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Galveston College Quickstart Graduates

Galveston College sets free Quickstart training programs

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning July 29 and Aug 26.

Register online at https://gc.edu/quickstart-programs.

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, GalvestonCollege 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 mpowers@gc.edu. (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Recent graduates of the Galveston College Quickstart Electrical Helper training program include (standing, left to right) Quency Adams, Jenson Brunner, Collin Sempe, teacher Horace Williams IV, Keilan Navarro, D’Asia Scranton, Zulemie Perez and (kneeling, left to right) Eduardo Vazquez and Jamall Williams. Not pictured is LaMarc Graves.

Student Services Rendering

Title V Pathways project makes student services renovation a reality

Thanks to the Title V Pathways project at Galveston College, key student services spaces on the first floor of Moody Hall are being renovated to improve student success, retention, persistence to graduation and transfer among the college’s student population.

The renovation is just one of several initiatives of the “Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising and Transfer at a Hispanics-serving Community College,” which is funded by the US Department of Education.

The overall goals of the project are to clarify pathways for students, help students get on a guided path, help students stay on a guided path and ensure students are learning in order to increase retention (course completion and fall-to-fall retention), improve course success, increase completion rates of a recognized credential and increase successful transfer to 4-year institutions.

PBK Architects is project architect. TUCON Unbehagen Construction is project contractor.

Dr. Sandra Metoyer is director of the Title V Pathways project.

 

Above: Architect’s rendering of the new student services area at Galveston College.

Student Activities and SGA sponsor Juneteenth celebration

Galveston College recognized the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States with a Juneteenth luncheon on June 19 in the Cheney Student Center dining room.

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association partnered with Mr. C’s Dugout to provide a soul-food lunch menu, including smothered pork chops, white rice, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, black-eyed peas and cornbread.

The SGA served up free peach cobbler and ice cream and shared a poster display with information on the history of Juneteenth in Galveston and in the USA.

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865, the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19, General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States.

The former slaves in Galveston celebrated the day that they were set free. The first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year. The annual celebration began to spread throughout Texas and surrounding states. In 1980 it became an official state holiday in Texas.

 

Above: Galveston College Nursing students enjoy soul food from Mr. C’s Dugout and peach cobbler and ice cream courtesy of the Student Activities office and Student Government Association during Galveston College’s Juneteenth celebration on June 19.

Summer II and Fall 2019 registration is underway

Registration is underway for summer II and fall 2019 classes at Galveston College.

Registration hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Cheney Student Center.

Summer II classes begin Monday, July 15. The fall 2019 semester begins Monday, Aug. 26.

To search for summer and fall classes, visit https://gc.edu/search-for-classes.

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

Students registering now through Aug. 30 for the fall 2019 semester have access to a new FACTS monthly payment plan option. Payments may be made via e-Cashier by automatic bank payment or credit card. Additional information is on the Whitecaps portal.

For more information, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-4242 or admissions@gc.edu.

Galveston College SGA sets Juneteenth celebration

Galveston College SGA sets Juneteenth celebration

Did you know Juneteenth started right here in Galveston and that Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States?
The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will partner with Mr. C’s Dugout to provide a soul-food lunch menu on Wednesday, June 19, during luncheon service in the Chaney Student Center. Menu items include smothered pork chops, white rice, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, black-eyed peas and cornbread.
The SGA will provide free peach cobbler and ice cream while supplies last, beginning at 11 a.m. The SGA also will share a poster display with information on the history of Juneteenth in Galveston and in the USA.
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865, the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19, General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States.
The former slaves in Galveston celebrated the day that they were set free. The first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year. The annual celebration began to spread throughout Texas and surrounding states. In 1980 it became an official state holiday in Texas.

College breaks ground for Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Galveston College broke ground Wednesday, June 12, for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, which include seven units designed to resemble the historical homes of Galveston. Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, the Seibels were honored and remembered at a summer luncheon featuring family member Jean Rosenbaum.

The project is funded in large part with the generous support of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation.

“This is the second significant capital expansion grant from the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation to Galveston College,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “Fewer than10 years ago, Galveston College was given the means to build the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing allowing students and the community to gather for events ranging from civic, collegiate and evenings of powerful educational enrichment. Now the Seibel Foundation has bestowed the financial support necessary to realize the college’s long-time dream of student housing. We are excited about bringing this project to the neighborhood and to our students.”

When completed, the buildings will house approximately 80 students. When coupled with existing housing, the college will be able to serve approximately 110 students with housing opportunities.

“I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation trustees for their generous support, which made these student residences a reality,” said Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents. “The Seibel Foundation’s lead gift on this project is a complete game-changer not only financially, but also in what it means for us going forward. It is truly transformational, and we look forward to celebrating the legacy of the Seibels with a grand opening event in 2020.”

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Creole Design LLC of Houston is architect.

Above: Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Regent Carl Kelly, Jean Rosenbaum, Barry Rosenbaum, Regent Armin Cantini, Lindsay Glover, Pam Kelley and Rabbi Jimmy Kessler break ground for the new Abe and Annie Seibel Student Residences at Galveston College. For more groundbreaking ceremony photos, click here.

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 2 (D)

2nd full-time Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 2 of its full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy May 30 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the nine graduates of Class 2 marched into the auditorium 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 Vice President for Instruction, Cissy Matthews, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Matthews commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating Cadet Tait Cooper, 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 District Attorney Jack Roady of Galveston County encouraged the graduates to be bold in their pursuits.

“We are the communities that you have pledged to serve and protect,” Roady said. “We are going to be looking to you on the worst days of our lives to be our strength … to be bold.”

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Sanjay Soodeen. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Tait Cooper

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.

Graduates included Garrett Alby, Dakota Burrows, Elena Colon, Tait Cooper, Elizabeth Dobson, Mandy Hendrick, Brian Rawls, Sanjay Soodeen and Andrew Vences.

Cadet Class 2 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Sgt. Jeffrey Banks, Galveston Police Department; Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Patrick Broash, Galveston Police Department; Vancessa Cadena, Galveston Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Det. Derek Gaspark, 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; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, Jones Creek Marshal’s Office; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Kris Pompa, Galveston Police Department; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; Jackie Sanford, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; John Siverand, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villarreal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s 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.

Above: Nine cadets graduated May 30 from Class 2 of Galveston College’s full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy. The cadets had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam. For more Law Enforcement Academy graduation photos, click here.

Dr. Tirizia York

Galveston College accepts applications for new bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management

Galveston College has begun accepting applications for admission to its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management (BAS-HCM) degree program, which will start in fall 2019.

Dr. Tirizia York, director of the program, said the purpose of the BAS-HCM program is to prepare students who already possess associate degrees in allied health fields for entry- to mid-level management positions in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, emergency medical services, public health agencies or similar organizations. The upper-level courses in the program will be delivered primarily via distance education with some face-to-face meetings each semester.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, there will be an average of 275 openings each year in the Gulf Coast Workforce Area for healthcare managers. This represents a 32 percent increase from 2014 to 2024.

Statewide predictions indicate there will be 1,070 annual job openings in this career field, which is a 29 percent increase from 2014 to 2024. All of these healthcare management positions will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The admissions criteria and program application are available on the Galveston College website at https://gc.edu/healthcare-management/. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the summer, but the priority review will begin on June 3.

32nd Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 32 of Law Enforcement Academy cadets May 15 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the eight graduates of Class 32 marched into the auditorium 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 Erin Shaw, 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 Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department asked those in attendance to observe a moment of silent in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is celebrated throughout the nation on May 15, and encouraged the graduates to continue to serve with integrity in honor of those who gave their lives in service to their communities.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Calixto Lopez. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Erin Shaw.

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.

Graduates included Luis Camino, Michael Gonzalez, Shane Hubbard, Lindsy Jackson, Calixto Lopez, Julia Pina, Mark Posey and Erin Shaw.

Cadet Class 32 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Kara Harrison, City of Galveston; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Andre Mitchell, Galveston County Constables, Precinct 2; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; and Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College.

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.

 

Above: Members and instructors of Class 32 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row) Erin Shaw, (middle row) faculty member Bart Stephenson, Shane Hubbard, Mark Posey, Julia Pina, Lindsy Jackson and faculty member Sgt. Khristen New, (back row) faculty member Sgt. William Kilburn, Michael Gonzalez, Luis Camino and Calixto Lopez. For more photos from the ceremony, click here.

Sharon Pagan and Joseph Terrell

Workforce Programs Career Fair is May 30

The Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair is set for Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

To date, 22 employers from the region are scheduled to participate in the event, which focuses on career opportunities for students in career-technical programs. Employers include the following:

  • Action Personnel
  • UTMB Health
  • Moody Gardens
  • The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
  • The Meridian Retirement Community
  • Orchard Park at Victory Lakes
  • Bayou Pines Care Center
  • Port of Galveston
  • TRC
  • PeopleReady
  • Turner Industries
  • Broome Welding
  • CBRE
  • Hotel Galvez and Spa
  • Advanced Refrigeration
  • Lulu’s
  • Industrial Material Corporation
  • South Coast Fabrication
  • Daikin
  • Galveston Electrical-Local Union 527

The career fair allows candidates and employers to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

Sharon Levy Pagan, Galveston College career navigator at the Applied Technology Center, is available to assist students in creating resumes by appointment.

For more information about the career fair or to schedule a resume review appointment,

call her at (409) 944-1410 or email spagan@gc.edu.

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