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Galveston College announces plans for fall 2020 semester

Galveston College officials have shared plans for the fall 2020 semester that include a creative blend of online and in-person classes adapted to COVID-19 social distancing and other health and safety requirements.

Students will be able to choose from five options that fit their preferred learning style and comfort level:

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

The course options will be outlined in the revised schedule of classes, which will be available on Monday, July 20.

Students who choose in-person instruction will experience smaller classes with limited occupancy. The class schedule will be altered to extend the period between classes. All face-to-face classes will be prepared to move online completely in the event that health and safety concerns make it necessary.

“Over the last several months, our lives and the world we live in have changed in many ways, and probably in ways that we do not yet understand,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “In these times, we want to make an extra effort to ensure that while we are working to provide high-quality learning experiences for each and every student that we also, as our top priority, are working to protect the health and wellbeing of each member of our college family and our college community during this pandemic.”

Per local, state and federal health and safety guidelines, new safety protocols have been implemented for all Galveston College locations, including the use of face masks or facial coverings, screening for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms, social distancing and additional sanitizer stations on campus.

Beginning with the fall 2020 semester, all Galveston College students will be expected to have a computer for their classes. Financial aid recipients may be eligible for funding to cover this purchase. Other students may have access to emergency aid or the college’s student computer loan program.

Advising and counseling, tutoring and academic assistance, testing services, admission and registration services, financial aid services, library and learning resources, and cashiering/business office services will be offered online and in-person with rotating staffing.

Virtual and/or in-person recreational activities and student life will be available. All events will require pre-registration and the recording of participant attendance.

Plans are being developed to offer student housing during the 2020-2021 academic year. As soon as guidelines are finalized, they will be posted on the Galveston College website at

Foodservice/dining hall seating capacity has been rearranged and expanded to encourage social distancing. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottle or container to campus, as water fountains are temporarily closed.

Plans are underway to offer Galveston College Whitecaps athletics conducted in accordance with the health and safety protocols and guidelines of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Additional information will be available on the Galveston College website at as soon as it becomes available.

The Hermes Fitness Center will reopen to registered physical education students and student-athletes on Aug. 31. The college will follow state and local guidelines regarding the use of a gym, fitness center, and other workout and training facilities.

All college travel is suspended for fall 2020 unless it is mission-critical or health-related.

For a copy of Galveston College – Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations, visit

Board of Regents waives distance education fee for summer classes

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday voted to waive the $35 distance education fee for all internet courses for summer 2020 sessions.

Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, said all students would be exempt from paying the fee because all summer classes, with the exception of some technical courses, will be taught online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The board also set room and board fees for 2020-2021 at $1,500 per semester or $3,000 annually for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Residences, the Whitecaps Apartments and Avenue Q ½ housing and at $1,350 per semester or $2,700 annually for housing on Avenue R.

Board is set at $1,812 per semester or $3,624 annually plus tax for a 14-meal a week plan, which includes “Dining Bucks” that can be used to purchase bottled drinks, bagged chips and candies.

Regents approved Lagniappe Dining Service as the campus dining service provider, authorizing a contract that will run from June 1 through May 31, 2022.

In other business, the board ratified a Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding agreement for emergency financial aid to students. Federal funding in the amount of $606,113 will be used to provide direct aid to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Meghann Nash, director of financial aid, told board members that approximately 320 Galveston College students had applied for CARES Act funding as of May 11. She said the students are able to use the funds for eligible expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

The board also ratified a CARES Act funding agreement for $606,113 in emergency funding for institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, as well as $76,677 in emergency relief funds awarded to the college as a minority-serving institution with both Title III and Title V grants.

The board approved instructional agreements for dual-credit and early-admissions enrollment classes for the 2020-21 academic year with the Galveston Independent School District, O’Connell College Preparatory School, Odyssey Academy and Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District.

Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the college president, administered the oath of office to Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., Regent Michael B. Hughes, Regent Carroll G. Sunseri and Regent Mary R. Longoria, who were re-elected to fill their positions on the board.

The board also re-elected Regent Karen F. Flowers, chair; Regent Fred D. Rasche, vice chair, and Regent Hughes, secretary, to serve for the 2020-2022 term.

In other business, board members:

• appointed Regent Rebecca Trout Unbehagen as voting delegate and Regent Longoria as alternate voting delegate to the Community College Association of Texas Trustees 2020 Annual Conference.
• approved the reappointment of full-time faculty for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
• extended the college’s bank depository contract with Moody National Bank through August 31, 2022.
• approved an agreement with The University of Texas Medical Branch to provide UTMB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery program residents the opportunity to provide collegiate team sports coverage under the supervision of faculty.
• approved the purchase of mobile workstations and desktop computers for faculty and staff at a cost of $161,875.26.
• approved a proposal to repair equipment in the college’s Information Technology server room at a cost of $80,885.59.
• approved the purchase of audio/visual equipment for the main campus at a cost of $57,135.58.
• approved the purchase of tablets for staff at a cost of $3,480.
• approved an agreement between UTMB and Galveston College to provide student health and counseling services for the 2020-2021 academic year.
• extended the college’s vending machine services contract with Brown Food Service, Inc. through May 17, 2022.
• awarded a contract for disaster restoration and recovery services to Cotton Commercial USA, Inc.
• authorized the college president to enter into a contract with an electricity provider through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Interlocal Agreement.

Above: Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the Galveston College president, administers the oath of office to Galveston College Regents Michael B. Hughes, Mary R. Longoria and Carroll G. Sunseri, who were re-elected to fill their positions on the board. Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., also re-elected to the board, participated in the meeting by conference call and took the oath of office, as well.

Galveston College sets dates, times for summer, fall in-person registration

Limited in-person registration for the summer and fall 2020 semesters will open at Galveston College on Monday, June 1, in the one-stop student services center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the college’s main campus at 4015 Avenue Q.

Registration dates and times will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, June 3-5; and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 8-11. The last day for summer I registration is June 3. Late registration ends June 5.

Summer I classes begin Monday, June 8. Summer II classes start July 13. Fall 2020 classes begin Aug. 31.

All 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.

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“Our focus at Galveston College continues to be on the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We will continue to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials, as we prepare for a very gradual and systematic transition back to on-campus work.”

Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31.

In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at

To view the summer and fall 2020 schedule of classes, visit

New students can apply for admission at

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or

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.

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 or contact Brian Ayres, program director, at


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.

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

Galveston College library services available online

The Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are now 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
Galveston Island Mardi Gras 2019

Galveston College readies for Mardi Gras

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Galveston College students, faculty and staff will participate in the 33rd Annual Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras parade, which begins at 12 p.m. and runs from 57th and Seawall to the Strand Historic District.

Also on Saturday, students, faculty and staff will participate in the Krewe of Gambrinus’ 31st Annual King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at 4500 Seawall Blvd. and proceeds downtown through the Strand Historic District.

Click here to view the parade route.

According to the City of Galveston, the island’s 109th Mardi Gras celebration begins Friday, Feb. 14, and continues until Feb. 25, or Fat Tuesday. Both weekends are packed with parades, parties and, of course, beads.

The 10-day event is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for masked balls, balcony parties, parades and concerts.

This island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. There’s the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district, where the bulk of festivities takes place, and also family-friendly events and parades along the Seawall.

To view the concert schedule, confirm parade routes and times, purchase tickets for ticketed events and venues, or to become a vendor, please visit the official Mardi Gras! Galveston website at

To view the complete list of Mardi Gras street closures, safety reminders and transportation information, visit the City of Galveston website here.

For more information on Galveston College’s participation in Mardi Gras activities, contact Associate Vice President for Student Services Ron Crumedy at

10-Minute Play Festival Photo

Galveston College Theatre sets 10-Minute Play Festival

The Galveston College Theatre department will present its third 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in Room 207 of the Fine Arts building on the Galveston College campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The showcase will include staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students, faculty and community members.

“We hope you will join us for the premiere of these playwrights’ new works,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Playwrights include Stephany Blair, Shelly Downes, Alyssa Gudz, Destiny Montemayor, Christiana Rose-Eileen Rubio and Adi Teodoru.

Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

Company members include Galveston College students Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Eric Scales.

For more information, contact Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or

Pictured: Elijah Barrie, Alyssa Gudz and Daniel Bourque rehearse a scene for the upcoming Galveston College 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in the Galveston College Fine Arts building.




Whitecaps baseball team hosts inaugural Island Invitational tournament

Hundreds of fans and family members from throughout east Texas and the Gulf Coast region were on hand to cheer on their teams at the first-ever Galveston College Whitecaps Island Invitational Friday and Saturday at Bernard Davis Stadium and Tor Baseball Field.
After two full days of play marked by sunny skies and mild winter temperatures, Temple College emerged the winner of the tournament after winning all four of its games.
Galveston College won its first game of the season on Friday, beating Howard College by a score of 3-1. On Saturday, the Whitecaps lost to Temple College, 4-12, and Coastal Bend College, 2-5.
Alvin Community College, Coastal Bend College and Howard College each won two games. Galveston College and Wharton County Junior College each took one.
Game scores:
  • Wharton County Junior College, 7 – Howard College, 4
  • Temple College, 3 – Alvin Community College, 2
  • Galveston College, 3 – Howard College, 1
  • Alvin Community College, 6 – Coastal Bend College, 1
  • Temple College, 8 – Wharton County Junior College, 4
  • Howard College, 7 – Alvin Community College, 2
  • Alvin Community College, 6 – Coastal Bend College, 1
  • Temple College, 8 – Wharton County Junior College, 4
  • Howard College, 8 – Alvin Community College, 3
  • Temple College, 12 – Galveston College, 4
  • Coastal Bend College, 5 – Galveston College, 2
  • Coastal Bend College, 9 – Wharton County Junior College, 6
For more information on Galveston College athletics and the complete Whitecaps baseball schedule, please visit