieve student success,” said Paula Myrick Short, UHS senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I think that Houston GPS has really transformed the way we think about how students approach college, and what is the best fit for them. With each new institution that joins our ranks, there are new opportunities to learn from each other, and truly work together to tailor experiences and pathways that will work for today’s students.”

Just 40 miles south of Houston, Galveston College opened its doors in 1967 as a comprehensive community college. It currently serves approximately 2,300 students each semester in credit programs and almost 1,300 students annually in continuing education programs. It offers over 21 associate degrees and 17 certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses in English, reading, mathematics and study skills to prepare a wide discipline of students. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College, focused on the benefits to the region.

“The necessity of more individuals holding appropriate degrees or certificates is an absolute for the well-being of our regional economy. Houston GPS provides a means for achieving long-term economic health of our region,” he said. “Our primary goal for Galveston College is to help students achieve their goal of earning a degree or certificate with successful career placement or transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. This is about helping every student succeed. Houston GPS is an outstanding and efficient tool to help students reach their goals and succeed.”

Alvin Community College was established as part of the Alvin Independent School District in 1948, and remained under that jurisdiction until 1971, when it became the Alvin Junior College District. In 2016, the college was named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, and during the same year, was one of 67 in the U.S. named as part of the Second Chance Pell program, which offers scholarship assistance for incarcerated students. Its enrollment has grown from 134 students in 1949 to almost 6,000, and currently offers over 40 associate degrees, with three fully online degrees and numerous certificate programs.

“The partnership with Houston GPS has the potential to be the community college – university transfer blueprint for the state, making this region the gold standard for transfer partnerships. In addition, this partnership will help ensure that our region meets its 60×30 target goals,” said Christal M. Albrecht, president of Alvin Community College (ACC). “This partnership will provide the foundational work that ACC has accomplished in terms of transferability of courses and assure students that ACC course work will always transfer. It’s a partnership that helps to build trust between the institutions and the students.”

With the addition of these two community colleges, thirteen institutions encompassing more than 300,000 students make up the Houston GPS consortium: Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College District, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Galveston College Upward Bound at MIT

TRIO Upward Bound students visit Boston

Students in the Galveston College Upward Bound program recently visited Boston, Massachusetts, to participate in a variety of cultural and educational enrichment field trips and college tours.

While in Boston, the students toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Science.

They also attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, participated in an educational and historical harbor tour, learned the Boston subway, ate at Wahlburgers and more.

Galveston College Upward Bound, a TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, is a college preparatory program designed to serve 60 ninth through 12th grade students at Ball High School.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education by increasing the academic performance and motivation of participants.

For more information on the TRIO Upward Bound program at Galveston College, call (409) 944-1253.

Above:  Galveston College Upward Bound program students and staff members tour the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus during a recent cultural and educational enrichment field trip to Boston. For more photo highlights of the trip, click here.

Regent Armin Cantini

Galveston College Regent Armin Cantini elected to Community College Association of Texas Trustees Board of Directors

Armin Cantini was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

CCATT is a premier source of community college trustee development that provides professional education programs and governance training through regional meetings, webinars and an annual conference. The organization focuses on delivering the latest information and research on exemplary community college practices and programs.

Regent Cantini currently serves as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community College Leadership Council. He is also a past chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents where he is now serving a second six-year term.

He was a founding member of the Galveston College Foundation and its Universal Access Community Endowment almost two decades ago. In addition, Regent Cantini and his wife Gail have been ardent supporters of the Galveston College Nursing program and have endowed the Lynn Levin Cantini Nursing Assistance Fund.

In his remarks at the CCATT annual conference, Regent Cantini said he has followed the progression of the organization and is proud that working in concert with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the Association of Community College Trustees and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board everyone has come together to speak with one voice regarding community college issues in Austin and in Washington.

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound honors students, grads at 2019 Showcase and Awards Ceremony

The Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound program celebrated its 2019 Showcase and Awards Ceremony July 11 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

Priselda P. Perez, Upward Bound director, and Dr. Myles Shelton, president, welcomed the audience to campus and recognized guests and alumni.

Following a dinner and slideshow presentation, Upward Bound alumna Limesha Hill Solomon gave a keynote presentation. Students also presented an American Sign Language presentation and a computer science presentation. Julianna Salinas, Class of 2019 graduate, also gave an inspirational presentation.

Academic achievement awards, summer academic achievement course awards, academic year A/B honor roll students and seniors were recognized.

Flavio Ramos, Class of 2019 graduate, gave a motivational presentation. Successful completion awards were presented.

Upward Bound Alumna Makia Golliday presented an inspirational closing poem.

Class of 2019 members and their chosen colleges include Karson Amaro, Anthony Duque, Jennifer Escalante, Noemi Mata, Jaylan Nixon, Citlalli Ramos, Miranda Ramos, Natalia Ramos, Andre Sellers, Madison Smith and Chloe Wilber, all of Galveston College; Brianna Parson and Kyianna Parson, both of University of North Texas; Giovanni Perez, San Jacinto College; Jaqueline Perez, Texas State University; Flavio Ramos, University of Texas at Austin; Devin Reyna, Tyler Junior College; Julianna Salinas, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

For more photo highlights of the ceremony, click here.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy program to start in August

Galveston College will begin the second class of its popular Massage Therapy program next month.

The courses, which are offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, start Aug. 26 and continue through Dec. 11.

Classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston, Texas.

Fall semester courses include Health and Hygiene, Massage Fundamentals I, Kinesiology, Pathology for Massage, and Reflexology and Chair Massage.

Spring semester courses include Massage Fundamentals II, Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, Therapeutic Modalities, and Business Practices and Ethics.

Students must also enroll in a summer internship program in June or July.

Upon completion of the three-semester program, students will be eligible to take the state board exam.

Download an application for the Massage Therapy program at //, or visit the Continuing Education department in the Cheney Student Center on the Galveston College campus.

For more information, call (409) 944-1344 or write to