Author: Trish Szymanski

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.

 

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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 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 https://gc.edu/programs-and-courses/workforce-programs/nursing/ or call (409) 944-1396.

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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 hcallaha@gc.edu or the Galveston College Admissions office at (409) 944-1230.

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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 absenteeballotapplications@co.galveston.tx.us.

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)

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

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

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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.

Career Connect EMT - Ball High and Galveston College

Moody Foundation awards funds for Galveston Career Connect and other educational programs

The Moody Foundation approved a $12,955,472 commitment in Generation Moody grants May 14 to seven grant recipients, the second and largest round of grants to date. Generation Moody launched earlier this year with the vision of creating “cradle-to-career” support by providing exceptional resources and opportunities to guide Galveston Island students through their entire educational journey. Together, the two rounds of grants total more than $21 million.

“Galveston will always be special to the Moody family, and Generation Moody is a long-term investment in the Galveston community,” said Ross R. Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and CEO of National Western Life Group. “Generation Moody helps give students the chance to further their learning and growing beyond the classroom toward academic, and ultimately career, success.”

The first Generation Moody grants primarily focused on evolving Galveston ISD’s 5-year summer and after-school programs and scaling up professional development programs. Professional development offered through Generation Moody grants is available not only to grant recipient schools, but also to employees of peer schools, representing a new level of collaboration.

The grants announced May 14 continue to focus on those areas while also funding professional development for social emotional learning and specific dual-credit expenses for secondary and Galveston College students, for courses included in Galveston Career Connect.

“The Moody Foundation is dedicated to Galveston’s future, and that future begins with children and their education,” said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation. “Through Generation Moody, Galveston is uniting around students to create a stronger community with more opportunity for every child.”

Generation Moody grants support nonprofit organizations that are focused on student achievement in areas such as literacy, science, technology and math. Today’s grant recipients include:

  • Ambassadors Preparatory Academy
  • Galveston Children’s Museum
  • Holy Family Catholic School
  • Nia Cultural Center, Inc.
  • Upward Hope Academy
  • Causeway Galveston
  • Galveston Career Connect

“Generation Moody connects longstanding Moody Foundation projects like the Moody Scholars program and more recent Moody Early Childhood Education Center to fully support a child’s educational development,” said Angela Blair, director of education for the Moody Foundation. “Along with the recent Galveston ISD bond passing to fund repairs on aging GISD schools, we’re excited to see the island education community coming together to support Galveston youth from ‘cradle to career.'”

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. Learn more at MoodyF.org.

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.

Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.

Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.

Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.

The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST.   The game will  stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.

Game Recap
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)

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Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 –  1  4  0      (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X –  5  5  2      (53-10)
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Pitchers:
Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.

T-2:05  A-0

HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.

Weather: 79 degrees

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

It’s been a busy few days for the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team in preparation for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship, which begins today in St. George, Utah.

The Whitecaps won last week’s Region XIV tournament to advance to nationals, along with first runner-up Tyler Junior College. This is Galveston’s first appearance in the championship tournament since 2002.

The Whitecaps are among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation, an impressive group that includes last year’s champion, Chipola College of Florida, and two-time back-to-back champion, Butler Community College of Kansas.

After a travel day on Sunday and a busy day of practice on Monday, Whitecaps players volunteered at a skills clinic for youth softball players on Monday evening, where the kids rotated through pitching, hitting, fielding and other workshops. Coach Ken Delcambre and Coach Christa Harnett have instilled a great service ethic in the Whitecaps program, and the players were great mentors to the youth ball players.

On Tuesday, there was a team photo session and practice. The Whitecaps look great and are getting used to the lush green fields of the Canyons Softball Complex, which has been awarded the coveted quotation of “Complex of the Year” by the National Softball Association for the last eight years.

On Tuesday afternoon, the team went to Snow Canyons State Park for some more exercise. They spent some time climbing and hiking the impressive Navajo sandstone formations, which are featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Coach Delcambre is healing nicely from last week’s injury during the NJCAA Region XIV final game, and he’s been amazing on and off the field. (In fact, he just about climbed one of those Utah mountains!) Coach Harnett is an organizational genius, making sure the team is where they need to be, when they need to be there! Great coaches and great student-athletes equal a great team!

On Tuesday night, the team attended an awards banquet, where they met their host family, a sweet couple from St. George. During the Whitecaps introduction by the announcer, the ladies cheered GC Hey!, which was met with a lot of laughter by the audience! Great team spirit!

Guest speaker at the banquet was Team USA softball player Michell Moultrie, who encouraged the student-athletes to pursue their passion and to never give up.

Following the banquet, each team member exchanged a Galveston College T-shirt for a T-shirt from a student-athlete from another team. There was a lot of networking and laughter. Great team spirit!

The Whitecaps’ first-round game is tonight against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4). It’s set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Please check out Galveston College social media for photos and videos.
Watch select tournament games via NJCAATV  |   Tournament website   |    Bracket details

Go Whitecaps!

 

Whitecaps softball set for NJCAA tournament

Whitecaps softball set for NJCAA tournament

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team is among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship this week in St. George, Utah. With a 35-9 overall record, the Whitecaps qualified after advancing to the championship game of the NJCAA Region XIV tournament and being declared winner of the regionals.

The Whitecaps’ first-round opponent on Wednesday will be the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4) at 8:30 p.m.

Watch via NJCAATV    |    Tournament website   |     Bracket details