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Galveston College Quickstart program students

Galveston College Quickstart program students

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


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.


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

2018 Law Enforcement Graduation

Galveston College celebrates first full-time Law Enforcement Academy graduation

2018 Law Enforcement Graduation

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of its first full-time Law Enforcement Academy cadets Dec. 14 with a crowd of more than 250 family members, friends and law enforcement professionals from throughout the region.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the 17 graduates of Class 1 filed into the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing at Galveston College to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating cadet Matthew Cauley, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker Chief LeeRoy Amador of the Galveston Independent School District Police Department encouraged the graduates to serve by the Golden Rule and to treat those whom they are called to assist the way they want their loved ones to be treated.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range by cadet Clayton Cole. The top academic achievement award went to cadet Matthew Cauley.

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam and an overall class average of 95 on 16 examinations throughout the program.

Graduates included Tristen Allen, Kenneth Callister, Matthew Cauley, Clayton Cole, Zoie Delacerda, Jonathan Douglas, Enrique Garcia, Jr., Justin Gibbs, Trevor Hennington, Ethan Kahla, Jacob Lira, Martin Martinez, Larry Murph, Alberto Rodriguez, Tyler TenEyck, Jesus Juarez-Vasquez and Victoria Westbrook-Cauley.

Cadet Class I instructors included. Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Geoffrey Gainer, Galveston Police Department; Det. Derek Gaspard, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Susan Gibbs, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Brent Haynes, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Jacob Manuel, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; and Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Also, Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; John Siverand,  UTMB Police Department; Det. Michelle Sollenberger, Galveston Police Department; J.L. Sullivan, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Rene Vela, Galveston Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villareal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s part-time Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officers certification. The 699-hour course of study includes, but is not limited to

  • review of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure,
  • Texas traffic laws,
  • firearms training
  • physical training/defensive tactics,
  • police vehicle operation,
  • vice and narcotics investigation,
  • criminal investigation and
  • traffic accident investigation.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or

For photo highlights of the ceremony, click here.

Galveston College receives go-ahead to offer bachelor’s degrees

Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Dec. 11 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees.

Approval to advance from a Level I associate degree-granting college to a Level II bachelor’s degree-granting institution was the final step in Galveston College’s yearlong journey to offer its first bachelor’s degree in 51 years of service to Galveston Island, the state of Texas and the Gulf Coast region – a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2118 on June 12, 2017, which allowed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to authorize certain public two-year colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs in the fields of applied science, applied technology and nursing.

In November 2017, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents took a historic vote to create the opportunity for Galveston College to pursue offering the bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The college will launch the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management in fall 2019. The nursing degree is still in the planning stages.

“The bachelor’s degrees we will offer are designed to complement our two-year degree and certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce and to transfer to four-year universities,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “These are degrees when there is a local workforce need either for skills that need specific training and require a bachelor’s degree or for someone who has those skills and wants to advance into a management role.”

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level management positions in planning, directing and coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed-care organizations, public health agencies or similar organizations.

“The state of Texas and the Galveston-Houston metro area are facing severe shortages of healthcare managers in a variety of areas,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction at Galveston College. “The new bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management will offer students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree in an affordable, supportive environment that is close to home.”

Dr. Matthews said the college is excited to offer its first bachelor’s degree in support of the needs of the healthcare industry in the region.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to provide higher education for an industry that is critical to our island and region’s economic health,” Dr. Matthews said. “Local healthcare workers will now have access to a bachelor’s degree that brings with it opportunities for advancement and higher level skills development.”

Once students begin classes, the college will host an on-site visiting team from SACSCOC within six months of enrolling students. The purpose of this visiting team will be to review the Healthcare Management program and to make recommendations regarding the needs and priorities of the program.

Dr. Shelton said Galveston College will continue to add baccalaureate programs, while retaining the technical mission that is part of a community college’s job — that is, training workers for local industries.

“Our baccalaureate degrees are an affordable win-win for students, business and industry,” Shelton said. “I want to thank our local legislators, the governor, and our regents, faculty, staff and community as we begin this next chapter in the evolution of Galveston College.”

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management at Galveston College, visit or call (409) 944-4242.

Community colleges to host 4th Annual Women in Industry Conference

More than 1,250 women are expected to fill Galveston’s Moody Gardens Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to learn about expanding opportunities for women in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries.

This marks the Women in Industry Conference’s fourth year, hosted by the Community College Petrochemical Industry (CCPI), a consortium of nine area community colleges.

The one-day event is designed to introduce women to the careers and opportunities available in the petrochemical and industrial skills industries, career fields long dominated by males but now open to women.

Last year’s Women in Industry Conference, the third hosted by CCPI, drew more than 500 interested women.

”This conference is geared for all women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school or college students, veterans—who desire a stable, well-paying career,” said Dr. Sarah Janes, who helps plan the conference.

“Because of an aging workforce, plant expansions, and new construction starts in a growing economy, there are plenty of challenging, well-paying career positions available in the Gulf Coast region—and refineries and contractors are looking for trained women to hire,” Dr. Janes said.

Last year’s attendees also included women already in the field, looking to advance in their career paths.

Participants will hear from other women who work in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries and will have the opportunity to talk with college representatives about enrollment, financial aid, and other training-related issues. Several major employers are also expected to be present.

Corporate sponsors for the event include ExxonMobil, S&B Engineers, BASF, Chevron Phillips, Dow, Freeport LNG, INEOS, Jacobs, LyondellBasell, NolTex, and Shell.

To learn more about attending the Women in Industry conference, or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Kelly Dando, CCPI grant coordinator, at (281) 425-6221 or  and visit CCPI website at

CCPI-member colleges include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College.


Galveston College Community Chorale sets holiday concert

” December Magic” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas.

Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of traditional carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by a brass choir.

Other holiday treasures include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and a special arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” There are other selections, as well as a soloist from the chorale.

The free concert is open to the public.

Kevin Lallman

Galveston College promotes Lallmann to head baseball coach post

Kevin Lallman

Kevin Lallmann has been promoted to head baseball coach at Galveston College.

Lallmann succeeds Chris Joblin, who last week accepted a position as the south Texas regional scout for the Miami Marlins.

“Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the Galveston College baseball program for the past four seasons,” said Galveston College President Myles Shelton. “He is a respected member of the baseball community and will give us the opportunity to make the transition in this position as smooth as possible for our student-athletes and program. His dedication to our students’ success – both on and off the field — is commendable. We are thrilled to have him in this leadership role.”

Lallmann grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he played for the two-time state champion Carlsbad Cavemen. After high school, he played for New Mexico Junior College and Oklahoma Baptist University.

Prior to coming to Galveston, he was the head coach at Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. He also served as an assistant coach and kinesiology professor at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico, and began his coaching career at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

An associate scout for many organizations, including the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and, currently, the New York Yankees, Lallmann has worked with Baseball USA and has spoken at many camps and clinics throughout the southwest United States.

Throughout his three seasons as the Whitecaps pitching coach, Lallmann sent 14 pitchers on to play at the university level and had one selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.

“I am excited to take over a program with such a rich history and to continue to build on the success we have had in the classroom, in the community and on the baseball field,” Lallmann said. “My goal is to keep the program moving forward, to strive for championships and to ultimately win a national championship. We want to help our student-athletes reach their fullest potential and to succeed in their programs of study and after graduation.”

Lallmann and his wife, Stacy, have three daughters, Katelyn, Taylor and Tanner.

Brian Ayers

Ayers is Texas EMS Educator of the Year

Brian Ayers

Brian Ayers, Emergency Medical Services program director and instructor at Galveston College, was named EMS Educator of the Year by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the 2018 Texas EMS Conference.

“Brian is very deserving of this award for the great work he has done with the EMS program here at Galveston College,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “Brian and all the EMS faculty are dedicated to offering quality education that will prepare our graduates to be successful in the EMS profession.”

The Texas EMS Educator Award honors a state-certified EMS instructor or course coordinator who advances EMS education in Texas through innovation, collaboration and a commitment to students. The award is decided by officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services Office of EMS and Trauma System Coordination.

“I am humbled and encouraged in receiving the honor of being named the Texas EMS Educator of the year,” Ayers said. “I believe education is key to the advancement of the EMS profession, and I’m proud to be part of educating the next generation of EMS professionals.”

Ayers was nominated for the honor by his students in the program.

Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski

Galveston College wins marketing and PR awards

Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski

The Galveston College Public Affairs team recently won two Medallion Awards from District IV of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for work to promote the college’s Continuing Education programs.

The college received the gold Medallion Award for best academic catalog/class schedule for the summer 2018 continuing education schedule and the bronze award for digital advertising for continuing education social media ads.

Sandi Smith, graphics specialist, and Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager, accepted the awards at the 2018 Medallion Awards ceremony at the NCMPR District IV conference in Denver, Colorado.

“This recognition comes at a time when amazing things are happening at Galveston College,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs. “These awards are special acknowledgement of our efforts to promote the life-changing opportunities Galveston College offers to students and the community. I am so proud of our talented Public Affairs team members who work with our partners in the Continuing Education department to develop such creative schedules and advertising. It’s a great day to be a Whitecap.”

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is the leading professional development association exclusively serving those working in communication at two-year community and technical colleges.

The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. District IV includes colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.


Above: Galveston College Public Affairs team members Sandi Smith (left), graphics specialist, and Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager, and accept two Medallion Awards from District IV of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations.

Quickstart graduates

Galveston College offers free Quickstart training opportunities

Quickstart graduates

Galveston College still has openings for its free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning Jan. 14.

Apply today at

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

In addition to job training, Galveston College offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Ten students in Galveston College’s Quickstart Electrical Helper Training Program completed eight weeks of training on May 10. Pictured at their completion celebration are (front row from left) Corey LaDay, Daniel Sanchez, David Dellolio, (middle row from left) JR Cisneros, instructor Marshel Settlemire, Sid Rambin, Raymond Panameno, Faisel Nofal and Horacio Galvan. Pictured in the back row is Louis Romero. Not pictured are Chris Emmite and co-teacher Robert Reeves.