Author: Donald Becker

Galveston College Concludes 50th Anniversary Celebrations with Acknowledgements to the Past and Future

Board of Regents, President Shelton, and Vice Presidents Cissy Mathews, Ron Crumedy, and Gaynelle Hayes pose in front of the historical marker, which now stands in front of Moody Hall

On Friday, Galveston College concluded its 50th Anniversary celebration with a nod to both the past and the future.  A historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission is now dedicated to Moody Hall, which was once the St. Mary’s Orphanage before becoming the hub of activity for registration and financial aid it is today.  President Myles Shelton recognized the relevance of the past by stating, “It’s important that we recognize those who had the vision of what Galveston College is today.”




Dedication of the Time Capsule, buried in the courtyard in front of Regents Hall

Officials put the final stamp on the 50th Anniversary celebration by burying a time capsule at Regents Hall courtyard, to be opened at Galveston College’s 100th year anniversary in 2067.  College spokesman Joe Huff placed several items in the capsule, including photos, a Whitecaps baseball jersey, pennants, and community reports.

Time Capsule Stone

Time Capsule Dedication Set for August 18th

Pictured is the time capsule monument to be placed atop the time capsule burial site for the conclusion of Galveston College’s 50th anniversary taking place with all faculty and staff at the number one community college in Texas on August 18, 2017.

Galveston College’s new Student Government Officers for 2017-2018 are pictured holding the 50th Anniversary time capsule that will be buried on the College Main Campus during General Assembly on August 18, 2017 and dug up during the 100th anniversary in 2067. Pictured from left to right are Student Government Officers Crystal Cruz, Vice-President; Jasmine Pizano, Secretary; Kayla DeLeon, Treasurer and Maurissa Pena, Historian.


Applied Technology Center Sign

Applied Technology Center Open House

Galveston College faculty, staff and advisors are planning an Open House at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Center is located at 7626 Broadway Boulevard in Galveston, Texas.

Faculty from programs of Welding, Electrical and Electronics Technology, Medical Administration, Medical Coding, Cosmetology, Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning-Refrigeration, Culinary Arts, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, and Pipefitting will be on hand to give tours and help with applications, registration and financial aid. Fall credit classes start on August 28, 2017. Some workforce programs are available as Continuing Education programs.

The Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center was opened in September of 2013 as a commitment by Galveston College to provide multiple workforce and technology programs for residents to be trained to enter lucrative careers in the Galveston County area. The programs have produced graduates who have joined the workforce or become their own service industry business owners and providers.

Come visit the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center Open House on Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 409-944-1404 for more information.

Upward Bound Funding Renewed at Galveston College

Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound has been refunded by the Department of Education to serve 60 students from Ball High School over the next year in the amount of $257,500. It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of 5 years funded each year in an amount similar to the 2017-2018 year. Two thirds of the participants will be low-income and First Generation College students. The goal of the project is to increase participation and completion in postsecondary programs of study by the project participants. Expected outcomes are improved cumulative GPA’s, improved test scores, great retention in High School, higher High School completion rates of a rigorous program of study, and increased rates of postsecondary enrollment and completion. The program provides essential services such as personalized tutoring, financial literacy services, assistance with financial aid applications, counseling, intrusive advising, college visits, cultural and leadership enrichment, an academic year component, a summer component, and a summer bridge component for recent high school graduates transitioning into their first year of college. Collaboration among other student services provided by the college, Ball High School, GISD, community, and other colleges will be optimized in order to provide a full range of support to the Upward Bound participants.

The TRIO Upward Bound program at Galveston College has been serving students at Ball High since the Fall of 2003. According to Priselda Perez, Director of the TRIO Upward Bound program, “participants have been retained in high school from one year to the next and or graduated at 100% over the last several years. Also 100% of the seniors have met the state standard in reading/language arts and math, 93% entered college the fall after high school graduation in 2016 and it is projected that 100% of recent graduates will enroll in Fall 2017.  We are excited that our participants are graduating with Associate Degree’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at a higher rate than the local and state averages.”

Upward Bound staff and students pictured from left to right are: Andrea Wiste, TRIO Upward Bound Academic Coordinator, Edgardo Garcia, Brandye Gonzalez, Brandyon Gonzalez, Adrieanne Cohen, Victoria Weade, Alicea Rice, Veronica Gomez, Kasandra Rubio, Makia Golliday, and Priselda Perez, TRIO Upward Bound Director.

Edgardo, Brandye, Brandyon, Veronica, and Kasandra will be attending Galveston College in Fall 2017. Adrieanne will be attending Lamar University. Victoria will be attending UT Dallas. Alicea will be attending UTSA, and Makia will be attending Texas State. Each of the students graduated from Ball High School on June 1, 2017 and were participants in the program since the summer prior to their 9th grade year in high school.

Galveston College UnGala II Cabaret

UnGala II-No Regrets! Cabaret Au Lapin Agile Artistique-Paris (aka “The Agile Rabbit”) will be held Saturday October 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing. The UnGala is a “no rules, no regrets “ party for no more than 200 guests to support the College’s Nursing and Health Sciences Building capital project. Unmatched cuisine and entertainment are the hallmarks of GC UnGalas! The Music Box Theater-Houston, a professional commercial musical comedy company will return once again to wow the crowd with great vocals and clever comedy.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center’s “Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks” AAA Four Diamond of Excellence restaurant under Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez will work with the GC Culinary Arts Department for another incomparable event benefiting the College. Come to the Cabaret for an uncommonly good time October 14. Presale tickets and sponsorship levels available through the Office of Development and Galveston College Foundation by contacting Ms. Milton (409-944-1306) or Mrs. Tripovich (409-944-1303).

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