Category: GC News

Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences at Galveston College

Construction well under way on Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Construction work is well under way on the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, which will include seven units designed to resemble the historical homes of Galveston.

The buildings will house approximately 80 students and, when coupled with existing housing, will enable Galveston College to serve about 120 students with residence life opportunities.

The project is funded with the generous support of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation, which also provided a significant capital expansion grant for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing, allowing students and the community to gather for events ranging from civic, collegiate and evenings of powerful educational enrichment.

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Creole Design LLC of Houston is architect.

Library Website Screenshot

New library website offers easy access to resources and information

The David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library at Galveston College recently launched an exciting new website that offers streamlined access to content and an improved user experience for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Telishia “Tee” Mickens, director of library and learning resources, worked during the summer to completely redesign the site with a fresh look and easy access to library resources such as databases, help and research guides, and library services, including online study room reservations and chat-with-a-librarian and text-a-librarian features.

The faculty page includes information on library instruction, information literacy, LibGuides, embedding library resources, course reserves, a book purchase request form, interlibrary loans (ILLs), library spaces for instruction, copyright, open educational resources (OERS) and more.

The site also includes a list of frequently asked questions that is updated on a regular basis.

“I know this will be such a great tool for our students to help them be successful in finding library resources and learning more about the library and the valuable resources available to them,” Mickens said.

The new website can be located at For more information, contact Tee Mickens at

SGA members with President of Galveston College

Galveston College sets Week of Welcome

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 26 to 29 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

On Monday, Aug. 26, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Later that day, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, there will be a Game Truck Video Game Party from 3-5 p.m. in the parking area at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street. The game truck is loaded with video consoles and a massive library of video games.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Student organizations, departments, programs and community organizations will host informational tables. Come to learn more about the many ways to get involved at Galveston College. Free pizza will be served.

For more information, email Cynthia Parra at, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

See you at WOW!

Above: Galveston College Student Government Association officers (from left) Graciela Salinas, secretary, Shona Gastian, historian, David Gage, president, Stephanie Sagastume, vice president, and Ivan Escalante, treasurer, visit with Dr. Myles Shelton, president, at the Week of Welcome (WOW!) breakfast today in the lobby of Moody Hall. The Office of Student Activities and SGA have planned a variety of activities this week in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester. Cynthia Parra (second from right), coordinator of student activities, is SGA advisor at Galveston College.

Food For Thought at Galveston College

Galveston College announces fall 2019 Food for Thought market dates

Galveston College has announced fall 2019 distribution dates for the Food for Thought mobile farmers market on the college’s main campus at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check in, distribution and clean up.

Market dates are as follows:

Galveston College Main Campus 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center 

  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Thursday, Dec. 12

Market hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

The Food for Thought market gives students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

“The food scholarship assists with lowering grocery expenses throughout the semester and allows students to stay fueled and healthy while pursuing their educational goals,” said Cynthia Parra, student activities coordinator and Food for Thought market coordinator at Galveston College.

Currently enrolled students can obtain client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or the office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.

Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at or (409) 944-1234.

Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule now online

Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule now online

The Galveston College Continuing Education Fall 2019 Schedule is now online!

Click here to browse the wide variety of skilled trades, allied health, IT training, online learning, first responder training, personal enrichment, and food, fun and fitness classes offered at Galveston College.

Due to campus construction, the Continuing Education department has temporarily moved to the Cheney Student Center on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Register for classes in person or by phone from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (The college is closed on Fridays through Aug. 9.) Or click here to register online.

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

Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab

Galveston College joins Houston Guided Pathways to Success

Galveston College and Alvin Community College are the latest institutions to join the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) consortium, a regional collaboration of colleges and universities established in 2015 to increase college completion rates and streamline student transfer between two- and four-year institutions. The initiative helps students makes informed choices by providing academic maps, default course pathways, meta-majors, intrusive advising and more.

“I am thrilled that so many institutions see the value in partnering together to achieve student success,” said Paula Myrick Short, UHS senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I think that Houston GPS has really transformed the way we think about how students approach college, and what is the best fit for them. With each new institution that joins our ranks, there are new opportunities to learn from each other, and truly work together to tailor experiences and pathways that will work for today’s students.”

Just 40 miles south of Houston, Galveston College opened its doors in 1967 as a comprehensive community college. It currently serves approximately 2,300 students each semester in credit programs and almost 1,300 students annually in continuing education programs. It offers over 21 associate degrees and 17 certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses in English, reading, mathematics and study skills to prepare a wide discipline of students. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College, focused on the benefits to the region.

“The necessity of more individuals holding appropriate degrees or certificates is an absolute for the well-being of our regional economy. Houston GPS provides a means for achieving long-term economic health of our region,” he said. “Our primary goal for Galveston College is to help students achieve their goal of earning a degree or certificate with successful career placement or transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. This is about helping every student succeed. Houston GPS is an outstanding and efficient tool to help students reach their goals and succeed.”

Alvin Community College was established as part of the Alvin Independent School District in 1948, and remained under that jurisdiction until 1971, when it became the Alvin Junior College District. In 2016, the college was named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, and during the same year, was one of 67 in the U.S. named as part of the Second Chance Pell program, which offers scholarship assistance for incarcerated students. Its enrollment has grown from 134 students in 1949 to almost 6,000, and currently offers over 40 associate degrees, with three fully online degrees and numerous certificate programs.

“The partnership with Houston GPS has the potential to be the community college – university transfer blueprint for the state, making this region the gold standard for transfer partnerships. In addition, this partnership will help ensure that our region meets its 60×30 target goals,” said Christal M. Albrecht, president of Alvin Community College (ACC). “This partnership will provide the foundational work that ACC has accomplished in terms of transferability of courses and assure students that ACC course work will always transfer. It’s a partnership that helps to build trust between the institutions and the students.”

With the addition of these two community colleges, thirteen institutions encompassing more than 300,000 students make up the Houston GPS consortium: Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College District, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Galveston College Upward Bound at MIT

TRIO Upward Bound students visit Boston

Students in the Galveston College Upward Bound program recently visited Boston, Massachusetts, to participate in a variety of cultural and educational enrichment field trips and college tours.

While in Boston, the students toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Science.

They also attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, participated in an educational and historical harbor tour, learned the Boston subway, ate at Wahlburgers and more.

Galveston College Upward Bound, a TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, is a college preparatory program designed to serve 60 ninth through 12th grade students at Ball High School.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education by increasing the academic performance and motivation of participants.

For more information on the TRIO Upward Bound program at Galveston College, call (409) 944-1253.

Above:  Galveston College Upward Bound program students and staff members tour the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus during a recent cultural and educational enrichment field trip to Boston. For more photo highlights of the trip, click here.

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound honors students, grads at 2019 Showcase and Awards Ceremony

The Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound program celebrated its 2019 Showcase and Awards Ceremony July 11 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

Priselda P. Perez, Upward Bound director, and Dr. Myles Shelton, president, welcomed the audience to campus and recognized guests and alumni.

Following a dinner and slideshow presentation, Upward Bound alumna Limesha Hill Solomon gave a keynote presentation. Students also presented an American Sign Language presentation and a computer science presentation. Julianna Salinas, Class of 2019 graduate, also gave an inspirational presentation.

Academic achievement awards, summer academic achievement course awards, academic year A/B honor roll students and seniors were recognized.

Flavio Ramos, Class of 2019 graduate, gave a motivational presentation. Successful completion awards were presented.

Upward Bound Alumna Makia Golliday presented an inspirational closing poem.

Class of 2019 members and their chosen colleges include Karson Amaro, Anthony Duque, Jennifer Escalante, Noemi Mata, Jaylan Nixon, Citlalli Ramos, Miranda Ramos, Natalia Ramos, Andre Sellers, Madison Smith and Chloe Wilber, all of Galveston College; Brianna Parson and Kyianna Parson, both of University of North Texas; Giovanni Perez, San Jacinto College; Jaqueline Perez, Texas State University; Flavio Ramos, University of Texas at Austin; Devin Reyna, Tyler Junior College; Julianna Salinas, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

For more photo highlights of the ceremony, click here.

Galveston College Quickstart Graduates

Galveston College sets free Quickstart training programs

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning July 29 and Aug 26.

Register online at

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing #HVAC and #electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

In addition to job training, GalvestonCollege offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Recent graduates of the Galveston College Quickstart Electrical Helper training program include (standing, left to right) Quency Adams, Jenson Brunner, Collin Sempe, teacher Horace Williams IV, Keilan Navarro, D’Asia Scranton, Zulemie Perez and (kneeling, left to right) Eduardo Vazquez and Jamall Williams. Not pictured is LaMarc Graves.

Student Services Rendering

Title V Pathways project makes student services renovation a reality

Thanks to the Title V Pathways project at Galveston College, key student services spaces on the first floor of Moody Hall are being renovated to improve student success, retention, persistence to graduation and transfer among the college’s student population.

The renovation is just one of several initiatives of the “Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising and Transfer at a Hispanics-serving Community College,” which is funded by the US Department of Education.

The overall goals of the project are to clarify pathways for students, help students get on a guided path, help students stay on a guided path and ensure students are learning in order to increase retention (course completion and fall-to-fall retention), improve course success, increase completion rates of a recognized credential and increase successful transfer to 4-year institutions.

PBK Architects is project architect. TUCON Unbehagen Construction is project contractor.

Dr. Sandra Metoyer is director of the Title V Pathways project.


Above: Architect’s rendering of the new student services area at Galveston College.