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Denysse Guzman

Galveston College to host virtual presentation on self-care planning

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a virtual presentation on self-care planning on Wednesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. via Zoom video conference. The speaker is Denysse Guzman, a counselor with the Gulf Coast Center.

The presentation is free and open to the general public.

The presentation is designed for community members as an introduction to self-care planning. The objectives of the presentation are to explore self-care domains and to begin to create a self-care plan.

Guzman is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned an Associate of Science from Galveston College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Her experience includes working with individuals dealing with complex trauma in residential settings following abuse, assault or disaster. She uses a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in working with individuals and groups.

To join the presentation, visit Enter meeting ID 823 2162 2903 and passcode Whitecaps.

Ashley Deck joins Galveston College as Admissions Coordinator

Ashley Deck has been named Admissions Coordinator at Galveston College. Previously, she served as the assistant director of scholarships and recruiting at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

In her new role, Deck is responsible for recruiting, student admissions, customer service, and admissions support services.

Originally from Irving, Deck moved to Galveston to attend Texas A&M University at Galveston, where she graduated with two bachelor’s degrees—one in Marine Biology and another in Marine Fisheries.

Following graduation, she worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and the Northeast.

Deck then moved back to Texas and changed her career direction to higher education. She worked in the Office of Student Enrollment Services at Texas A&M University at Galveston for the past seven years where she had many different roles in admissions, scholarships, and event planning.

“Ashley stood out as the ideal person to coordinate our admissions program at Galveston College,” said Ron Crumedy, Associate Vice President for Student Services. “Her love of Galveston and her track record focused on students and student success are tremendous assets to the college.”

Deck and her husband, Nate, have a two-year-old daughter, Ava. She enjoys reading and going on nature walks.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Galveston College community,” she said. “Everyone has been so welcoming, and I am so happy to be here.”

Elvia Ortiz Segura is New Director of Educational Services at Galveston College

Elvia O. Segura has been named Director of Educational Services at Galveston College, Dr. Cissy Matthews, Vice President of Instruction announced this week. Previously, she served as a student success advisor in the Counseling and Advising Center.

As Director of Educational Services, Segura will be responsible for the development and administration of the dual-credit partnerships with high schools in the college’s service area, as well as the college’s distance-education program.

“We are excited to have Elvia leading our Educational Services programs at Galveston College,” said Dr. Matthews. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience in working with students, faculty and administrators, and will be a great asset to the college in networking with our school districts, students and families in promoting and expanding our Educational Services programs.”

Segura is the only one of five siblings who graduated from college. She gives credit to her father who chose to change his legacy when he decided to move from Mexico to provide a better life for a family he dreamed of having one day.

She was born and raised in south Texas, where she also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University and just started her second year at Abilene Christian University in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education program.

Segura’s career in higher education began 15 years ago at her alma mater, UTPA, as a professional guidance counselor for the Academic Advisement Center. She moved back to the Gulf Coast area in 2009 and worked in the College of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake until late 2012 when she joined Galveston College under a Title V grant. In 2017, she joined the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center team.

Segura said she looks forward to her new journey and aspires to keep making a difference for students, faculty, and the Galveston College community.

“I am very excited to extend my services to the dual-credit and distance-learning students with this new role,” Segura said.

“I also look forward to helping student populations that may have not had the opportunity to take advantage of the dual-credit program or students who may not understand the flexibility online education allows. I am most hopeful to be a voice for racially minoritized students who feel out of the loop but want to get an education.”

Galveston College workforce programs career fair postponed

Out of an abundance of caution and for the well-being of the campus community, a decision has been made to postpone the Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair originally scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

College officials were notified today that a faculty member and a student at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center tested positive for COVID-19. The college is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for institutions of higher education, as well as state and local health and safety recommendations, in its decision making.

The career fair will be rescheduled for a date to be announced in the future.

For more information about the Workforce Programs Career Fair, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at (409) 944-1401 or

Galveston College to host virtual self care and mental health workshops

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a series of virtual health and wellness workshops this summer via Zoom videoconference. The workshops are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public.

July 22, 11 a.m.
“Academic Stress and Mental Health Considerations”
Presenter: Denysse Guzman, LPCA, VOCA Counselor, Gulf Coast Center

This presentation is designed for college-aged students to discuss stresses faced during the semester. The objectives of this training are to identify warning signs of a decrease in mental health, as well as identify coping skills or habits to aid with stress management.
Meeting ID: 823 2162 2903
Passcode: Whitecaps

July 28, 1 p.m.
“Self Care”
Presenter: Denysse Guzman, LPCA, VOCA Counselor, Gulf Coast Center

This presentation is designed for community members as an introduction to self-care planning. The objectives of this presentation are to explore self-care domains and begin to create a self-care plan.
Meeting ID: 838 9594 2757
Passcode: Whitecaps

Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
“Addressing Stigma toward Mental Health”
Presenter: Kristin M. Holt, LCSW, VOCA Counselor, Gulf Coast Center

Individuals are often more comfortable talking about their physical health than their mental health. This discussion is intended for individuals who would like to learn more about how to talk with family members about mental health in a supportive and positive way.
Meeting ID: 851 6323 0797
Passcode: Whitecaps
About the Presenters

Kristin Holt

Kristin Holt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of Galveston County, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Her professional experience includes working with adolescents, engaging special populations via outreach and education, and trauma-focused training to help those with complex grief and bereavement.

Denysse Guzman

Denysse Guzman is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned an Associate of Science from Galveston College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from The University of Houston-Victoria.

Her experience includes working with individuals dealing with complex trauma in residential settings following abuse, assault or disaster. She uses a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in working with individuals and groups.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy accepts applications through July 21

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy will accept applications for admission for 2021-2022 through July 21.

The college’s seventh full-time day program will run Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one semester. Classes begin July 26. Graduation will be in December 2021.

The academy’s 35th evening program will run Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 2. The program runs for two semesters. Graduation is set for May 2022.

More than 450 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join county law enforcement agencies and police departments across Texas.

The 740-hour law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking certification as a Texas peace officer from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE.)

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Crystal Robinson, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or or instructor Bart Stephenson at (409) 944-1263 or

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northen Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Graduates of Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 6D include (front row from left) Wesley Divine, Britnni Love, Meghan Bilbrey and Felicia Barrienties, (back row from left) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andy Duhon, Zachary Williams, Sam Kayal and Crystal Robinson, program director of the Law Enforcement Academy.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 34

Graduates of Class 34 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row from left) Benjamen Cohan, Keren Chapman, Reynol Lopez, Kevin Anderson, Shamael Ruiz, Law Enforcement Academy Program Director Crystal Robinson, (back row) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andrew Moffet, Alyssa Dale, Geria Brown, Johnathan Aucoin, John Perry, Wesley Hurt and instructor Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Fall CE Schedule

Fall 2021 Continuing Education schedule of classes is online

The Galveston College fall 2021 Continuing Education schedule is now online.

Visit to view the course offerings in allied health careers, massage therapy, leisure learning, craft trades, online career training, technology training and more.

A limited number of hard copies is available in the Continuing Education office on the first floor of Moody Hall on the college’s main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

For more information, please contact or call (409) 944-1344.

Need money for college? Galveston College is here to help!

Galveston College’s goal is to never let finances stand in the way of student success. In fact, the Galveston College Financial Aid office has helped thousands of students find resources to pursue their educational and professional goals at no cost to them.

The majority of students at Galveston College qualify for financial aid, and the Financial Aid office provides students with information about the types of financial aid available and how to apply for financial assistance.

“Galveston College does not want finances to be the obstacle to students seeking degrees and classes that count toward a bachelor’s degree or career training for today’s in-demand jobs,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We want students to contact us so we can work with them individually to share information about financial aid options and resources.”

Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, said it’s important for Galveston College to spread the word about financial aid opportunities.

“There are funds out there, and we want to help students receive the assistance they need,” he said. “We have so many scholarships and grants to assist in paying for college. We’re here to help future and current students explore their options.”

Available Funding

Grants are awarded to students with financial need and do not have to be repaid unless a student withdraws from school, stops attending, or owes a refund. There are two types of grants awarded by Galveston College—federal grants and state of Texas grants.

Federal Grants
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to eligible undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need. The actual amount will vary depending on the availability of funds and other financial aid the student is receiving.

Emergency Grants
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Galveston College must pay a certain percentage of those funds to current students in the form of emergency financial grants. Students can apply the funds from emergency grants toward emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), and childcare.

Texas Grants
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a state financial aid program designed to assist students attending state-supported colleges. To be eligible, students must show financial need and make satisfactory academic progress toward their educational goals. The actual amount of the grant will vary depending on the availability of funds at the school, the student’s family financial condition, and other financial aid the student is receiving.

The Texas Education Opportunity Grant (TEOG) was established to assist financially needy students at Texas public two-year colleges. The TEOG is awarded to students in their first 30 hours of their college program who have financial needs and have minimum half-time enrollment.

Galveston College also has secured funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Texas Reskilling Support Program. This program aims to support displaced Texas workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who need to learn new skills or further develop current skills to return to the workforce, as well as Texas students who were previously attending Galveston College for a certificate or degree but have not completed it.

In addition to grants, Texas has a variety of exemptions and waivers. Exemptions are a type of financial assistance that allows some Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees. For more information please check out

Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial needs, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.

Thanks to the generosity of the Galveston Island community, Galveston College has one of the most robust scholarship programs of Texas community colleges.

Universal Access
Universal Access Scholarships are provided by the Galveston College Foundation to ensure that every eligible high school graduate–or equivalent, who resides in the Galveston College taxing district has the opportunity to attend college and receive an associate degree or workforce certificate. These students are not eligible for federal or state funding–often because their income exceeds eligibility limits, yet they still need financial assistance to complete their studies and graduate. For information, visit

Privately Funded and Institutional Scholarships
Galveston College offers a variety of privately funded and institutional scholarships to graduating high school seniors, transfer students, and currently enrolled students. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships have been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor. For a list of these opportunities and application, visit

Emergency Scholarship
The purpose of the Emergency Scholarship is to provide monetary relief to students for unexpected circumstances that may significantly interfere with their ability to attend college. For more information, visit

Military Benefits
Students may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous federal and/or state programs. Student veterans and dependents are encouraged to visit the Veterans Administration education website for the most current information about education benefit programs:

Students loans, unlike grants and work-study, are borrowed funds that must be repaid, with interest. Student loans should be considered only after students have exhausted all avenues for free financial aid such as grants and scholarships. Galveston College participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Federal Direct Loans include Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans.

Laptop Loan Program
A computer is now required for every class at Galveston College; therefore, a laptop loan program has been established to assist students who need off-campus computing resources. For more information about the laptop loan program, click here:

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To maximize their opportunity to receive financial aid for fall 2021, students should complete the Galveston College enrollment process as soon as possible.

To begin the financial aid process, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) on a desktop or laptop at The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is also available on mobile at the myStudentAid app.

Galveston College’s school code is 004972.

Galveston College will use information from the FAFSA to compile a financial aid offer, which may include a combination of grants, loans, and work-study. Remember, federal student aid must be used for school expenses such as tuition, room and board, and books and supplies.

For assistance in completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid office at Galveston College at (409) 944-1235, visit, or email

For information about scholarships, visit the scholarship websites and contact the Financial Aid office at

For more information about Galveston College admissions, visit, call (409) 944-1230, or email

To register for classes, visit the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall, Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or register online via myGC on the Whitecaps portal at

Galveston College Logistics program information session is July 13

Are you interested in being part of one of the largest employment sectors in Texas? Is a career in logistics and supply chain management right for you? Would you like more information about the new associate degree and certificates in logistics at Galveston College?

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend an information session hosted by Galveston College Logistics Program Director John Rydlund on Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in the Galveston College Cheney Student Center Seibel Wing, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Rydland will discuss the job outlook for logistics careers, highlight the program offered at Galveston College and go over important steps to enroll. He also will discuss the dual-credit program offered at Ball High School, share information on important industry certifications and provide insight on career advancement opportunities for those already in the field.

Crucial to the supply chain of any business, logistics involves the timely delivery of freight and goods from one place to another, as well as the unloading and unpacking of this cargo. Whether by land, air or sea, Galveston, Houston and the Gulf Coast region offer an impressive array of logistical and distribution channels to move goods around the country and the world. Houston is also home to the No. 1 foreign trading port in the U.S. by tonnage and the largest container port on the Gulf Coast making this a capital of global trade.

The Galveston College Logistics program covers the foundational areas of logistics and supply chain and develops students’ abilities to think critically and solve real-world problems. Students learn negotiation tactics and receive exposure to supply chain analytics, both desirable skills for employers.

A two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced certificates are available.

For more information, contact Rydlund at (409) 944-1318 or

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

Galveston College ADN program celebrates National Nurses Month with research presentations

Since the founder of modern nursing and social reformer Florence Nightingale appeared in the spotlight, nurses have been celebrated in many different ways during the month of May.

First-year Associate Degree Nursing students at Galveston College once again excelled in the annual research presentation competition during National Nurses Month.

Groups were assigned a topic that allowed for the use of material from class lectures, labs, study resources and nursing research within the last five years.

The students studied evidence-based practice in regard to nutrition and patient-centered care, and they worked in teams to enhance specific skills. This included fostering oral and written communication skills that will be used upon completion of the program and in the real world of nursing.

Those placing in the research competition and their topics included the following:

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

First Place​: “Electrolytes” by Brittany Moran, Jasmin Hernandez Garcia and Priscilla Becerril.

Research Presentation - Second Place

Second Place: “DASH-ing Your Way to a Healthy Heart” by Laura Guerrero and Sarah Cano.

Nursing Research Presentation - Third Place

Third Place: “Cancer Diet” by Preston Huff, Kristina Harclerode and Cheronda Freeman.

Honorable​ Mentions:

Honorable Mention 1

“Eating Disorders” by Margaret Bishop and Megan Minesinger.

Honorable Mention 2

“Tube Feeding” by Mariah Ruiz, Mikaela Vasquez and Imerie Kelley.

Honorable Mention 3

“American Diabetes Association” by Carmen Kiosk, Kinara Gibson Nunes, Brijha Gibson Nunes and Pamela Nigh.