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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 www.gc.edu/ems or contact Brian Ayres, program director, at bayres@gc.edu.

 

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.

Donna Swartz

Galveston College Medical Administration program is official education partner of AAPC

The Galveston College Medical Administration program has been named an official education partner with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

The AAPC is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 190,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management and practice management.

As an official education partner with the AAPC, Galveston College is licensed to offer AAPC’s curriculum to prepare students for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and to enter the field of health insurance processing and coding functions.

“As Galveston College’s Certified Professional Coder instructor, I am excited to bring this opportunity to the Gulf Coast region,” said Donna Swartz, division director of Industrial and Applied Technology and Medical Administration program director. “Following the initial pilot of the AAPC’s CPC curriculum during the spring of 2020, which demonstrated high student achievement in medical coding, I am confident that the continued use of the AAPC curriculum will improve CPC exam pass rates, as well as students’ medical coding ability in practical application.”

Graduates of the 30 credit-hour Galveston College program receive a certificate in Medical Coding. Students can choose to continue their studies to earn certification as a Medical Records Technician and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration in their second year.

“Students also benefit from reduced AAPC membership and CPC exam registration costs, and eligible students may receive federal funding for tuition and fees costs,” Swartz added. “We offer a comprehensive training program that aligns with industry trends for our community.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022. The average salary for medical coders in the Gulf Coast region is $57,802.

For more information on the Galveston College Medical Administration program, please contact Donna Swartz at dswartz@gc.edu.

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 mcrichlow@gc.edu.

Drive-through Food for Thought distribution is Thursday at ATC

There will be a drive-through Galveston College Food for Thought distribution for currently enrolled students on Thursday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center (ATC), 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Here are the steps to receive food:

  •  Students must possess their current student ID for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Students must present their student ID through the window of their automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
  • Students must open the trunk of their automobile so that the volunteer may place box/bag of food inside.
  • Students drive off safely after receiving food.

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the ATC. Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

For more information about the food distribution and to volunteer, please contact Vera Lewis-Jasper, dean of technical and professional education, at vlewis@gc.edu or Sharon Pagan, career navigator, at spagan@gc.edu.

For additional information about Food for Thought, please contact Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, at rcrumedy@gc.edu.

Last Day to Withdraw

Galveston College extends spring 2020 withdrawal deadline to April 30

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Galveston College has extended the spring 2020 withdrawal deadline from April 17 to April 30.
 
“We certainly understand the tremendous impact of this unprecedented event on our students and their families,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “We encourage you to stay in your classes and work with your faculty members to address any concerns. You are very important to us. We’re all in this together.”
 
Students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu for academic and student support services assistance in completing this semester and for help in planning for the next semester. Students should include their name, student ID and phone number in their correspondence.
 
“The entire Galveston College community is dedicated to helping students have the most successful educational experience possible,” Dr. Shelton said. “Please do not hesitate to contact us as we all work to remain healthy and continue our daily activities.”
 
Stay safe, Whitecaps!

Apply now for Galveston College scholarships

Did you know the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College offer numerous scholarship opportunities in addition to the dynamic Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship?
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations, current and prospective students may apply for a wide variety of scholarships. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
Now is the perfect time for you or someone you know to complete an application for Galveston College scholarships for 2020-2021.
The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students, currently enrolled students and other deserving individuals to apply for scholarship monies. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year. Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.
Click here and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
Email the application to finaid@gc.edu or fax it to (409) 944-1505 by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
Graduating high school students who reside in the Galveston College taxing district have until June 9 to submit their applications for the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Scholarship. Information regarding the 2020-2021 Universal Access Scholarship can be found at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-forms/.
Please contact finaid@gc.edu for assistance and with any questions.

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 https://library.gc.edu/distance-education-library-resources.
For assistance, contact gclibrary@gc.edu or view the library’s FAQ page https://gc.libanswers.com/.
Oinline Learning

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 DistanceEd@gc.edu 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 DistanceEd@gc.edu 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 helpdesk@gc.edu or visit https://gc.edu/student-services/access-your-student-email/.
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 https://library.gc.edu/distance-education-library-resources. For assistance, contact gclibrary@gc.edu or view the library’s FAQ page https://gc.libanswers.com/.
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:
Admissions/Registrar
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 advising@gc.edu . 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 accessibility@gc.edu.
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 admissions@gc.edu.
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 BBS@gc.edu.
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 fafsa.gov . For more information and assistance, contact finaid@gc.edu.
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 https://gc.edu/student-housing/ . 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.)
Technology
Galveston College Student Services is working to help find solutions and to assist students who have needs related to computer hardware and internet access. wifi.xfinity.com 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: https://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/mobile/.
Please contact Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu with your questions if you have questions related to computer hardware and/or internet access needs.
Testing
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 gctesting@gc.edu.
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 pperez@gc.edu.
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 nmontoya@gc.edu.
Galveston College will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and update the campus community as changes are made.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the suspension of all junior college athletic events for the remainder of the spring semester.  This effectively ends the Galveston College 2020 spring baseball and softball seasons.  In anticipation of next year’s season, student-athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding continued training and preparation for next year.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Galveston College Athletic Events
Based on guidance received from the National Junior College Athletic Association, all athletic events are postponed until after Friday, April 3. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of athletic events depending on the situation.
All NJCAA in-person official or unofficial recruitment activity (on or off-campus) is suspended through Friday, April 3.
Student-athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding training and practice.
Campus Events
All campus or special events scheduled to be held at Galveston College with the exception of Galveston College Board of Regents meetings are postponed until Monday, April 6.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Although there are no cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Galveston College, there are a number of cases that have been reported in the greater Houston area and now one in Galveston County. Consequently, out of an abundance of concern for our students, faculty, staff, and our community, Galveston College has determined to extend the 2020 spring break for students for one week, March 16-20. (No online or in-person classes will be held during this week.) This time will allow faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester.

On Monday, March 23, Galveston College classes will resume, strictly in an online environment. It is hoped that face-to-face classes will resume on April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend online classes depending on the situation at that time. A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to continue face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester, hold final exams in person/on campus, and the ability to hold commencement as currently scheduled.

The Galveston College Board of Regents will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18.

Faculty and Staff

Although students will receive an additional week of spring break (March 16-20), all full-time faculty and staff should report to campus on Monday, March 16. The week of March 16-20 will be used for faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester. Galveston College leadership will advise faculty and staff on additional protocols via Galveston College email. Part-time employees are not to report to work unless contacted and instructed to do so by their supervisor.

Student Workers

Student workers are not expected to return to campus to work until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor this situation and confirm this date or extend the date depending on the situation.

Self-Monitoring / Self-Isolation / Self-Quarantine

If a student or an employee who has traveled outside of the U.S. during the last 14 days or who has traveled to an area in the U.S. that has had reported COVID-19 cases, this individual may need to self-isolate or self-quarantine and should follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Students who choose to self-isolate should notify their instructor. Employees electing to self-isolate should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

Student Travel

Student Travel (including athletics) – All Galveston College sponsored student travel (including athletic travel) is suspended until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of travel depending on the situation at that time.

Employee Travel

All travel for Galveston College employees is suspended until Monday, April 6, unless it is determined to be mission-critical or health-critical and has been approved by the College leadership.

Employees are responsible for canceling all travel plans and reservations. Please note that the College will work with faculty and staff regarding incurred expenses for conferences or events that have been canceled or for conferences or events where the College has suspended travel.

Precautions to Continue to Take

  •  Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Maintain a good “social distance” between you and others
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

College leadership will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The College will issue additional updates as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to work with health and government officials to protect your safety and health.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Galveston College is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information and available resources, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County or the Galveston College community.

 

The safety of our Galveston College students, faculty, staff and community is paramount, and we realize that the situation can quickly change.

 

Galveston College officials will meet on Friday, March 13, to discuss strategic planning regarding the return of students after spring break. The college will make an informed decision based on recommendations from health officials, and we will provide another update.

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.