Author: Trish Szymanski

Universal Access 2019

Galveston College Foundation lightens the load

Galveston College Foundation is privileged to continue working away at the tough barrier which is student debt through its Universal Access (UA) Community Endowment Scholarship program and the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Endowment Fund (UA Plus) in 2019. The changes will mean more dollars for UA-eligible students than ever before.

Galveston College UA scholar Priscila Becerril is in her fifth semester and studying to be a nurse. She will finish in 2021-2022. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree after graduation.

“I would love to continue,” she said. UA has been her primary source of funding her college education.

UA is a performance-driven scholarship program where eligible students receive up to $4,620. This pays for full tuition and fees for up to 60 credit hours at Galveston College. This is enough to complete an associate degree or certification program. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average. Beginning in the fall 2019 semester, the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Scholarship (also known as UA Plus) has added a $500 stipend to help students meet costs of books, digital access and other education information costs.

Jeri Kinnear became chair of the Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors this past August. Kinnear has seen first-hand the benefits the UA program creates.

“Galveston College, through the Universal Access and UA Plus scholarship programs, evens the playing field for those who graduate from high school in Galveston and want to go to college and cannot afford to do so. And, for those who can afford to go and want a head start, we will offer the same UA and UA Plus scholarships. What a great way to begin your next step in life,” Kinnear said.

The increased funding will be a big help to Becerril in completing her degree. A Ball High School graduate, she said a lot of her classmates are like her and not eligible for federal aid but can benefit from the additional assistance.

Over the last 18 years, the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Endowment has supported over 1,700 Galveston high school graduates. These students were not eligible for federal or state funding—oftentimes because their income exceeded eligibility limits. However, they still needed financial assistance to attend college and graduate.

The Galveston College Foundation is an independent 501(c)3, founded to support Galveston College through fundraising locally, regionally and nationally. Its mission is to support Galveston high school graduates through an earned scholarship program as they strive to obtain their first two years of a baccalaureate degree or the foundation of a career through an associate degree or certificate debt free regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Eligibility criteria for the UA scholarship program at Galveston College are available on the college’s website or by contacting the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation. 

Galveston College costs 7 percent less than its peers (in district) and 11 percent less (out of district). Students can save $14,000 by taking their first two years at Galveston College when compared to attending the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston’s School of Nursing and studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in December 2018 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees. The college launched a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management program in fall 2019 with a full cohort of students, and plans to expand its applied baccalaureate offerings in the future.

In May, the Galveston College Foundation’s full board voted to extend UA Plus funds beyond the associate degree to its scholars that choose to continue at Galveston College for a baccalaureate program.

In sharp contrast to a low of 35 percent graduation rate of students receiving federal Pell grants, a full 88 percent of students receiving support from the Universal Access endowment either graduate or obtain sufficient academic credits to transfer to a four-year institution of their choosing.

Submitted by the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation

honor Andre Deroeun

Galveston Kiwanis Club to honor Andre Deroeun at Whitecaps season opener

Galveston Kiwanis Club to honor Andre Deroeun at Whitecaps season opener

The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team will take on the Temple College Leopards in its season opener Friday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. at Bernard Davis Field, 83rd Street and Frank Giusti Drive, Galveston, Texas.

At 2:45 p.m. prior to the game, the Galveston Kiwanis Club will make a presentation in honor of Andre DeRouen, a member of the Whitecaps baseball team from League City, Texas, who drowned last year while rescuing his brother from a neighborhood pond.

Houston Astros announcer Bob Ford will emcee the event. Admission is free.

For more information on Galveston College Athletics and the complete Whitecaps baseball schedule, please visit the official website.

Galveston College Quickstart program students

Galveston College Quickstart program students attend orientation

More than 40 Galveston College Quickstart program students attended an orientation program today for the eight-week training programs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

 

High demand exists for electrical and HVAC helpers. These professions rank among the fastest growing trades. They provide stable, long-term employment with excellent opportunities for salary growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted 14% growth in the need for electricians and HVAC technicians between 2014 and 2024. Each industry is adding tens of thousands of jobs – much faster than the average for all industries.

 

 Wages for skilled workers average between $45,000 and $50,000 per year. The most experienced and hardest working people can make more than $70,000 per year. Of course, beginners make less; helpers in these trades average about $30,000 per year, but can advance quickly. Galveston College provides hands-on training for real-world opportunities such as these.

 

For more information, contact Mary Powers at mpowers@gc.edu.

 

Spring 2019 registration set at Galveston College

Spring 2019 registration set at Galveston College

General registration for the spring 2019 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 14-16, in Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

 

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

 

The spring course listing 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, emergency medical services, engineering, English, environmental science, government, health information, 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.

 

To view the complete schedule of classes, visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/.

 

New students can apply for admission at https://gc.edu/admissions/new-students/ or applytexas.org.

 

For more information, contact the Galveston College Admissions office at (409) 944-4242 or visit gc.edu.

Schedule a Tour Request Form

Galveston College provides tours of the campus for groups and individuals during the following hours
(based on staff availability):

Spring/Fall – Monday through Friday
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, or 2:00 PM

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You will be contacted by an Admissions representative to confirm your tour date/time. Until you have been contacted by an Admissions representative, your tour date/time is not reserved.

Please allow at least 2 business days notice for individual tours.

Large groups (10+ students) require at least two weeks notice.


HVAC/R students receive Malco Tools recognition

HVAC/R students receive Malco Tools recognition

Third semester Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration students Kenneth Caddell and Mahdi Pourhanifeh Doust, were honored recently by Malco Tools as part of the Head of the Class Student Recognition Program.

The Malco Tools Head of the Class program highlights students graduating in HVAC/R programs in technical education. In addition to a certificate, each winner also received a Malco tool kit and cap.

“Mahdi and Kenneth have both shown great promise and have worked hard in their HVAC classes. The tools they received from Malco will help them as they start their careers,” said Ronald Foster, HVAC/R program director.

Above – Galveston College HVAC/R students Mahdi Pourhanifeh Doust (left) and Kenneth Caddell (right) and display the certificates and tools they received as winners of the Malco Tools Head of the Class Student Recognition Program.

GC Students Visit ExxonMobil Chemical Company

GC Students Visit ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Galveston College Electrical/Electronics, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and Welding students visited the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Baytown, Texas, on June 5.

 

Students were welcomed with a light breakfast, while receiving an overview of the facility by Chemical Engineer Bradley Chandler.

 

Students learned the Baytown Plant is the second largest refinery in the United States and its main products include gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. After Chandler concluded his presentation, students were taken on a bus tour of the ExxonMobil facility guided by retired ExxonMobil employee, Ray Mullins. Mullins pointed out numerous working units in the refinery and chemical divisions.

 

Cutline:

EXXONMOBIL TOUR: Those touring the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Baytown included (front row from left) Hilda Chavez Morales, Career Navigator Sharon Pagan and Julissa Salinas; (second row from left) Mahdi Pourhanifeh Doust, Albert Blake, Jose Almanza, Jr., Welding Program Director James Love, Andre Crockett, James Morris, Jared Krahl, Moises Martinez and Joseph Mobley, Jr.; (third row from left) Chris Gonzales, Adan Machuca, Electrical/Electronics Program Director Tyree Bearden, Victhor Resendiz, Danny Vasquez, Phillip Green, Sr., Elio Torres Aguilar and  Kenneth Caddell; (fourth row from left) Aldo Flores, HVAC Program Director, Ronald Foster, Karlos Molina and Emmanuel Jackson.