Category: Academic

Carmen Kosinski

Galveston College Nursing students volunteer at mass vaccination clinic

Galveston College Nursing students are obtaining extremely valuable clinical experience this semester assisting the Galveston County Health Department and UTMB Health in administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the county’s drive-through mass vaccination clinic coordinated by the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management and the Office of County Judge Mark Henry at Walter Hall Park in League City.

On Feb. 3, students in Associate Degree Nursing Instructor and Simulation Lab Coordinator Joan Moss, RN, MSN, CHSE’s class volunteered at the clinic.

On Feb. 5, students in Jeff Eubank, RN, MSN’s ADN class volunteered.

The students will continue to volunteer throughout the semester.

Above: Galveston College Nursing student Carmen Kosinski administers a vaccination at the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management mass vaccination clinic in League City.

Galveston College promotes Dr. Arlinda Washington to professor of Nursing

Dr. Arlinda Washington has been promoted to professor of Nursing at Galveston College. The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents approved Dr. Washington’s promotion at its Jan. 13 regular meeting.

Dr. Washington is celebrating more than half a century of dedication, leadership, teaching, compassion and service as a nurse, nurse educator and nursing professional.

Dr. Washington graduated from Alvin Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in August 1971. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1973. She served as a nursing supervisor and head nurse at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City from 1972 to 1983.

From 1983 to 1989, she served as a staff nurse and head nurse at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Portland in 1987. From 1989 to 1991, she taught nursing at Yakima Valley Community College.

She returned to Texas in 1991 and served as a professor in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at College of the Mainland in Texas City and as a staff nurse at Mainland Medical Center.

Dr. Washington joined the Galveston College family as an adjunct professor in July 2010 and came on board as a full-time faculty member in 2013. In 2017, she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Dr. Washington said it is important for her to be a role model to her students and other nurse educators and nursing professionals.

“I am a lifelong learner. I have a strong passion for learning and paying it forward,” she said. “Standing in solidarity with thousands of other nurses, students and nurses that I have taught, I realize how blessed I am to call myself a nurse, a teacher and now a nursing professional.”

Galveston College is truly blessed to have Dr. Washington on its faculty.

Programs and Courses Conference at Galveston College

Galveston College sets 2021 Programs and Careers Conference

How will you choose a career that’s right for you?

Galveston College wants to help you answer that question at the 2021 Programs and Careers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:15 a.m. via Zoom webinar.

High school and college students, as well as the general public, are invited to join Galveston College faculty, staff and administration for an informative free webinar on academic programs that can lead to rewarding careers.

Participants will gain insight on industry employment trends, choosing the right career and developing a career pathway. Galveston College staff also will present information on the STEM Honors Program, study-abroad opportunities, college admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as options for student housing.

Galveston College offers certificates, Associate of Applied Science degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and transfer degree options in high-demand fields.

For more information about the conference, please contact Priselda Perez at

Click here to register for the free webinar:

Galveston College Library celebrates Black History Month with library guide, display and more

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Over the years timeless effort has gone into preserving Black history. There is an infinite number of resources and contributions that preserve and capture notable events and artifacts in Black history.

The Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library Black History Month Library Guide captures some of the notable times in history through shared experiences, artifacts, primary sources and relentless work from Black revolutionaries who thrive to continue to educate society by continuing to keep the movement alive.

Join the library in celebrating Black History Month:

–Start Black History Month Research at GC Library–View the Black History Month Library Guide
–Stop by for a photo op with a life-size display featuring Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., the 44th–President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris
–Find print and eBooks
–Find streaming media and more…
–Take the Black History Month LibGuide Quiz to be entered into a drawing for a library swag item!

Stay tuned for additional announcements this month about Black History Month at the Galveston College Library.

Galveston College Beacon at Sunset

Galveston College announces fall 2020 honors lists

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for fall 2020 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 406 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.

President’s List


Ryan Blackwell, Alvin

Tamara Foster, Angleton

Sarah Davis, Baytown

Hallie Gloor, Blanco

Hortance Stevenson, Cedar Hill

Evan Cameron, Conroe

Jeremy Davis, Crosby

Jordan Rasmussen, Dayton

Zachary Young, Deer Park

Joseph Cazares, Dickinson

Nicholas Cortinas, Dickinson

Clay Hunker, Dickinson

Manuel Martinez, Dickinson

Sarah Niccum, Dickinson

Fabian Rodriguez, Dickinson

Theresa Stanford, Dickinson

Makinzie Tomascik, Franklin

Michael Faber, Friendswood

Dora Martinez-Ruiz, Friendswood

Jasmine Mata, Friendswood

Holly Agee, Galveston

Katherine Albares, Galveston

Samantha Alcocer, Galveston

Hemal Amin, Galveston

Gabriela Bailon, Galveston

Kelsey Barillas, Galveston

Eliana Barlow, Galveston

Olivia Baze, Galveston

Lauren Beall, Galveston

Ameerah Ben-Aissa, Galveston

Lea Benavides, Galveston

Caitlin Brewer, Galveston

Eva Bui, Galveston

Alejandro Casillas, Galveston

Leslie Castillo, Galveston

William Clore, Galveston

Aaron Correa, Galveston

Richard Crawford, Galveston

Brooke Cromie, Galveston

Bailey Daniel, Galveston

Ronaldo De la Garza, Galveston

Brittany Diaz, Galveston

Svitlana Domingo, Galveston

Caffery Eli, Galveston

Maggie Farmer, Galveston

Creed Fisher, Galveston

Oscar Fuentes, Galveston

Sara Gabriel, Galveston

Carrie Garcia, Galveston

Claira Garcia, Galveston

Maria Garcia, Galveston

Constance Gonzales, Galveston

Trevor Grace, Galveston

David Griffin, Galveston

Eusebio Guerra, Galveston

Amie Guidry, Galveston

Curtis Gundrum, Galveston

Luke Havard, Galveston

Chet Henry, Galveston

Jillian Hester, Galveston

Sofia Ixcotoyac, Galveston

Ginger Jackson, Galveston

Paula Jackson, Galveston

Noah Jansen, Galveston

Dominique Jordan, Galveston

Anupama Kandel, Galveston

William Kanost, Galveston

Roza Kastis, Galveston

Alexis Labao, Galveston

Katy Lackey, Galveston

Jessica Lawson, Galveston

William Livanec, Galveston

Kaleyah Malveaux, Galveston

Natalia Martinez, Galveston

Diana Martinez Rodriguez, Galveston

Cecille Maxey, Galveston

Mandy McDaniel, Galveston

Maybelline Medrano, Galveston

Mary Moore, Galveston

Ma Noviz Nevarez, Galveston

Kelly Nicholas, Galveston

Zoe Overton, Galveston

Patricia Phol, Galveston

Kate Ramos, Galveston

Kyra Ramos, Galveston

Yasmine Rawas, Galveston

Miguel Rodriguez, Galveston

Christine Salinas, Galveston

Gerardo Santos, Galveston

Marsha Scoggin, Galveston

Noa Seigel, Galveston

Tiffany Sherman, Galveston

Renard Simmons, Galveston

Jully Singh, Galveston

Jacob Strueby, Galveston

Joseph Terrell, Galveston

Anakin Thacker, Galveston

Catalina Tovar, Galveston

Katherine Walker, Galveston

Sparkle White, Galveston

Christopher Wilson, Galveston

Jayme Yeager, Galveston

Nathan Zecco, Galveston

Graciela Neff, Galvestoon

Amy Meyer, Helotes

Audrey Moody, Hitchcock

Darian Prefontaine, Hitchcock

Travon Brown, Houston

Phuonganh Nguyen, Houston

Ikechukwu Okafor, Houston

Santos Rivas, Houston

Thomas Phelan, Jamaica Beach

Enrique Franco, Katy

Zubair Mir, Katy

Brenda Trejo, Kemah

Breanne Butcher, Kountze

Amita Karsen, Kyle

Jessica Curtis, La Marque

Michele Garza, La Marque

Sylvia Perales-Lee, La Marque

Michael Worthy, La Marque

Annika Anderson, League City

Jeeshia Bacarinas Selerio, League City

Jonathan Daniel, League City

Clay Erwin, League City

Corey Lanier, League City

Robert Reeves, League City

Santosh Soule, League City

Dana Holst, Liberty

Erynne Johnson, Liberty

John Hamilton, Liberty Hill

Odette Lopez, Lufkin

Lacey Moton, Nederland

Jason Dyess, Paris

Marisa Velasquez, Pearland

Kendall Florence, Port Bolivar

Everett Williams, Port Bolivar

Jeremy Ross, Rosharon

Wendy Ormand, San Antonio

Robert Preshong, San Antonio

Jared Dornak, Santa Fe

Bret Martin, Santa Fe

Elizabeth Pizzitola, Santa Fe

Megan Crowel, Splendora

Jeryn Baldwin, Texas City

Jodie Chapman, Texas City

Michelle De Salvo, Texas City

David Gage, Texas City

Karina Gonzalez, Texas City

Jacqueline Lawrence, Texas City

Matthew McDaniel, Texas City

Olena Reading, Texas City

Tracy Rios, Texas City

Hunter Green, Vidor

Tionna Gibson, Webster

Amber Alexander, Whitehouse


Charles Jenness, Brookline

New Hampshire

Lazer Axelman, Hooksett


Kaila Lay Port, Orchard

Vice President’s List


Shelli Darnell, Alvin

Johnny Davis, Alvin

Angelica Rios, Alvin

Megan Diaz, Beeville

Cassie Sartain, Brazoria

Aspyn Grossman, Bullard

Connor Dunham, Dayton

Yahaira Jones, Dickinson

Brandon Quinonez, Dickinson

Avorie Williams, Dickinson

Wendy Jardine, Freeport

Dennis Acosta, Galveston

Dazlin Allen, Galveston

Rohan Balasubramanian, Galveston

Daniela Barragan, Galveston

Samuel Bell, Galveston

Mary Breitbach, Galveston

Kathleen Bromley, Galveston

Oscar Carrillo, Galveston

Alexis Cermeno, Galveston

Basel Chreidi, Galveston

Leira Clinton, Galveston

Kodiak Cox, Galveston

Jamari Crooks, Galveston

Grant Davison, Galveston

Joelleryan Dondonay, Galveston

Markeisha Dumas, Galveston

Dayana Enamorado, Galveston

Britney Fletcher, Galveston

Anais Franco, Galveston

Maria Fuentes, Galveston

David Garcia, Galveston

Tyler Garcia, Galveston

Nicky Giron, Galveston

Jackson Glenn, Galveston

Mason Glidewell, Galveston

Braden Hebert, Galveston

Jorge Hernandez, Galveston

Bernardino Hernandez Estrada, Galveston

Mariella Huerta, Galveston

Audrey Johnson, Galveston

Dausen Kuypers, Galveston

Selso Loubet, Galveston

Richard Mancuso, Galveston

Lilia Martinez Pompa, Galveston

Noemi Mata, Galveston

Aaron Moser, Galveston

Alec Muniz, Galveston

Kayla Murray, Galveston

Sarah Nonmacher, Galveston

Wyatt Petersen, Galveston

Abigayle Pruns, Galveston

Melody Rumion, Galveston

Jaime Saenz, Galveston

Hannah Sendejas, Galveston

Dazjah Shannon, Galveston

Raoul Simmons, Galveston

Caleb Smith, Galveston

Vividiana Solis, Galveston

Elahe Tabibzadegan, Galveston

Elizabath Thomas, Galveston

Alanicesia Vanhorne, Galveston

Ter’nique Wells-Webb, Galveston

Jacob Wenzel, Galveston

Bailey Westhause, Galveston

Desmond Wheeler-Martinez, Galveston

Savannah Wilkinson, Galveston

Jaelyn Williams, Galveston

Angelina Woods, Galveston

Riley Wusk, Galveston

John Yeager, Galveston

Leticia Flores, Hitchcock

Marisa Reyes, Hitchcock

Sarah Reyna, Hitchcock

Bailey Groom, Hooks

Chasity Kambitsch, Houston

Michael Nguyen, Houston

Clayton Young, Humble

Madeline Knapp, Huntsville

Samantha Fremin, Katy

Pablo Carcano Martinez, La Marque

Ashley Hicok, La Marque

Julianne Jones, La Marque

Shanikqua Miller, La Marque

Waylin Wells, La Marque

Blake Garrison, League City

Celene Nunez, League City

Brittney Wingate, League City

Christina Trevino, League City

Haley Henderson, Leander

Flash Rainey, Odessa

Madison Murdock, Orange

Tyran Norris, Pearland

Savannah Robisheaux, Pearland

Adam Jacobsen, Richmond

Trystyn Matthew Cline, Rosharon

Deborah Stricklind, Santa Fe

Dylan Whitehurst, Santa Fe

Arce Cisneros, Texas City

Trayvon Cotton, Texas City

Taylor McDaniel, Texas City

Angela Onofre, Texas City

Gary Riggs, Texas City

Jeraud Samuels, Texas City

Shmarrion Williams, Texas City

Latoishia Smith, Woodway

New York

Jake Murciano, Roslyn

Dean’ List


Krysten Hurick, Abilene

Kaitlyn Kincaide, Alvin

Conny Navarrete, Angleton

Valeria Oliden, Angleton

Morgan Ambler, Austin

Patrick Dubourdieu, Bay City

Natasha Aiken, Baytown

Sarah Wingate, Baytown

Kirk Schiesler, Beaumont

Caitlin Denison, Bridge City

Richard Lilljedahl, Buda

Joseph George, Carrollton

Matthew Perez, Channelview

Connor Kaiser, College Station

Harlee Haag, Colorado City

Olivia Yargo, Cypress

Tammy Walker, Deer Park

Andrew Albright, Friendswood

Joseph Alexander, Galveston

Daniela Alvarado Carballo, Galveston

Chantelle Anderson, Galveston

Giuliana Araujo, Galveston

Priscilla Arellano, Galveston

Josue Ayala, Galveston

Joseph Baker-Scott, Galveston

Victor Benavides, Galveston

Alexandra Benitez Briseno, Galveston

Jakolby Bryant, Galveston

Corina Chavez, Galveston

Sarina Contreras, Galveston

Jayce Courville, Galveston

Copley Davis, Galveston

Zachary Dean, Galveston

Sysco Delacruz, Galveston

Alyssa Dill, Galveston

Kurt Dillon, Galveston

Jolie Edwards, Galveston

Ethan Fox, Galveston

Brayan Garay, Galveston

Brijha Gibson Nunes, Galveston

Kinara Cali Gibson Nunes, Galveston

Azucena Gonzalez Garcia, Galveston

Barbara Harbaugh, Galveston

Madeline Haver, Galveston

Angelique Hernandez, Galveston

Lindsey Hernandez, Galveston

Sebastian Hernandez, Galveston

Rory Hinton, Galveston

Edward Hoffman, Galveston

Reagen Isbell, Galveston

Alana Jones, Galveston

Dillon Jones, Galveston

Kristin Kaufman, Galveston

Alejandro Lopez, Galveston

Mary Lopez, Galveston

Brielen Martin, Galveston

Kamille Martinez, Galveston

Karla Martinez, Galveston

Roxana Martinez, Galveston

Shannon Mathers, Galveston

Branden Medina, Galveston

James Mellen, Galveston

Johnathan Mendoza, Galveston

Ruby Morgan, Galveston

Allan Mungarro, Galveston

Princess Musick, Galveston

Reece Ogden, Galveston

Kiara Ortiz, Galveston

Yohalma Ortiz, Galveston

Gabriel Pinto, Galveston

Tyler Pothos, Galveston

Michael Rabinowitz, Galveston

Yeison Ramirez, Galveston

Isabel Ramos, Galveston

Tyrell Randle, Galveston

Matthew Reed, Galveston

Sienna Reeves, Galveston

Noel Reyes, Galveston

Austin Roche, Galveston

Bryan Rodriguez, Galveston

Karalynn Salva, Galveston

Jimena Sanchez, Galveston

Cade Sattelmaier, Galveston

Ramiro Silva, Galveston

Stephanie Simmons, Galveston

Grace Smith, Galveston

Trinity Smith, Galveston

Natalie Stewart, Galveston

Joanna Strueby, Galveston

Amanda Thomas, Galveston

Jose Tovar, Galveston

Michael Varela, Galveston

Aldo Vazquez, Galveston

Joshua Ward, Galveston

Erica Washington, Galveston

Valerie Wilmeth, Galveston

Lanetra Woods, Galveston

Sheree Smith, Hitchcock

Dorion Alcantar, Houston

Monica Caballero Rey, Houston

Alyssa Castellano, Houston

Damian Ebirim, Houston

Dalila Elhamdi, Katy

Connor Tinsley, Katy

Tanner Evans, Kingwood

Maritchie Arriaga, La Marque

Tanner Maughan, La Marque

Yvonne Shaw, La Marque

Shakella Steen-Woods, La Marque

Myles Anderson, League City

Chasity George, League City

Kristen Hartwell, League City

Ty Luper, League City

Brett Meyer, Leander

Lauren Vacker, Lumberton

Abby Anderson, Orange

Brandon Trevino, Pasadena

Scottlyn Goodmanson, Pirates Beach

Isaac Oden, Plano

Jada Nolasco, Port Bolivar

Chanda Ybarra Hendricks, San Leon

Jarren Guerra, Santa Fe

Christopher Paxton, Seabrook

Amanda Rodriguez, South Houston

Anabella Valadez, South Houston

Bianca Guardian, Sweeny

Angela Cantu, Texas City

Alexis Gallardo, Texas City

Ryesha Gipson, Texas City

Chazmond Oaks, Texas City

Chelsea Simmons, Texas City

Ashley Trahan, Texas City

Ledreya Washington, Texas City

Celeste Watkins, Texas City

Madeline Locke, The Woodland

Jennifer Gilbreth, Webster


Kenna Skepnek, Algonquin


Jamison Hughes, Indiana


Naomi Reece, Cheyenne


Joshua Meyer, Carnegie, Victoria

2020 BAS HM Graduates

Historic milestone: 13 students receive bachelor’s degrees from Galveston College

In a first for Galveston County, 13 Galveston College students made history in December as the first graduates to receive Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management degrees from their local community college – Galveston College.

The students also were the first students ever to receive bachelor’s degrees from Galveston College, which before 2019 offered only two-year associate degrees and technical and professional certificates.

“The future is bright for the class of 2020,” said Dr. Tirizia York, program director. “I was honored to be a part of their educational journey, and I know they will use the leadership skills gained in the program to make a difference in the field of healthcare management.”

Class of 2020 graduates included Hemal Amin, Gabriela Bailon, Brittany Diaz, Ginger Jackson, Roza Kastis, Patricia Phol, Marsha Scoggin, Tiffany Sherman and Catalina Tovar, all of Galveston; Michele Garza and Yvonne Shaw, both of La Marque; Jeremy Ross of Rosharon; and Christina Trevino of League City.

“We are so proud to have our first cohort of students graduating with their Bachelor of Applied Science degrees,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction. “These students were able to balance responsibilities they have for home and work while completing this rigorous curriculum. I know their hard work and determination will pay off as they take on future leadership roles within the healthcare industry.”

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 students took a blend of online and on-campus classes.

“I enjoyed being in the program, and I feel that I learned a lot throughout the courses I took,” said Roza Kastis of Galveston. “Prior to this program, writing papers had been a challenge for me; however, the BAS program strengthened my ability to write effective reports pertaining to healthcare management. My instructor, Dr. York, was very helpful and responded quickly to emails if I had a question. Overall, this experience enhanced my growth and my intellectual skills.”

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 launched the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management in fall 2019 and plans to add the Bachelor of Science in Nursing soon.

“The bachelor’s degrees we are offering 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 where 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.”

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.

“These graduates are a testimony to the need for affordable bachelor’s degrees offered close to home, work and family,” Dr. Shelton said. “We are very proud of their achievements and wish them the best as they continue their careers and future educational pursuits.”

2021 Spring Registration at Galveston College

Spring registration is Jan. 11-13

General registration for the spring 2021 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 11 -13, in Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Returning students can register on their Whitecaps portal at To view the spring 2021 schedule of classes, please visit

Students have five course-delivery options that fit their preferred learning styles and comfort levels: 

  • face-to-face instruction,
  • hybrid synchronous (a combination of face-to-face and Zoom meetings),
  • hybrid asynchronous (a combination of face-to-face and traditional online instruction),
  • online synchronous via Zoom,
  • traditional online internet instruction, or
  • a combination of the options.

 Not all classes are offered in all course-delivery methods. 

To meet with an adviser, contact the Counseling and Advising Center at or schedule an appointment on the QLess app on a mobile phone or on the kiosks in Moody Hall to avoid the wait. 

Financial aid and Galveston College scholarships are available. Contact the Galveston College Financial Aid office at or visit for information. 

For more information on admission to Galveston College, write to For information on registration, call (409) 944-4242 or email

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival recognizes Galveston College Theatre department

The Galveston College Theatre department’s fall production of “The Invisible Man” has advanced to Region VI of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Galveston College’s production is one of only 11 productions from colleges and universities throughout a five-state region that have been invited to be presented at KCACTF Region VI Festival 54, which will be produced virtually in February 2021.
Galveston College Theatre company members also were notified by representatives from the KCACTF Region VI Committee in late November of a number of recognitions.

Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque and Alyssa Gudz each received an award for Meritorious Achievement in Acting for their performances. Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts Liz Lacy received a Meritorious Achievement award for Excellence in Direction. Additional outstanding company members include Dorion Alcantar, Elijah Barrie and Benji Shelton.

Adapted by John de Lancie from the script by Nat Segaloff and John de Lancie, “The Invisible Man” is described by author H.G. Wells as “a grotesque romance.” It remains as remarkable and frightening today as it was upon its publication over a hundred years ago.


The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region VI Theatre Festival includes colleges and universities within Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The KCACTF 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: Cast members Benji Shelton and Dorian Alcantar rehearse for Galveston College Theatre’s recent virtual production of the classic science fiction radio drama, “The Invisible Man.” The production has advanced to the regional competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Seven Galveston College Quickstart+ HVAC-R students pass Universal Section 608 certification exam

Seven Galveston College Quickstart+ students recently passed the Universal Section 608 Certification exam following an intensive eight-week training program in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R).

Section 608 of the Clean Air Act requires that all persons who maintain, service, repair or dispose of appliances that contain regulated substances be certified in proper refrigerant handling techniques.

Instructor Karen Alsept said this is the largest Quickstart+ student group to pass the Universal Section 608 exam in the three-year history of the training program.
“Our instructor, Karen Alsept, welcomed 13 students into the classroom Sept. 21, where they received a mixture of online and face-to-face instruction,” said Sharon Pagan, grant navigator for Quickstart+.

“Classes met Mondays through Thursdays for five hours each night, and students completed classes in Shop Practices and Tools, Basic Electrical for HVAC, Refrigeration Principles, OSHA 10 Construction and Professional Behaviors.”

Over the course of instruction, students had the opportunity to complete an eight-module National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) core curriculum, as well as the 10-hour Construction Safety and Health Certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Quickstart+ program also provided Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program study guides to help students become knowledgeable about Section 608 environmental issues with regard to the proper handling of refrigerants.

Seven of the 13 HVAC-R students paid to take the national exam through the ESCO Institute in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. To earn Universal certification, HVAC-R students had to demonstrate proficiency in the NCCER Core Curriculum, Type I, Type II and Type III certification requirements.

Those earning certifications included John Bertolino, Michael Busby, Oscar Franco, Justin Hulsey, Kendall Merriweather, Randy Ramirez and Rodrigo Sanchez.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, the Quickstart+ programs at Galveston College are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students are presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

For more information, please contact Sharon Pagan at The next classes begin in February.

Galveston College Theatre opens 2020-2021 season with H.G. Wells’ ‘The Invisible Man’

“And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man—the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none.” — H.G. Wells, “The Invisible Man”

The Galveston College Theatre Department will kick off its 2020-2021 season with the classic science fiction radio drama, “The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells and adapted by John de Lancie from the script by Nat Segaloff and John de Lancie.

Show dates and times are Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. 

Please contact director Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts, via email at with preferred performance date(s). A link to listen to the requested performance of this radio audio drama will be emailed by Thursday, Nov. 12, at 10 p.m.

Described by H.G. Wells as “a grotesque romance,” “The Invisible Man” remains as remarkable and frightening today as it was upon its publication over a hundred years ago. This thrilling adaptation by John de Lancie brings one of H.G. Wells’ most terrifying characters to life with the power of imagination in the style of a classic radio drama.

The story begins on a bitter winter evening, when a mysterious stranger arrives in the remote English village of Iping in the dead of winter, his face swaddled in bandages. The stranger is Griffin, a scientist who has discovered the secret to invisibility but cannot find a way to reverse it. Freed from the constraints of physicality and rejected by a society that fears him, Griffin descends into madness, violence and brutality.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Benji Shelton. “The Invisible Man” is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts Liz Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or