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Galveston College to offer Hospitality certificate program at Ball High School

Galveston College will partner with the Galveston Independent School District to offer a new Hospitality certificate program designed to prepare graduates for in-demand positions in the hospitality industry.

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the Level 1 Hospitality certificate program, which will begin in fall 2022. Classes will be scheduled as face-to-face courses for dual-credit students at Ball High School and will include two internship opportunities at local hospitality employers.

In addition to the internships, courses included in the program are Introduction to Hospitality, Sanitation and Safety, Front Office Management, Hospitality Human Resources Management, and Hospitality Management and Leadership.

In other business on Wednesday, the board heard a report from Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, Shelly Downes, instructor of English, and Hong Mai, instructor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, on the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) consortium and the grant that Galveston College has received to implement projects focused on 1) improving inclusive pedagogy in the classroom and 2) improving intentional and meaningful interaction with students.

Downes said faculty are currently involved in professional development activities through the GPS projects that are designed to create a sense of belonging in the classroom for students. Mai said the projects are scheduled to be completed by June 2022.

In other action, board members

–approved a proposal to update the college’s data center core networking equipment at a cost of $294,434 with funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) grant.
–approved the purchase of equipment and professional services for virtualizing the college’s enterprise resource planning system, Colleague, at a cost of $167,310.
–approved a three-year agreement with Instructure for Canvas online learning management system support and maintenance at a cost of $160,977.96.
–approved an audio/visual refresh for distance learning on the main campus and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center at a cost of $65,177 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved the purchase of additional laptop computers to loan to students at a cost of $62,700 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved an update of the Cisco Identity Services Engine at a cost of $23,652 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved a change order to an existing contract with Ferrilli, the college’s technology services consultant, for Colleague customization at a cost of $7,000 with funding from the Title V grant.
–approved a proposal for an outdoor wireless network at a cost of $6,899 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved several Policies Committee recommendations regarding the core curriculum, academic achievement, degrees and general graduation, admissions requirements and transfer of credit.
–approved an amendment to the interlocal governmental agreement for the school liaison officer program with Galveston County to include a new compensation schedule for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers on the Galveston College campus from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022.
–approved a proposal from American Mechanical Services for HVAC control system upgrades for the Mary Moody Northen Center at a cost of $88,092.32.
–approved a proposal for new landscaping at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center at a cost of $63,371.50.
–approved a Facilities Committee recommendation regarding asbestos abatement and structural demolition of a building at 4022 Avenue Q, which will enable the college to expand on-campus parking, at a cost of $14,555.
–heard a report on campus and legislative activities from President Dr. Myles Shelton.
–heard an update from Faculty Senate President Dr. Janene Davison.
–heard a Student Government Association update from Dora E. Martinez-Ruiz.
–heard an update on the college’s identity theft program by Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management.
–reviewed the unaudited year-end financial statements for fiscal year 2020-2021 and monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

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Galveston College board approves vaccination opportunity and incentive program

On Wednesday, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents approved a vaccination opportunity and incentive program for current students, faculty and staff at Galveston College. The program is being funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

“We know that vaccination is the best way each of us can protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community against the effects of COVID-19 and its Delta variant,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president. “We hope this incentive program will encourage students, faculty and staff who haven’t been vaccinated to avail themselves of the opportunity.”

The student/work-study student vaccination incentive program is open to full- and part-time credit and continuing education students who are enrolled at Galveston College for the fall 2021 semester. Students must receive the full COVID-19 vaccination series by Monday, Nov. 1, to participate.

Participating students will receive one $200 gift certificate to the Galveston College Bookstore. The gift certificate can be used to purchase items in the bookstore up to but not to exceed $200. Students will need to pay any amounts over $200.

To participate, students must present a copy of their Galveston College student ID, a copy of their class schedule and a copy of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued COVID-19 vaccination card demonstrating they have completed the vaccination regimen to the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus.

Once all of the information is received, students will be given a one-time-use gift certificate to present to the Galveston College Bookstore. Students who are unable to spend the entire $200 will forfeit any remaining balance. All unused gift certificates expire at the close of business on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

To further encourage vaccinations among faculty and staff, Galveston College will provide current full- and part-time employees as of Aug. 30 a one-time incentive of $300, which will be included on the November payroll.

Faculty and staff members must have received their full COVID-19 vaccination series by Oct. 31 and submit their certification application to Human Resources on or before noon Monday, Nov. 1.

Work-study students are not eligible for the faculty and staff program but rather should apply using the student/work-study student vaccination incentive program.

Information concerning the vaccination opportunity and incentive program is available here: https://gc.edu/vaccination-opportunity-and-incentive-program/.

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Galveston College Board of Regents adopts proposed budget, tax rate

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Aug. 18 adopted the college’s 2021-2022 budget and district’s 2021 tax rate.

The balanced $25,338,529 budget reflects an increase of $1,971,784 or 8.4 percent compared to the 2020-2021 budget of $23,366,745.

“The college budgeted conservatively in 2020-2021 due to anticipated decrease in student enrollment because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “Fortunately, we did not experience a significant loss in student enrollment; therefore, we are adjusting this year’s budget to reflect the current status of the college.”

Regents adopted a 2021 tax rate of $0.146188 per $100 taxable value, which is 8.17 percent less than the 2020 tax rate of $0.159188 per $100 taxable value.

The no-new-revenue tax rate has been calculated to be $0.135013 per $100 taxable value. The no-new-revenue tax rate is the tax rate for the 2021 tax year that will raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the college district for the same properties in both the 2020 tax year and the 2021 tax year.

GALVESTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.

THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 7.69 PERCENT ABOVE THE NO-NEW-REVENUE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS RATE AND WILL DECREASE TAXES ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $13.

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Galveston College Board of Regents accepts American Rescue Plan grant award increase

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on June 9 accepted an American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) grant award increase of $2,118,460 to enable the college to continue to respond to the coronavirus.

On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law. The ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the HEERF and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for the HEERF in response to COVID-19.

Galveston College has been awarded $4,367,587 through the U.S. Department of
Education for the ARP HEERF III grant. Of the total amount awarded, a minimum of $2,249,127 is to be allocated for student aid and a maximum of $2,118,460 for the institution. The budget period is May 5, 2020, through May 18, 2022.

Through HEERF, emergency student aid grants have been awarded to students whose lives were disrupted because of COVID-19 and who faced financial challenges due to job loss and unemployment, healthcare, childcare and other unexpected expenses.

In other board action, the regents approved a proposal to use $222,578.12 in HEERF II grant funds to purchase equipment and installation services from DataVox for wireless access points across many areas at the main campus and the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center. Based on the results of a wireless survey, this refresh will help provide broader wireless coverage and improve performance for students, faculty and staff.

Additionally, the board approved a proposal to use $290,588.83 in HEERF II grant funds to purchase equipment and installation services from Presidio to replace network switches in Moody Hall, Regents Hall and the Mary Moody Northen Center on the main campus. The project will help upgrade and replace existing gear in these areas with Cisco 9300 series switches and includes the Cisco DNA Center appliance, which will help to improve
visibility and management capabilities.

Regents also approved the purchase of 82 Dell All-in-One OptiPlex 7490 AIO
series desktops from Dell EMC at a cost of $109,880 to refresh computer labs in the Student Success Center (Northen Center 119) and Regents Hall Room 357 on the main campus and Room 300 at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

In other action, board members:

-adopted a resolution granting residence homestead tax exemptions for the 2021 tax year.
-approved a change in rank for Clint Jones from instructor to assistant professor of Developmental Mathematics.
-accepted the retirement of Elizabeth Tapp, associate professor of Psychology and program coordinator for Psychology and Sociology.
-appointed Regent Rebecca Trout Unbehagen as an alternate voting delegate to the Community College Association of Texas Trustees Annual Conference on Sept. 16-18.
-approved investment firms Gilford Securities, Inc., Landenburg Thalmann & Company. LOGIC (Local Government Investment Cooperative), Lone Star Investment Pool, TexPool, TexTERM and Vanguard (mutual funds) as required by the Public Funds Investment Act.
-reaffirmed Board Policy CAK Local, which contains the college’s investment strategy, and resolution as required by the Public Funds Investment Act.
-approved a one-year contract extension for landscaping maintenance services with Beach Town Lawn Service LLC.
-renewed National Flood Insurance Program and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association policies and purchased additional insurance coverage for property and contents.
-renewed Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund insurance coverage for unemployment and workers’ compensation coverage.
-accepted the third quarter investment report.
-authorized Dr. Myles Shelton, president, to negotiate the purchase of property.
-heard a report on the results of the 2021 Media Preferences (MediaPrefs) survey of Galveston College students from Carol Langston, director of Public Affairs.
-heard an update from Janene Davison, president of the Faculty Senate.
-reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

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Galveston College Board of Regents hears report on CARES Act funding and financial needs of students

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on April 14 learned that Galveston College had distributed $1.07 million in direct federal financial aid to Galveston College students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).

Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, said emergency grants were provided to students whose lives were disrupted because of COVID-19 and who faced financial challenges due to job loss and unemployment, healthcare, childcare and other unexpected expenses.

Dr. Shelton said the American Rescue Plan, which Congress signed into law in March, includes provisions for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).

In other business, Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, presented a student success report on the results from the Trellis Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS).

The SFWS is a national, online survey used to document the financial health and student success indicators of students in higher education. In addition to financial wellness, data from the survey provide critical insights into topics such as basic needs security and student perceptions of institutional support.

Findings from the fall 2020 survey administration show that many Galveston College students have anxiety about paying for school: 73 percent agree or strongly agree that they worry about having enough money to pay for school, and 67 percent have run out of money three or more times in the past year.

Additionally, 74 percent of students said their family’s finances have worsened since before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of students agree or strongly agree Galveston College has the support services to help them address their financial situations.

“By utilizing the data and research-based suggestions presented in the survey report, the college can continue to structure programs and initiatives to bolster students’ success in the face of financial challenges,” Allen said.

In board action, the board approved instructional agreements for dual-credit and early-admissions enrollment classes for the 2021-22 academic year with the Galveston Independent School District, O’Connell College Preparatory School, Odyssey Academy and Upward Hope Academy.

In other action, board members:

–approved the reappointment of full-time faculty for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
–accepted the retirement of Kathleen Hutchins-Otero, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, effective Aug. 31.
–reviewed the first and second quarter reports on incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking under Section 51.253(c) of the Texas Education Code as amended during the 86th Legislative Session.
–approved an agreement between The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Galveston College to provide student health and counseling services for the 2021-22 academic year.
–heard an update on the 2020-21 Galveston College lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment from Janene Davison, president of the Faculty Senate.
–heard a Student Government Association update from SGA President Maia Adolphs, who said the SGA had begun a Whitecaps Wardrobe professional clothing closet for students. The SGA also will be recognizing seven dual-credit students from Ball High School who will receive their associate degrees in May and will host officer elections and a virtual escape room this spring.
–reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Upon request by college officials, the board removed from the agenda a proposal to supply and install a needlepoint ionization system at the main campus and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center to allow further study and review.

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Galveston College board moves forward with PBK Architects for Nursing and Health Sciences Education building project

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, in a special session on April 7, authorized Dr. Myles Shelton, president, to negotiate a contract with PBK Architects, Inc., of Houston for architectural and engineering services for the construction of a new nursing and health sciences education building on the main campus.

The college received 13 responses to its request for qualifications for architectural and engineering services. Of those 13, the five firms scoring the highest were invited to make presentations for review.

In addition, the board approved proposals for landscape and architecture planning and design services for the main campus and for the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center from Elizabeth Austin Associates of The Woodlands. The proposals will take the projects from schematic design and construction documentation to oversight of installation.

Dr. Shelton said campus landscaping at both locations sustained considerable damage as a result of the February winter storm, and college staff will not know the exact extent of the damage for another month or so until the plants break their winter dormancy and begin to grow – or in some cases, not grow.

The board also decided to meet on April 27 at 4:30 p.m. to review and discuss proposals for bond financial adviser services.

Above: Galveston College Regent Carroll Sunseri looks at a virtual rendering of a nursing and health sciences building at another institution at the April 7 special board meeting.

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Board of Regents hears report on Nursing program involvement in Galveston County mass vaccination clinic

The Galveston College Community College District Board of Regents on March 10 heard a report from Associate Degree Nursing instructor Jeff Eubank on the Nursing program’s involvement in the Galveston County COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Walter Hall Park in League City.

Eubank said Nursing students are receiving required clinical experience at the vaccination hub, which is inoculating up to 3,000 individuals a day using mostly volunteer labor.

The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management, Office of Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, the Galveston County Health District and the University of Texas Medical Branch have partnered to coordinate the effort.

“Our students love it,” Eubank said. “They are receiving a lot of great experience working with the patients and the professionals from UTMB the health district and other organizations. It’s been a wonderful opportunity.”

Eubank said the Galveston County vaccination effort is outpacing efforts in many other regions in the state. The waiting list for COVID-19 vaccinations in Galveston County is now open to all people, regardless of their age or health status.

Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, expressed appreciation to UTMB, the health district and the county for their efforts to provide vaccinations in Galveston County and to provide educators with access to vaccines.

“We appreciate UTMB including our faculty and staff along with teachers and others who work in our local schools,” Dr. Shelton said. “We just have to get more people vaccinated now.”

In other business, regents heard a student success report from Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, on the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).

Galveston College periodically administers the SSI and uses the results to target areas most in need of improvement to retain students and help them be successful. The data collected are analyzed in terms of strengths and challenges that can be used for action planning, 12 composite scales that provide an overview of what matters most to the college’s students, and more than 70 individual items that provide insight on specific student experiences.

The fall 2020 survey administration revealed that Galveston College students’ satisfaction levels on composite scales have increased over time; recent scores exceed 2015 scores on each scale by anywhere from 4 percent to 12 percent.

“While the college is on par with national peers for scores on individual items, there were discrepancies between what our students expect and their levels of satisfaction in some areas,” Allen said. “However, in spite of those discrepancies, Galveston College students indicated a slightly greater likelihood of re-enrollment if they had to do it all over again compared to the previous administration of the survey in 2017 – a pattern that aligns with recent research suggesting the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the student experience in 2020 and beyond.”

In board action, the regents accepted the board nominating committee’s decision not to recommend a candidate to fill the unexpired term of Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31. There will be an election for position 8 in May 2022.

In other board action, the regents:

  • accepted the retirement of Hubert D. Callahan, Radiation Therapy program director, effective Aug. 20.
  • approved student housing room and board fees for 2021-2022, including $1,500 per semester room fees for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, Whitecaps Apartments and a house at 3815 Ave. Q1/2; $1,350 per semester room fees for houses and garage apartments at 2223 41st St. and 3802 Ave. R.; and $1,812 per semester for the board fee, which includes 14 meals and snacks.
  • approved six changes to academic course fees for 2021-2022, including new course fees for professional assessment and/or preparation in Surgical Technology, Radiography and Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • accepted a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Education Relief Fund Minority Serving Institutions grant award in the amount of $147,790 for the budget period of June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.
  • approved a proposal from American Mechanical Services (AMS) to retrofit the air handler unit in the Mary Moody Northen Center central plant. Cost is $145,080.64.
  • approved a proposal to purchase portable programmable logic controller training equipment and installation services from Technical Laboratory Systems for the Electrical/Electronics Technology program. Cost is $56,485.
  • accepted an audit services engagement letter from Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Benjamin Shelton, vice president.
  • accepted the fiscal year 2020-2021 second-quarter investment report.
  • reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

 

Above: Associate Degree Nursing student Carmen Kosinski administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the Galveston County mass vaccination clinic at Walter Hall Park in League City. Jeff Eubank, Nursing instructor, recently visited with the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents about how students in the Nursing program are gaining valuable clinical experience this spring as volunteers at the vaccination hub.

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Galveston College Board of Regents accepting letters of interest and résumés for Position 8

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents nominating committee is accepting letters of interest and résumés to fill the unexpired term of Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31.

Nominating committee members include Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred D. Raschke, chair, past Board of Regents Chair Raymond Lewis, Jr. and Regent Mary R. Longoria.

The college will accept letters of interest for Position 8 for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, and ending on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. Letters of interest should be submitted to the Office of the President in person or at GCBoardElections@gc.edu.

Following a review of the letters of interest, the nominating committee will select a small group of candidates for interviews and further consideration by the full board.

Please submit letters of interest and nominations to

Dr. W. Myles Shelton

Office of the President

Galveston College

4015 Avenue Q

Galveston, TX 77550

GCBoardElections@gc.edu

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Galveston College Board of Regents forms nominating committee for Position 8, hears report on technology survey

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday formed a nominating committee to make recommendations to the board to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31.

Board of Regents Chair Karen F. Flowers appointed a nominating committee comprised of Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred D. Raschke, who will chair the committee, past Board of Regents Chair Raymond Lewis, Jr. and Regent Mary R. Longoria.

The term, which expires in May 2022, is Position 8 on the board.

The college will accept letters of interest for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, and ending on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. Letters of interest should be submitted to the Office of the President in person or at GCBoardElections@gc.edu.

Following a review of the letters of interest on Feb. 17, the nominating committee will select a small group of candidates for interviews on Feb. 24 and further consideration by the full board. It is anticipated that a decision will be made at the March 10 board meeting.

In other business at the meeting, board members heard a report on a student technology survey from Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research Carmen Allen.

During the fall 2020 semester, Galveston College conducted an online survey to gather information about students’ ownership, use patterns and expectations as they relate to technology and the academic experience.

“Eighty-eight percent of the students who responded to the survey reported having access to the internet five or more days a week, on average,” Allen said. “Ninety-four percent were able to access the internet from home. More than 90 percent of students with home internet access described it as being at least moderately strong and reliable. Ninety percent of students used a laptop for at least one class in fall 2020.”

When asked to rank various learning environments in order of preference, Allen said 60 percent of students preferred either totally or mostly face-to-face classes.

The survey also addressed issues related to technology challenges during the fall semester.

“Seventy percent of students experienced at least one technological issue that presented a challenge to their online learning experience in fall 2020, and 40 percent experienced multiple issues,” Allen said.

In other business, board members

  • approved the promotion of Dr. Arlinda Washington from associate professor to professor of Nursing.
  • ratified the appointment of full-time faculty members Melissa Gauna, instructor of Healthcare Management, Dr. Alex-Giovanny Peniche-Trujillo, instructor of Biology, and John Ryland, instructor/program director of Logistics.
  • heard a legislative update and college calendar report from President Myles Shelton. The spring 2021 lecture series will be conducted virtually.
  • heard updates from Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, and Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the performing arts.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Maia Adolphs, SGA president.
  • approved a proposal to offer Continuing Education Level 1 certificates in Automotive Diesel Technology and Massage Therapy.
  • ratified acceptance of a $750,000 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas Reskilling Support Fund grant award from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.
  • approved a proposal for a website content management system from OmniUpdate.
  • accepted the fiscal year 2020-21 first quarter investment report.
  • reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller. 
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Galveston College board honors Regent Carl Kelly

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Regent Kelly died unexpectedly on July 31.

In presenting a framed copy of the resolution to Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, Regent Kelly’s family representatives, Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, shared special memories of the former chair, vice chair and secretary of the board and his service on numerous board committees, including athletic, diversity committee (chair), policies and planning (chair), facilities and most recently finance and policies committees.

In addition to serving Galveston College, Regent Kelly served at the national level as an assistant teller for the Western Regional Caucus and Meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees. He also served on the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees (former chair), Texas State Bar Grievance Board, Galveston Historical Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Galveston Charter Review Committee, the BPA Housing Development Corporation Board and the 1894 Grand Opera House.

“Regent Kelly’s commitment to public service and volunteerism is evident in the seemingly endless list of altruistic activities to which he devoted his time and energy,” Dr. Shelton said.

In other business, the board heard a report from Amy Leuchtag, director of the Building Bridges to Success (BBS) program, which recently celebrated its 23rd year at Galveston College.

Leuchtag said BBS is part of the nationwide TRIO Student Support Services program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide academic and student support services for approximately 200 first-generation, low-income students.

The goals of BBS are to increase student retention in classes, completion of certificates and degrees, graduation from college and transfer to universities. Services include academic advising and degree planning, course selection and registration, academic tutoring, personal and career guidance, financial aid and scholarship information, economic and financial literacy education and resources and transfer assistance.

“Despite the challenges faced as a result of Covid-19, for the 2019-2020 academic year, BBS achieved 59 graduates,” Leuchtag said.

In the most recent annual performance report for the Department of Education, BBS attained an 88 percent persistence rate. This means that 88 percent of the program participants were retained from one fall semester to the next, graduated and/or transferred.

Ninety-eight percent of BBS program participants were in good academic standing with a GPA greater than or equal to 2.0. Sixty-eight percent of BBS students earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry, and 31 percent of participants earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry and transferred to a four-year university. In August, the college was notified that it had received funding for the TRIO program for another five years. The college will receive $283,895 for the 2020-2021 program year. 

In other business, board members

  • heard an update on college events and activities from Dr. Shelton. Dr. Shelton said the college is fast-approaching mid-term for fall 2020, which is Oct. 23. He also reported on a fall 2020 second-start session enrollment of 468 compared to fall 2019 second-start enrollment of 259. The fall 2020 lecture series will be conducted virtually.
  • heard updates from Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, and technical program faculty members James Love, Welding Technology, and Patrick Lantz, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Maia Adolphs, president, and Benjamin Shelton, vice president.
  • approved a proposal with Ferrilli to provide Ellucian Colleague consultant services at a total cost of $318,000 annually for two years.
  • approved a proposal to purchase equipment to convert two combined classrooms in the Fine Arts Building into a video streaming lecture studio at a cost of $31,739.80.
  • amended the interlocal agreement between the college district and Galveston County to provide campus law enforcement services.
  • accepted a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Training Grants Program award in the amount of $49,765 to provide a new Electrical Safety on the Job training program for small businesses.
  • heard an update on the college’s identity theft program by Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management.
  • reviewed the unaudited year-end financial statements for fiscal year 2019-20 and monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Pictured: The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Pictured are Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers, Kelly family representatives Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, and Regent Ray Lewis, Jr.