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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.



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.

Galveston College announces spring 2018 honor students

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for spring 2018 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 246 students.

The three lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade-point averages while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of study.

The President’s List includes students who have a 3.9 semester grade-point average or better. The Vice President’s List includes students who have a grade-point average of 3.6 but less than 3.9. The Dean’s List includes students who have a grade point average of 3.2 but less than 3.6.

Students are listed by designation, state and hometown.

2018 Spring Honor Students

Christy ChaneyAbileneTexasPresident's
Kyle MacDonaldBaytownTexasPresident's
Myrian BarbinBedfordTexasPresident's
Stephanie HeddinCantonTexasPresident's
Karina GuevaraCrystal BeachTexasPresident's
Aaron AllenDallasTexasPresident's
Tammy RichardsonDallasTexasPresident's
Hilda Chavez-MoralesDickinsonTexasPresident's
Kirsten ShawFlower MoundTexasPresident's
Pierre-Olivier AvoineGalvestonTexasPresident's
Haelen BetancourtGalvestonTexasPresident's
Cole ChandlerGalvestonTexasPresident's
Thomas CharpentierGalvestonTexasPresident's
Valeriia ChukhnenkoGalvestonTexasPresident's
Justin ClaryGalvestonTexasPresident's
Veronica DelagarzaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Roxanna DonowhoGalvestonTexasPresident's
Charleston FaglieGalvestonTexasPresident's
Michele Fahringer-BaerGalvestonTexasPresident's
Iryna FalykGalvestonTexasPresident's
Charles GonzalesGalvestonTexasPresident's
Christian HancockGalvestonTexasPresident's
Barrington HannaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Tyler HannaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Linda JacksonGalvestonTexasPresident's
Brigitte JerezGalvestonTexasPresident's
Aaron JonesGalvestonTexasPresident's
Virginia JonesGalvestonTexasPresident's
Iryna LagroneGalvestonTexasPresident's
Jacob MasonGalvestonTexasPresident's
Mandy Mc DanielGalvestonTexasPresident's
Anna MihovaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Bailynn MooreGalvestonTexasPresident's
Melina MooreGalvestonTexasPresident's
James MorrisGalvestonTexasPresident's
Rachel MoulderGalvestonTexasPresident's
Michael NichollsGalvestonTexasPresident's
Oleksandra PetrenkoGalvestonTexasPresident's
Mario ReyesGalvestonTexasPresident's
Julissa SalinasGalvestonTexasPresident's
Michelle SmithGalvestonTexasPresident's
Camryn SpringerGalvestonTexasPresident's
Christa StaubGalvestonTexasPresident's
Brianna SwankGalvestonTexasPresident's
Zareen TabibzadeganGalvestonTexasPresident's
Elio Torres-AguilarGalvestonTexasPresident's
Samuel UhlmanGalvestonTexasPresident's
Victoria ValastroGalvestonTexasPresident's
Eric VelaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Mikayla WatsonGalvestonTexasPresident's
Kyle WheelerGalvestonTexasPresident's
Kara WoffordGalvestonTexasPresident's
Angela ZsemberyGalvestonTexasPresident's
Ryan ZunigaGalvestonTexasPresident's
Elicia DunnHitchcockTexasPresident's
Erika AppelHoustonTexasPresident's
Christopher CapaladHoustonTexasPresident's
Jessica ElorzaHoustonTexasPresident's
Maddilin EmmonsHoustonTexasPresident's
Corina MoralesHoustonTexasPresident's
Jose RodriguezHoustonTexasPresident's
Gregory GuyKatyTexasPresident's
Raegan HolmesKemahTexasPresident's
Kamryn BrownKountzeTexasPresident's
Howard WilsonLancasterTexasPresident's
Kelli FairchildLeague CityTexasPresident's
Shelby HorneLewisvilleTexasPresident's
Maureen GawaranMcKinneyTexasPresident's
Uriel ArroyoMoodyTexasPresident's
Ryan NguyenMurphyTexasPresident's
Arshvir SinghNevadaTexasPresident's
James MasonPalestineTexasPresident's
Brent GrablePlanoTexasPresident's
Courtney BrashersPort NechesTexasPresident's
Ty Boedeker ShinerShinerTexasPresident's
Rachel StoddartSugar LandTexasPresident's
Michelle De SalvoTexas CityTexasPresident's
Julissa MartinezTexas CityTexasPresident's
Joseph NolascoTexas CityTexasPresident's
Jovanna RomeroTexas CityTexasPresident's
Tylicia Munn WilliamsTylerTexasPresident's
Tyler WarrenTylerTexasPresident's
Dora Ben-AbrahamAustinTexasVice President's
Vanessa Cruz PalaciosBacliffTexasVice President's
Paula SilvaBacliffTexasVice President's
Kathaline JacksBullardTexasVice President's
Carol CurielCypressTexasVice President's
Jonathan KruegerCypressTexasVice President's
Christopher StevensDickinsonTexasVice President's
Reka Cormier-Gans FresnoFresnoTexasVice President's
Jacqueline BallGalvestonTexasVice President's
Sabrina CapulongGalvestonTexasVice President's
William DayGalvestonTexasVice President's
Christine DiazGalvestonTexasVice President's
Elizabeth DonlonGalvestonTexasVice President's
Anissa DundeeGalvestonTexasVice President's
Olha FewGalvestonTexasVice President's
John-Austin GaertnerGalvestonTexasVice President's
Ricardo GalvanGalvestonTexasVice President's
Alexis GarciaGalvestonTexasVice President's
Brandyon GonzalezGalvestonTexasVice President's
Chandler HallGalvestonTexasVice President's
Diana HendricksGalvestonTexasVice President's
Ginger JacksonGalvestonTexasVice President's
Asia LeeGalvestonTexasVice President's
Denora LopezGalvestonTexasVice President's
Jamie MeadGalvestonTexasVice President's
Royleshia MilesGalvestonTexasVice President's
Karla MolinaGalvestonTexasVice President's
Dane NguyenGalvestonTexasVice President's
Joshua PantGalvestonTexasVice President's
Sylvia Perales-LeeGalvestonTexasVice President's
Patricia PholGalvestonTexasVice President's
Yessica Ramos BarriosGalvestonTexasVice President's
Christen ReddingGalvestonTexasVice President's
Brittany SalinasGalvestonTexasVice President's
Mariana SalinasGalvestonTexasVice President's
Roberto SandovalGalvestonTexasVice President's
John SchmidtGalvestonTexasVice President's
Lisa TranGalvestonTexasVice President's
Enrique VillarrealGalvestonTexasVice President's
Rose WanjalaGalvestonTexasVice President's
Brandon WoodsGalvestonTexasVice President's
Royce BrownGranburyTexasVice President's
Annabelle BellowHoustonTexasVice President's
Leslie TenorioKatyTexasVice President's
Kayla KasterLa MarqueTexasVice President's
Cherrl McNeese-AmeyLa MarqueTexasVice President's
Christina TrevinoLa MarqueTexasVice President's
Michelle WillisLake JacksonTexasVice President's
Amanda PyleLufkinTexasVice President's
Brett JacksonManvelTexasVice President's
Kristin JenkinsNederlandTexasVice President's
Ryan RagsdaleOrangeTexasVice President's
Vanessa ChildressPasadenaTexasVice President's
Jordan GilsonProsperTexasVice President's
MacKenzie HartnettRichmondTexasVice President's
Victhor ResendizSanta FeTexasVice President's
Kylie HuntSpringTexasVice President's
Blake CaldwellSulphur SpringsTexasVice President's
Gabriela BailonTexas CityTexasVice President's
Beatriz De LoeraTexas CityTexasVice President's
Joseph MobleyTexas CityTexasVice President's
Samuel OrtegaTexas CityTexasVice President's
Venessa RochaTexas CityTexasVice President's
Stefanie HollisWebsterTexasVice President's
Brittany KostenKingmanArizonaVice President's
Rien MillikenVictoriaBritish Columbia,
Vice President's
Janell ClarkAllenTexasDean's
Hannah DaigleBeaumontTexasDean's
Alyssa DoucetBeaumontTexasDean's
Jennifer NeisigBrenhamTexasDean's
Tommy HoustonDesotoTexasDean's
Kameri MottDibollTexasDean's
George HallDickinsonTexasDean's
Kaylynn BowdenFort WorthTexasDean's
Jeremy PrognerFriendswoodTexasDean's
Bradley ElyFriscoTexasDean's
Joshua ArchibaldGalvestonTexasDean's
Collin BootenGalvestonTexasDean's
Leticia CasillasGalvestonTexasDean's
Emily ChavezGalvestonTexasDean's
Chelsea ChevezGalvestonTexasDean's
Shannon CunninghamGalvestonTexasDean's
Bailey DanielGalvestonTexasDean's
Kayla DeleonGalvestonTexasDean's
Sarah DennyGalvestonTexasDean's
Aubrey FlahertyGalvestonTexasDean's
Christopher FordGalvestonTexasDean's
Vivian GalvanGalvestonTexasDean's
Enrique GarciaGalvestonTexasDean's
Mariah GarciaGalvestonTexasDean's
Osvaldo GarciaGalvestonTexasDean's
Brijha Gibson NunesGalvestonTexasDean's
Kinara Cali Gibson NunesGalvestonTexasDean's
Brian GilmoreGalvestonTexasDean's
Alan GomezGalvestonTexasDean's
Helen HaGalvestonTexasDean's
Charnae HanksGalvestonTexasDean's
Allison HarveyGalvestonTexasDean's
Adan HernandezGalvestonTexasDean's
Bailee HoelzerGalvestonTexasDean's
Loren HoffmanGalvestonTexasDean's
Kaleb HowardGalvestonTexasDean's
Katie JacksonGalvestonTexasDean's
Davis JenksGalvestonTexasDean's
Taylor JohnsonGalvestonTexasDean's
Dustin JonesGalvestonTexasDean's
Mary JonesGalvestonTexasDean's
Jukwang KangGalvestonTexasDean's
Matthew KirstGalvestonTexasDean's
Sergey KuznetsovGalvestonTexasDean's
Robert LehmanGalvestonTexasDean's
Marco Lima-HernandezGalvestonTexasDean's
Betsaida LopezGalvestonTexasDean's
Adan MachucaGalvestonTexasDean's
Maribel Marin MiguelGalvestonTexasDean's
Mariela MartinezGalvestonTexasDean's
Ramon Martinez-RodriguezGalvestonTexasDean's
Zeb McDowellGalvestonTexasDean's
Kevin MurphyGalvestonTexasDean's
Brandi PainterGalvestonTexasDean's
Adam PameronGalvestonTexasDean's
Laura RamirezGalvestonTexasDean's
April RobbinsGalvestonTexasDean's
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Alejandro SalazarGalvestonTexasDean's
Sabrina SanchezGalvestonTexasDean's
Jmi ShannonGalvestonTexasDean's
Kelley ShepherdGalvestonTexasDean's
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Ellen SniderGalvestonTexasDean's
Dayana SosaGalvestonTexasDean's
Taylor SpencerGalvestonTexasDean's
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Aric TorresGalvestonTexasDean's
Chantica ValverdeGalvestonTexasDean's
Zohe WenglarGalvestonTexasDean's
James WheelerGalvestonTexasDean's
Litao XiaoGalvestonTexasDean's
Larissa ZunigaGalvestonTexasDean's
Marshall BartaHoustonTexasDean's
Jordan LohseHoustonTexasDean's
Adriana RinconHoustonTexasDean's
Sydney StoneKatyTexasDean's
Larre PughKemahTexasDean's
Aaron HendersonLa MarqueTexasDean's
Tazia RamosLa MarqueTexasDean's
Stephany SagastumeLa MarqueTexasDean's
Clay CasteelLa MarqueTexasDean's
William SolowskiMcKinneyTexasDean's
Gabriel VegaMcKinneyTexasDean's
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Josdy RuizPort ArthurTexasDean's
Corey PresleySeabrookTexasDean's
Kelly RashadaShermanTexasDean's
Nicole ChavezTexas CityTexasDean's
Shannon HopsonTexas CityTexasDean's
Carlos MartinezTexas CityTexasDean's
Rene PenaTexas CityTexasDean's
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Asha HowardVidorTexasDean's
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Galveston College Nursing department unveils new technology

Galveston College Nursing department unveils new technology

In the ongoing effort to provide high-quality healthcare education, the Department of Nursing at Galveston College has acquired two bedside simulation smart carts and a medication dispensing system to expand training capabilities for students.


Funded by a $194,083 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP), the new equipment will enable Galveston College to better educate students for their future careers in nursing.


In addition to the new equipment, a portion of the NIGP funds will provide professional development to Department of Nursing faculty in order to enhance simulation and skills lab capacity.


The Galveston College Department of Nursing’s simulation lab is designed to replicate the clinical setting for student learning with a simulated hospital room and mannequins as patients.


“The smart cart, which is similar to devices used in hospitals, will be used to educate students on electronic medical records,” said Joan Moss, coordinator of Galveston College’s lab.


With the carts and an accompanying medication dispensing system, students can document and identify patients and their medications. Students can also view patient information, including lab work and hospitalization history.


“Each student has their own logon and everything is at their fingertips,” Moss said. “We want to be on the cutting edge. Having the resources and equipment to better prepare them for what they will see in the real world definitely attracts students to the program.”


Moss said simulation is an exciting way for students to learn.


“The simulation lab provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice in a realistic environment,” Moss said. “Each scenario is chosen or developed by the faculty to enhance the learning in the classroom. It’s very complementary to the education the students receive in the clinical settings with our healthcare partners.”


For more information on the Nursing program at Galveston College, visit or call (409) 944-1396.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Galveston College

Galveston College offers new Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree

Beginning this fall, Galveston College will offer a new program for students interested in careers in diagnostic medical sonography.

Recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to provide a quality and comprehensive education through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level positions and to become multi-credentialed sonographers.

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

In the Associate of Applied Science two-year program, students attend classroom sessions and get practical experience in the ultrasound-scanning lab and through clinical rotations in area hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Clinical rotations are work-based learning experiences, where students practice what they have learned in a real-life setting under the supervision of a professional.

The outlook for employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer is very good, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. It predicts that employment will grow 47 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Diagnostic medical sonographers on the Texas Gulf Coast earn a median salary of $84,942 per year.

For more information about this program, contact Hubert Callahan, Allied Health Division director, at or the Galveston College Admissions office at (409) 944-1230.


Galveston Community College District Board of Regents revises polling locations for run-off election

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Tuesday, May 29, approved revisions to the polling locations for the June 16 run-off election to fill the unexpired term for board position 7.

The revisions were made because of the cancellation of the runoff election for Galveston County Drainage District No. 2.

Run-off candidates for position 7 on the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents include Marie Robb and Rebecca Trout Unbehagen.

Early voting will take place June 4-8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 11-12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

Galveston County Justice Center (Second Floor Conference Room), 600 59th Street, Galveston, Texas
Galveston County Courthouse (Second Floor Mezzanine), 722 Moody, Galveston, Texas
Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas

The following locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 16:

  • Joe Faggard Community Center, 1750 Highway 87, Crystal Beach, Texas
  • Galveston County Courthouse (Second Floor Mezzanine), 722 Moody, Galveston, Texas
  • A. Morgan Elementary School, 1410 37th Street, Galveston, Texas
  • Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas
  • Seaside Baptist Church, 16534 Termini San Luis Pass Road, Jamaica Beach, Texas

Qualified voters may vote at any of these locations during early voting and on Election Day.

Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on June 5 and may be sent to Ballots by Mail, c/o Dwight D. Sullivan, Galveston County Clerk, P.O. Box 17253, Galveston, TX  77552-7253 or emailed to

Moody Hall at Galveston College

Galveston State of the City Address is June 12 at Galveston College

Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough and City Manager Brian Maxwell will present a “State of the City” event Tuesday, June 12.

The public is invited to the event, which will be hosted by the Galveston Roundtable of Foundations in the Seibel Wing of the Cheney Student Center at Galveston College.

Yarbrough said he appreciates the opportunity to present updates on city services, projects underway and plans for the future.

“Brian Maxwell and I are grateful to the Roundtable of Foundations for hosting this event,” he said. “We think Galvestonians will be impressed by all that’s being done to keep our Island moving forward, and we look forward to sharing it with them.”

The Roundtable of Foundations is a network of staff and board members representing numerous Galveston charitable foundations. The group has met quarterly over the past decade to discuss the Island’s needs, opportunities for philanthropic support and issues on the horizon.

State of the City attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of the mayor and city manager during the program, or write them down and submit by mail or email.

In addition to questions for the mayor and city manager, the mayor has asked Galvestonians to respond to a question of his own: “What would your priorities be if you were mayor?”

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Free parking will be available in the Galveston College parking lot at 39th Street and Avenue Q.

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 2

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 2

The Galveston College Whitecaps suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Central Alabama Community College Trojans in second-round play Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Softball Championship in St. George, Utah.

Central Alabama’s Amber Parker struck out five and allowed just one unearned run on three hits en route to leading the 15th-seeded Trojans to an 8-1 victory over No. 10 Galveston.

CACC’s offense also shined in the ballgame by driving home two in the first, three in the second and three more in the fifth to put the ballgame away.

Ashton Fielding paced the Trojans at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Sierra Easterwood went 1-for-4 with a second-inning three-run home run.

Amber Parker earned the win for Central Alabama . She surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out five.

Anahi Hoover led Galveston by going 2-for-3 with the Whitecaps’ lone RBI of the afternoon.

Galveston pitcher Ashley Kriesel had a solid game with a total of 10 strikeouts over five and a half innings.

Central Alabama  saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game.  Fielding led the Trojans with three hits in four at bats.

The Whitecaps closed out the 2017-18 season with a 35-11 record. This is the first Whitecaps team to earn a spot among the top 16 teams in the nation since 2002.

Congratulations to Whitecaps sophomores and graduates who are moving on to four-year universities and to the entire team in a great season, which included being named NJCAA Region XIV champions.

Go Whitecaps!

Game Recap

Central Alabama 8, Galveston 1 (May 17, 2018 at St. George, UT)


Central Alabama….. 230 030 0 –  8  6  2      (42-20)

Galveston …….. 000 100 0 –  1  3  2      (35-11)


Pitchers: Central Alabama – Parker, Amber and Ray, Courtney; Perrin, Ashlyn. Galveston –

Kerr, Kayla; Kriesel, Ashley(2) and Allen, Caylei.

Win-Parker, Amber  Loss-Kerr, Kayla  T-2:01  A-175

HR CENTRALA – Easterwood, Sierra.