Category: Campus News

Galveston Community College District Board of Regents to meet May 13

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, in Room 220, Moody Hall, Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Prior to the regular meeting, the Nominating Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. in Room 220 of Moody Hall.

Meeting agendas are here.

Final exams are May 7-13 at Galveston College

The countdown is on! Spring 2020 semester final exams are set for May 7-13 at Galveston College.

Final exams will be conducted online; however, students in some technical and professional program areas may have to return to campus to complete coursework or testing due to national accreditation standards or program requirements.

Students and instructors in these specific programs are finalizing details to conclude these programs successfully. The college will begin to reopen the campus on Monday, May 18, on a limited basis for students who need to complete clinical training and laboratory assignments. All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols will be followed.

All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, as students, faculty, staff and visitors enter the buildings, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

All May mini-semester and summer credit and noncredit classes will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online but can be delivered face to face in accordance with CDC guidelines.

2020 Real Opportunity Register

Registration for summer and fall 2020 underway

Registration for summer and fall 2020 classes is underway. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, registration is strictly online.

The Student Services team is here to help! Here are the steps to registration.

New and prospective students should complete the admissions application at applytexas.org and contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@gc.edu to ensure their admissions files are complete.

In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Office at advising@gc.edu or their designated program advisers by email.

The online registration system is open. To register, complete the following steps:

  • Log in to the Whitecaps portal by entering a Galveston College user ID and password. (Students who do not know their Galveston College ID should contact the Information Technology Service Desk at helpdesk@gc.edu.)
  • View Degree Audit.
  • Select Register for Classes.

Registration is not complete until payment arrangements are made.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students should contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu to ensure their financial aid awards are in place. Students who have not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should do so here.

The deadline for Galveston College scholarship applications for fall 2020 is Friday, May 1. Please click here to complete the application. Email the application to finaid@gc.edu by 5 p.m. on May 1.

Tuition and Fees Payments

Students owing a balance can make full payments online with a credit card via their student portal or by sending a check or money order by mail to the Galveston College Business Office, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550. (Please include a name and student ID number.) Those who have payment questions can email bo@gc.edu or leave a message at (409) 944-1362. (Please provide name, student ID number and contact information.)

Students wanting to set up a payment plan must sign up via their student portal using the FACTS payment plan system. For more information on payment plans, please visit the FACTS payment system information page here.

Payment questions may be directed to the Business Office at bo@gc.edu.

Need Help?

Students who have trouble with their Whitecaps portal should contact:

Information Technology Service Desk

helpdesk@gc.edu

For information regarding admissions, please contact:

 

Admissions and Registrar

admissions@gc.edu

 

For information and assistance with registering for classes, please contact:

Counseling and Advising Center

advising@gc.edu

 

For assistance with holds on accounts, please contact:

 

Business Office

bo@gc.edu

 

Financial Aid

finaid@gc.edu

 

 

Please contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

Galveston College is here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Seibel Spring Flowers

Galveston College announces plans for summer classes

Galveston College President Myles Shelton announced today that all May mini-semester and summer credit and noncredit classes will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online but can be delivered face to face in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Examples of programs that may require hands-on or face-to-face instruction include shop, laboratory and clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, welding and other applied technology areas.

“During the rapidly changing circumstances of the last several weeks, our country, state and community took actions that were designed to protect us from COVID-19,” Dr. Shelton said. “It was no different at Galveston College, as we worked to create the opportunities for teaching and learning to continue while also working to keep students, faculty, staff and the community safe during this pandemic.”

On March 23, all classes at Galveston College moved online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Academic and student support services, such as the library, tutoring, counseling and advising, admissions, registration and financial aid, also are offered online, by telephone and by email.

“I want to commend our students, faculty and staff for their flexibility, adaptability and perseverance this semester,” Dr. Shelton said. “I am especially proud of our students, as they have continued in their studies and have committed to completing their programs of study even in the face of the hurdles and curves that they have encountered as a result of COVID-19. I commend their strength and their courage.”

The college will begin to reopen the campus on May 18 on a limited basis for students who need to complete clinical training and laboratory assignments in technical programs or technical courses.

“We will be working to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials,” Dr. Shelton said.

All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, as students, faculty, staff and visitors enter the buildings, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online throughout the summer. In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

On June 1, limited in-person admissions, financial aid and registration services will be available on campus. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online. Faculty and staff, where possible, will continue to work remotely until July 31.

“Although we are looking forward to August, the fall semester, and a return to the normal operations of the college, we know that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve and change on almost a daily basis,” Dr. Shelton said.

For Dr. Shelton’s complete update to the campus community, please visit the Galveston College website at gc.edu.

Campus Update from President Myles Shelton

During the rapidly changing circumstances of the last several weeks, our country, state, and community took actions that were designed to protect us from COVID-19. And it was no different at Galveston College as we worked to create the opportunities for teaching and learning to continue while also working to keep you safe during this pandemic. Not that long ago, all classes at Galveston College moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. And now, as we approach the end of the spring semester and as we look forward to the summer and fall semesters, it is time for us to consider and make decisions about our next steps as we seek to continue to confront COVID-19 and to work to make sure that teaching and learning continue at Galveston College in the safest way possible.

 

However, before we talk about next steps, I first want to commend you, our students, our faculty, and our staff for your flexibility, your adaptability, and your perseverance this semester. I want you to know that I am proud of our faculty and staff as they have continued to work to help you, our students, succeed. And to our students, I am especially proud of you as you have continued in your studies and as you have committed yourselves to completing your programs of study even in the face of the hurdles and curves that you have encountered as a result of COVID-19. I commend your strength and your courage.   #GCStrong

 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with state and local directives, and out of our continuing concern for you, our students, faculty, and staff, we announce the following decisions for all May mini-semester and summer classes (credit and Continuing Education classes).

 

All May mini-semester and summer classes (both credit and noncredit) will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online, but can be delivered face to face in accordance with CDC guidelines. Examples include shop, laboratory, and/or clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and other applied technology areas.

 

Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online through May. Then, one week prior to the beginning of the first summer session, limited in person admissions, financial aid, and registration services will be available on campus. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online.

 

For the early part of the summer and continuing through July 31, employees where possible will continue to work remotely. For those individuals who must come to campus and/or work from campus, the College will allow flexible schedules and/or shifts, as approved by the immediate supervisor and the vice president responsible for that area of the College.

 

Beginning on Monday, May 18, as we begin to reopen the campus for students who need to complete clinicals and laboratory assignments in technical programs or technical courses, we will be working to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines as well as the directives of state and local officials. All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering, as appropriate. (See FAQs for additional information concerning facial masks or face coverings.) In addition, as students, faculty, staff, and visitors enter the facilities, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19. Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

Although we are looking forward to August, the fall semester, and a return to the normal operations of the College, we know that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve and change on almost a daily basis. Consequently, we must plan for classes as scheduled in the fall and for normal operations while at the same time planning for the hurdles and curves that COVID-19 might still throw at us.

 

As we begin the process of reopening the campus and before I close this letter, let me again say how proud I am of each of you. And, although this is just the first stage in the reopening process, I know the Galveston College family is strong and up to the challenges of these uncertain times. I know our faculty and staff are continuing to help you, our students, succeed. And I am confident that you, our students, will continue to be strong and courageous as you work to continue your studies.   #GCStrong

 

Regards,

 

Dr. W. Myles Shelton

President

Galveston College

New Training Ambulance at Galveston College

Galveston College announces new EMS Professional certificate and alternative AAS in EMS

Galveston College officials recently announced the addition of a new Emergency Medical Services Professional certificate and alternative Associate of Applied Science degree program for paramedics who are seeking to advance in their careers.

 

The 21 credit-hour EMS Professional certificate is designed to prepare certified paramedics for entry into management, education or supervisory positions in EMS and fire organizations.

 

The program is a completely online professional course plan.

 

EMS Professional certificate graduates can add coursework in a subsequent semester or semesters to obtain the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services.

 

“This new program accomplishes a big need in the EMS profession,” said Brian Ayres, director of the Emergency Medical Services program at Galveston College. “There are many paramedics in the workforce who did not have an option to complete their AAS EMS degree. Many EMS programs throughout the state and country do not have degree options leaving these students with no ability to complete their AAS. This program solves that problem and provides the education needed to qualify for advancement in promotional opportunities.”

 

In this program, not only are paramedics able to achieve their AAS degree, but also obtain certifications in Critical Care, EMS Instructor, Supervision/Management, EMS Safety and Disaster Response.

 

“The EMS profession needs more leaders, and the Galveston College EMS program now has a program in place to educate and develop future leaders for the EMS profession,” Ayres said.

 

Galveston College is a leading provider of Emergency Medical Services education in the Gulf Coast region, offering the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services, as well as the Emergency Medical Technician Basic, EMT Advanced, Paramedic, Critical Care and EMS Professional certificates.

 

For more information, visit the Galveston College website at www.gc.edu/ems or contact Brian Ayres, program director, at bayres@gc.edu.

 

Above: Vice President of Instruction Dr. Cissy Matthews and Emergency Medical Services Program Director Brian Ayres showcase the college’s EMS training unit donated by Clear Lake Emergency Medical Services. The college has expanded its EMS program with the addition of an EMS professional certificate and alternative degree for paramedics who are seeking to advance in their careers.

Donna Swartz

Galveston College Medical Administration program is official education partner of AAPC

The Galveston College Medical Administration program has been named an official education partner with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

The AAPC is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 190,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management and practice management.

As an official education partner with the AAPC, Galveston College is licensed to offer AAPC’s curriculum to prepare students for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and to enter the field of health insurance processing and coding functions.

“As Galveston College’s Certified Professional Coder instructor, I am excited to bring this opportunity to the Gulf Coast region,” said Donna Swartz, division director of Industrial and Applied Technology and Medical Administration program director. “Following the initial pilot of the AAPC’s CPC curriculum during the spring of 2020, which demonstrated high student achievement in medical coding, I am confident that the continued use of the AAPC curriculum will improve CPC exam pass rates, as well as students’ medical coding ability in practical application.”

Graduates of the 30 credit-hour Galveston College program receive a certificate in Medical Coding. Students can choose to continue their studies to earn certification as a Medical Records Technician and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration in their second year.

“Students also benefit from reduced AAPC membership and CPC exam registration costs, and eligible students may receive federal funding for tuition and fees costs,” Swartz added. “We offer a comprehensive training program that aligns with industry trends for our community.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022. The average salary for medical coders in the Gulf Coast region is $57,802.

For more information on the Galveston College Medical Administration program, please contact Donna Swartz at dswartz@gc.edu.

Galveston College to offer Associate of Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology

Galveston College has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate of Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology.

The 60 credit-hour program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as entry-level instrumentation technicians in chemical plants, oil refineries, electrical power plants and water treatment facilities.

The program will include three stackable Instrumentation Technology certificates: Basic (16 hours), Intermediate (32 hours) and Advanced (45 hours).

Initial enrollment is expected to be 20 students with courses delivered through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid and laboratory instruction.

According to Texas Workforce Commission data projections, employment of instrumentation technicians in the Gulf Coast region is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. The average hourly salary for instrumentation technicians ranges from $20 to $67 an hour.

The program was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in December 2019.

For more information on the AAS and certificates in Instrumentation Technology, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success adviser at mcrichlow@gc.edu.

Drive-through Food for Thought distribution is Thursday at ATC

There will be a drive-through Galveston College Food for Thought distribution for currently enrolled students on Thursday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center (ATC), 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Here are the steps to receive food:

  •  Students must possess their current student ID for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Students must present their student ID through the window of their automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
  • Students must open the trunk of their automobile so that the volunteer may place box/bag of food inside.
  • Students drive off safely after receiving food.

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the ATC. Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

For more information about the food distribution and to volunteer, please contact Vera Lewis-Jasper, dean of technical and professional education, at vlewis@gc.edu or Sharon Pagan, career navigator, at spagan@gc.edu.

For additional information about Food for Thought, please contact Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, at rcrumedy@gc.edu.

Last Day to Withdraw

Galveston College extends spring 2020 withdrawal deadline to April 30

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Galveston College has extended the spring 2020 withdrawal deadline from April 17 to April 30.
 
“We certainly understand the tremendous impact of this unprecedented event on our students and their families,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “We encourage you to stay in your classes and work with your faculty members to address any concerns. You are very important to us. We’re all in this together.”
 
Students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu for academic and student support services assistance in completing this semester and for help in planning for the next semester. Students should include their name, student ID and phone number in their correspondence.
 
“The entire Galveston College community is dedicated to helping students have the most successful educational experience possible,” Dr. Shelton said. “Please do not hesitate to contact us as we all work to remain healthy and continue our daily activities.”
 
Stay safe, Whitecaps!