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Classes resume online Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, all Galveston College classes will be online. Galveston College academic and student support services will also be available online, by email and/or by teleconference. All campus facilities will be closed to students and the general public.
Online Instruction
Students should log into their Canvas learning management system daily to check their assignments, grades and communication from instructors. Those who are having trouble accessing Canvas or features within Canvas should reach out to the Distance Education department at for assistance. Please include the following information:
·        Name
·        Phone number
·        Galveston College ID number
·        Description of the issue in Canvas
Replies to questions sent to are sent to the students’ Whitecaps email address.
Students should communicate on a regular basis with their professors as much as needed to ensure that they are aware of any questions, concerns or issues.
Students new the online learning environment should take the Canvas New Student Orientation if they have not done so already. The orientation is a quick and easy way to get familiar with the functions of Canvas. The New Student Orientation is located at the top of the dashboard in the Whitecaps portal.
Whitecaps Email
Galveston College students should check their Whitecaps email several times daily. The College will make official announcements via Whitecaps email first. Students must use their Whitecaps email address to contact Galveston College advisers and staff. For help with email, contact or visit
Library and Learning Resources
Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are accessible online. Students, faculty and staff can access academic eBooks to support curriculum, reference eBooks, leisure eBooks, article databases, eJournals, eMagazines, research guides, video tutorials and eCourse reserves. The library also has a live chat service available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can schedule individual online reference appointments, as well. All virtual services are accessible in one place for students, faculty and staff.
The Distance Education Library Resources Online Guide is designed to help students at a distance or taking online courses locate and use Galveston College library’s online resources and research tools. Students can access the guide at For assistance, contact or view the library’s FAQ page
Remote Student Services
The Galveston College Student Services team is here to help! All incoming calls and messages to Galveston College office numbers will be received via email. Student Services team members have been assigned schedules to monitor and return emails and phone calls.
Please use the following emails to contact campus offices:
Counseling and Advising Center
Financial Aid
Testing Center
Tutoring – Student Success Center
Accessibility/Special Needs
Upward Bound
Building Bridges to Success
Continuing Education
Academic Advising
The Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center will continue to offer academic advising services for students via telephone and email. To schedule an appointment, email . For questions related to a particular program, please reach out to the instructor or the department coordinator for more information.
Accessibility/Special Needs
Galveston College provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Upon presentation of appropriate documentation of a disability, students may be granted reasonable accommodations for their courses. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For questions related to accommodations, contact
Admissions and Registrar
All Admissions office and Registrar’s office services will be offered remotely. This includes transcript requests, registration, transcript evaluations, admissions applications, name change forms, declarations of residency, changes of program, changes of address, degree and certificate applications, appeals, releases of information and enrollment verification requests. For assistance, contact
Building Bridges to Success
Building Bridges to Success team members will reach out to program participants with information on ways to access TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For more information, contact
Financial Aid
All aspects and functions of the Financial Aid Office will remain intact. Financial aid applications will continue to be processed in the same manner as any year. Students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at . For more information and assistance, contact
Student Activities
All student activities and special events have been postponed. Spring semester athletic events have been canceled.
Student Housing
Student housing applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply online, visit . Deposits may be mailed to Galveston College Business Services, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77554 or paid by credit card via telephone at (409) 944-1215. (Please leave a call-back number.)
Galveston College Student Services is working to help find solutions and to assist students who have needs related to computer hardware and internet access. hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, students should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. (It works best if students download the app.) Galveston has a number of hotspots:
Please contact Financial Aid at with your questions if you have questions related to computer hardware and/or internet access needs.
Galveston College has secured a new test-proctoring platform called Respondus , which allows staff to lock down the students’ browsers as they are proctored in a virtual environment to help maintain test integrity. It also allows the College to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students with testing questions should contact
Tutoring Services
Galveston College students will be able to receive tutoring through NetTutor, which is a 24-hour virtual tutoring service available to all students through their Canvas learning management system portals.
Upward Bound
Upward Bound team members will be reaching out to participants regarding remote access to TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For information, contact Priselda Perez at
Veterans Services
The Financial Aid office offers assistance with VA benefits. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods, such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For assistance, contact Nikki Montoya at
Galveston College will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and update the campus community as changes are made.

Galveston College Theatre to showcase Invited Scene at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regionals

A scene from Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Steven Dietz has advanced to Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.

Galveston College was one of only 14 colleges and universities in the five-state region to have Invited Scenes at the festival. Region 6 is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

In addition to the Invited Scene, Galveston College Theatre students Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Bourque and Eva Arita all received Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the state festival.

The KCACTF is a national theater program that works to improve the quality of college theater in the United States through a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The program honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing and design.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre.  KCACTF promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds.  KCACTF honors achievements in diversity and excellence and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.

Above: Galveston College Theatre students Daniel Bourque, Eva Arita and Alyssa Gudz have been recognized with Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The trio starred in Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Stephen Dietz. The production, under the direction of Liz Lacy, program coordinator of Performing Arts at Galveston College, advanced with an Invited Scene at Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.

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Galveston College announces fall 2019 honor students

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for fall 2019 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 337 students.

The three lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade-point averages while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of study.

The President’s List includes students who have a 3.9 semester grade-point average or better. The Vice President’s List includes students who have a grade-point average of 3.6 but less than 3.9. The Dean’s List includes students who have a grade point average of 3.2 but less than 3.6.

Students are listed by designation, state and hometown.

Person First Name Person Last Name Person Address City Person Address State

President’s List


Liam Beaumont, Alvin

Jacob Easley, Alvin

Rene Navarro, Alvin

Vanessa Richardson, Angleton

Karli Newton, Bayou Vista

Jennifer Neisig, Brenham

Mirye An, Carrollton

Bryan Kuhn, Carrollton

Michelle Tomei, Carrollton

Darla Nunez, Dallas

Carnae Dillard, Denton

James Atchley, Dickinson

Robert Sanchez, Fort Worth

Illeana Amaya, Galveston

Hemal Amin, Galveston

Joshua Bailey, Galveston

Eliana Barlow, Galveston

Jose Becerril, Galveston

Lily Benavidez, Galveston

Sierra Benjey, Galveston

Courtney Berry, Galveston

Aaron Bouwkamp, Galveston

Rosie Bui, Galveston

Julie Butler, Galveston

Jessica Castro, Galveston

Larry Chambers, Galveston

Cynthia Christensen, Galveston

Samantha Coffey, Galveston

Isabella Corrales, Galveston

Kodiak Cox, Galveston

Richard Crawford, Galveston

Jose Cuenca Bazan, Galveston

Brittany Diaz, Galveston

Diane Edmonds, Galveston

Robert Ellis, Galveston

Britney Fletcher, Galveston

Mariana Flores Gonzalez, Galveston

Ryan Fullerton, Galveston

Jordan Garcia Covarrubias, Galveston

Dennis Gardner, Galveston

Daniel Golan, Galveston

Vincente Gonzalez, Galveston

Michael Green, Galveston

Tavin Grey, Galveston

Margarita Guerrero, Galveston

Heidi Haglund, Galveston

Brandi Hardeman, Galveston

Luke Havard, Galveston

Ronald Henriquez, Mancia Galveston

Earika Hermann, Galveston

Tyszhe Herron, Galveston

David Iadarola, Galveston

Laura Jimenez, Galveston

Reed Jones, Galveston

Anupama Kandel, Galveston

Roza Kastis, Galveston

Devlyn Mahanay, Galveston

Alexis Makris, Galveston

Richard Mancuso, Galveston

Nataly Mendieta, Rosas Galveston

Kaitlyn Mixon, Galveston

Devonte Moffett, Galveston

Ruben Morales, Galveston

Alec Muniz, Galveston

Ma Noviz Nevarez, Galveston

Jose Olguin Azcona, Galveston

Liliana Oseguera, Galveston

Jake Pritchett, Galveston

Jaime Quintanilla, Galveston

Sophia Ramirez, Galveston

Dario Ramirez Pico, Galveston

Kyra Ramos, Galveston

Brianna Reyes, Galveston

Joel Rivera, Galveston

Fernando Robles, Galveston

Jordan Rocha, Galveston

Jeremy Ross, Galveston

Maggie Rushing, Galveston

Mariana Salinas, Galveston

Elissiana Santiso, Galveston

Marsha Scoggin, Galveston

Julia Sierra, Galveston

Caleb Smith, Galveston

Grace Smith, Galveston

Josalyn Malyce Taylor, Galveston

Abigail Teague, Galveston

Caroline Termini, Galveston

Elizabath Thomas, Galveston

Jonisha Tisino, Galveston

David Ton, Galveston

Jesus Torres, Galveston

Catalina Tovar, Galveston

Alexandra Vasut, Galveston

Julianna Wagner, Galveston

Jaelyn Williams, Galveston

Roshawn Williams, Galveston

Michael Wilson, Galveston

Justin Wood, Galveston

Miguel Yanes, Galveston

Trevor Graham, Hico

Kari Bey, Hitchcock

Valeriia Chukhnenko, Hitchcock

Tracey Johnfroe, Hitchcock

Kristen Alfrey, Houston

Juanita Cantu, Houston

Reah Kelly, Houston

Jordyn Peck, Houston

Ricardo Rivera, Houston

Sylvia Rodriguez, Houston

Steven Yancey, Houston

Nicole Farnham, Kemah

Jason Brown, La Marque

Michele Garza, La Marque

Christian Rodriguez, La Marque

Katelyn Buechter, Lake Jackson

Nicholas Callies, League City

Miranda Fowler, League City

Keith Grumbles, League City

Jaime Lopez, League City

Christina Trevino, League City

Grace Hamilton, Nederland

Cora Harrington, Orange

Sarah Filip, Palacios

Brenna Nguyen, Port Arthur

Brittney Buchanan, Richardson

John Erfe, Richmond

Joshua Graham, San Leon

Mackenzie Dobbs, Santa Fe

Brent Black, Seabrook

Hailey Smith, Spring Branch

Michelle De Salvo, Texas City

Shona Gastian, Texas City

Kyle Griffin, Texas City

Victoran Johnson, Texas City

Tyrone Melanson, Texas City

Hunter Green, Vidor


Brianna Vantrojen, Bremerton

Vice President’s List


Brandi Garza, Alvin

Yeslin Rivas, Bacliff

Mikaela Clark, Beaumont

Yanet Vargas-Rojas, Dallas

Jordan Rasmussen, Dayton

Sarah Jones, De Berry

Abigail Forrest, Dickinson

Jacob Allen, Galveston

Chantelle Anderson, Galveston

Gabriela Bailon, Galveston

Savanna Benjey, Galveston

Michael Brown, Galveston

Jakolby Bryant, Galveston

Ty Burchfield, Galveston

Alexandria Carattini, Galveston

Yaquelin Caro, Galveston

Zeyla Carranza, Galveston

Annmarie Castro, Galveston

Benjamin Coulson, Galveston

Shelby Daues, Galveston

Norman Dorise, Galveston

Jennifer Escalante, Prieto Galveston

Ulises Garcia, Galveston

Kelsey Gaspard, Galveston

Zoe George, Galveston

Natalie Henson, Galveston

Adan Hernandez, Galveston

Cristal Hernandez, Galveston

Brillist Herrera, Galveston

Tobi Holthusen, Galveston

Gabrielle Hosler, Galveston

William Hosler, Galveston

Rawand Hudaifa, Galveston

Ginger Jackson, Galveston

Paula Jackson, Galveston

Noah Jansen, Galveston

James Jobe, Galveston

Aaron Jones, Galveston

Wai Kaung, Galveston

Alexis Lapoint, Galveston

Juan Lara Del Cid, Galveston

Gabriella Lopez, Galveston

Andrea Lopez-Trejo, Galveston

Noemi Mata, Galveston

Andrew Medina, Galveston

Kaylyn Monnell, Galveston

Delaney Murphy, Galveston

Connor Murphy Mauldin, Galveston

Sierra Newell, Galveston

Kayla Olguin, Galveston

Patricia Phol, Galveston

Iliana Pittman, Galveston

Regina Roach, Galveston

Mikaela Rule, Galveston

Jessica Sanchez, Galveston

Cade Sattelmaier, Galveston

Caitlyn Savage, Galveston

Dazjah Shannon, Galveston

Tiffany Sherman, Galveston

Kenneth Simpson, Galveston

Carlisha Sinegaure, Galveston

Alicia Villarreal, Galveston

Marterell Benamon, Garland

Nathaniel Jackson, High Island

Elizabeth Miracle, High Island

Alondra Saucedo, Hitchcock

Jovaunia Smith, Hitchcock

Robert Berger, Houston

Cori Icenhower, Houston

Kenton Taylor, Houston

Stephen Amy, Jamaica Beach

Tanner Evans, Kingwood

Laura Guerrero, La Marque

James Pace, La Marque

Yvonne Shaw, La Marque

Kelsey Bollinger, Lake Jackson

Cindy Bonilla Banegas, League City

Brannen Jones, League City

Corey Lanier, League City

Celene Nunez, League City

Makinzie Romrell, League City

T’yuana Sanders, League City

Kayleigh Deakle, Mont Belvieu

Michael Boyett, Newton

Michael Lee, Orange

Brandi Smith, Pearland

Ashley Honeycutt, Santa Fe

Dylan Whitehurst, Santa Fe

Tamikia Clemons, Texas City

Jeraud Samuels, Texas City

Avery Feagin, Tiki Island

Justin Gentry, West

Dean’s List


Krysten Hurick, Abilene

Angelica Rios, Alvin

Eric Alvarado, Bulverde

Aleka Xayaseng, Call

Zachary Young, Deer Park

Melody Boatman, Dickinson

Lindsay Castro, Dickinson

April Reyes, Dickinson

Jessica Reyes, Dickinson

Josey Rolland, Dickinson

Delaini Daughenbaugh, Flower Mound

Bryan Klemme, Friendswood

Ashley Silvas, Fulshear

Roxana Arrazola, Galveston

Eden Atkinson, Galveston

Chana Baggett, Galveston

Melody Benavides Carreon, Galveston

Richard Beverlin, Galveston

Wyatt Bomberger, Galveston

Stannesha Davis, Galveston

Jacob Flores, Galveston

Ludwika Franco, Galveston

Jonathan Gomez, Galveston

Macy Gutierrez, Galveston

Nieasha Hayes, Galveston

Glenda Hernandez, Galveston

Jose Hernandez, Galveston

Bernardino Hernandez, Estrada Galveston

Brandon Jackson, Galveston

Diya Jaison, Galveston

Cody Jones, Galveston

Kristopher Kuenning, Galveston

Abigail Larios, Galveston

Rosa Marsh, Galveston

Bruno Martinez, Galveston

Roxana Martinez, Galveston

Ramon Martinez-Rodriguez, Galveston

Cecille Maxey, Galveston

William McQuitty, Galveston

Branden Medina, Galveston

Daniela Miskowic-Fajardo, Galveston

Franche Moore, Galveston

Maviridiana Morales, Galveston

Coby Moseley, Galveston

Jamarkis Nwadiei, Galveston

Marco Paessler, Galveston

Isabel Peralta, Galveston

Tyrell Randle, Galveston

James Rodgers, Galveston

Christine Romero, Galveston

Melody Rumion, Galveston

Kimberly Sanchez, Galveston

Ramius Sanchez, Galveston

Andre Sellers, Galveston

Eric Silva, Galveston

Cristina Simon, Galveston

Vividiana Solis, Galveston

Amanda Thomas, Galveston

Jessica Thornton, Galveston

Patrick Unbehagen, Galveston

Gianna Viggiano, Galveston

Jasmian Walker, Galveston

Megan Ward, Galveston

Robert Ward, Galveston

Madison Westhause, Galveston

Sparkle White, Galveston

Brandon Worthen, Galveston

Tailey Wright, Galveston

Macey Impson, Hemphill

Brittney Borden, High Island

Lindsay Miracle, High Island

Destiny Barrientos, Hitchcock

Daniel Bourque, Houston

April Espinoza, Houston

Kiyona Mack, Houston

Sugey Bautista Pacheco, La Marque

Sylvia Perales-Lee, La Marque

Saylaion Dunlap, Lake Jackson

Willis Coleman, League City

Ty Luper, League City

Erik Norred, League City

Danee Plante, League City

Liz Waweru, League City

Brittney Wingate, League City

Odette Lopez, Lufkin

Abby Anderson, Orange

Rachel Andrews, Pasadena

Brandon Trevino, Pasadena

Lea Siltberg, Pflugerville

Leslie Fonseca, Port Arthur

Vincent Havens, Port Bolivar

Cali Sundseth, Port Bolivar

Michael Tovar, Port Bolivar

Koby Dutka, Richmond

James Shaver, Santa Fe

Jean Sheppard, Santa Fe

Vanessa Stilwell, Santa Fe

Sydnye Cromwell, Spring

Jenny Liu, Sugar Land

Briana Carter, Texas City

Katina Frank, Texas City

Bethany Maness, Texas City

Andres Ramos, Texas City

Citlalli Ramos, Texas City

Alexis Vela, Texas City

Raylene Zaragoza, Texas City


Chaesten Chon, Pearl City


Chesni Jones, Sulphur


DAR offers scholarships for students

The George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Galveston, Texas, invites Galveston College students to apply for scholarships offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States to apply for a scholarship offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.  Applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, applicants may want to reach out to the George Washington Chapter for help with their applications.

For more information, contact Meghann Nash in the Galveston College Financial Aid office at Deadline for applications is midnight on February 15, 2020?

Visit the DAR website for a list of scholarships

Galveston College graduate finds new code to success

Last August, Galveston College student Jason Nichols, of Galveston, set a goal to earn a Level One Medical Coding Certificate. He realized this would mean registering for 15 rigorous credit hours each semester and that those classes were only offered in the evening. He worked as an Office Depot sales consultant during the day and then transformed into a Galveston College student as the sun began to set. He attended class two to three nights weekly for two semesters.
Some nights Nichols took two consecutive classes, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and remained in the class until the second class ended after 9 p.m. Not only did he successfully earn 15 credit hours each semester, he did it with excellence and was placed on the Vice President’s List two consecutive semesters with a 3.6 grade-point average.
As Nichols worked to complete requirements for the second semester, he set a second goal to prepare and take the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) certification exam. He took the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and passed the challenging test in May 2019. With these two major accomplishments under his belt, he created a resume and applied for a medical coding position at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.
Nichols was selected for the position and is currently employed as a revenue cycle coder at UTMB. His professor, Donna Swartz, said Nichols made himself a very strong candidate by earning the certificate and coupling it with passing the AAPC CPC exam.
Nichols is currently coding for community-based family medicine and general practice outpatient clinics and has found the work extremely interesting and rewarding. He was recently elected secretary of the Galveston chapter of the AAPC.
Hamshire-Fannet Dual-Credit Students

Hamshire-Fannett dual-credit students visit Galveston College

Dual-credit students from Hamshire-Fannett High School visited the Galveston College campus Friday, Aug. 23, to meet with faculty and staff and to tour the college.

The day began with a pep rally hosted by Educational Services, Admissions, Student Activities and Public Affairs. The students received goodie bags, did the Whitecaps Wave and took group photos in Seibel Wing and at the beacon.

Students met with Joseph Bernard, director of educational services, and faculty members Elizabeth Tapp, Shelly Downes, Dr. Regina Durante, Janene Davison and Dr. Larry Blomstedt for general information sessions and programs on “Turnitin and Plagiarism” and “Professional Communication.”

Dr. LaToya Mills, Priscilla Culver and Diego Turrubiartes provided tours of the campus. Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski provided media support.

Galveston College Transfer Signing at UHD

Galveston College, UHD sign articulation agreement

The University of Houston-Downtown and Galveston College have pledged their support to students earning their associate degrees and ultimately Finishing UHD Strong.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD president, put their pens to paper on March 19 to sign an articulation agreement focused on student success. This pact commits both institutions to creating seamless pathways for Galveston College students seeking to transfer to UHD; providing resources such as degree maps and cooperative advising; offering joint admissions, and data sharing.

The signing was conducted at UHD. Arriving with Dr. Shelton was Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. In addition to President Muñoz, UHD representatives included Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost; Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar; and Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs.

“This signing is a first step. Both UHD and Galveston College will work together to support students and ensure they complete their degrees on time and without excess debt or credit hours,” Dr. Muñoz said.

“I look forward to working with UHD on this great partnership and helping our students succeed,” Dr. Shelton responded.

This agreement will support seamless transfers from Galveston College to UHD, as well as reverse transfers (transferring university credits back to a community college to earn associate degrees).

It also promotes data sharing between the institutions to provide students with information regarding transfer processes, financial aid, degree programs and degree completion.

And, to further ease the transition from an associate-degree program to bachelor’s track, both UHD and Galveston College will partner on joint admissions allowing students to co-enroll at both institutions. Likewise, students will benefit from cooperative advising in which students can receive specific guidance using degree maps to effectively direct them toward the right courses for selected degree programs.

The UHD-Galveston College partnership supports Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative and fulfills the goals of the 60x30TX plan of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, whose overall goal is to have at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 complete a technical certificate or degree by 2030.

Led by the University of Houston, Houston GPS includes Houston and Gulf Coast area institutions working together to create an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies designed to increase and accelerate student completion and a smooth two-year to four-year college transfer process while improving educational quality for Houston-area students, ultimately saving students time and money.


Above: Dr. W. Myles Shelton (right), Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, University of Houston-Downtown president, sign an articulation agreement March 19, along with (back row from left) Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar at UHD; Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs at UHD; Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost at UHD; and Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. Courtesy UHD

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.

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