Category: Continuing Education

Anthony Sanabria

Quickstart grad finds new career in Galveston College Facilities department

After a series of discouraging, low-paying jobs with little hope for advancement, Anthony Sanabria decided to check out Galveston College’s Quickstart Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning training program in the fall of 2019. Coming from a family with no college education and no understanding of its value, Anthony was not sure this was a good path for him and had little confidence in his ability to handle the demands of college studies.

After some time in instructor Karen Alsept’s class, Anthony found he was enjoying learning, had the aptitude for HVAC, and realized that this was a good career path for him. When he completed the eight-week program and passed the Universal EPA test on his first try, he gained the confidence to enroll in the Associate of Applied Science degree program in HVAC and Refrigeration.

“No one told me how important college is and that I had the potential to succeed. Quickstart was the perfect opportunity to try out something new and see if it was a good fit,” Anthony said. “It completely changed my life.”

And now Galveston College will benefit from his aptitude, training, enthusiasm and strong work ethic as he begins his new position as a maintenance technician in the Galveston College Facilities department.

“Already having two months with us, Anthony has demonstrated his great commitment and knowledge in the complex systems that we handle in air conditioning systems and digital platforms,” said Jorge Otero, director of Facilities at Galveston College.

”Anthony has undoubtedly been a great acquisition both for his quality as a human being and for his constant desire to help and to acquire new knowledge. Now, as a full-time employee taking advantage of his already acquired knowledge in the HVAC field, he is now beginning his second associate degree in Computer and Network Administration hoping to complete it by 2023. Without a doubt, Anthony is a great addition to our department and his continued development will help our college to operate even more optimally.”

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

In the 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 must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

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.)

· have access to a working computer and the internet.

· have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, an applicant must meet with Pagan and bring required documents.

The next class begins Sept. 15.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

Kendall Merriweather

Galveston College Quickstart+ graduate finds success with local HVAC industry

When Kendall Merriweather walked into Galveston College’s Quickstart+ Grant Navigator Sharon Pagan’s office last August, he was working part-time at a Galveston Island Family Dollar store.

In 2019, Merriweather, his wife and three children moved to Galveston to follow his wife’s dream to experience island living. Earlier in 2020, he lost his job following a reduction in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After that experience, he said he wanted to expand his technical skills and begin a new career. He said a friend sent him a screenshot of a Quickstart+ advertisement, and he wanted to register for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Helper training program. He said he was eager to enter a high-demand, high-growth industry where he had the potential to provide financial stability for his family.

Merriweather enrolled in the eight-week training session last September and successfully completed the training in mid-November. He was one of nine students to pass the Universal Section 608 Technician Certification examination on how to responsibly handle refrigerants by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program.

He was hired by Bosworth Air Conditioning and Heating in April 2021 as an HVAC Helper and continues to learn as he works alongside an experienced HVAC technician. He is now eligible to participate in a health insurance plan and says he will also be able to participate in the company’s retirement plan when he reaches his one-year work anniversary.

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

In the 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 must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

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.)
–have access to a working computer and the internet.
–have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, an applicant must meet with Pagan and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

Eddie Filer

Eddie Filer to teach painting and drawing through Continuing Education

Nationally known artist Eddie Filer will teach a series of eight-week classes on the art of painting and drawing through the Galveston College Continuing Education department, beginning Aug. 30.

In Basic Portraiture 1 and 2, students will learn to recognize changes in the face from light to dark, variations of value changes in color, warm and cool temperature changes in paint, large to small comparisons of planes in the face, and building three-dimensional forms of the human head.

Filer will also teach his way of obtaining a likeness through seeing negative to positive spacing, by distance relating with a focus on the development of learning to see.

Basic Portraiture I runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Aug. 30 to Oct. 20. Basic Portraiture II is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Oct. 25 to Dec. 15. Cost is $149 per course. A supplies list is available from the Continuing Education department.

To register, visit https://www.gc.edu/continuing-education/about-ce/register/ and select Beginning Portrait Painting I or Beginning Portrait Painting II from the Arts/Leisure/Music menu.

For more information, please contact ce@gc.edu or call (409) 944-1344.

Galveston College Community Chorale

Galveston College Community Chorale celebrates 50 years of musical memories, seeks new members

The Galveston College Community Chorale will celebrate 50 years of musical memories in 2021-2022 and is seeking new singers in all vocal parts.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus during the 2020-2021 academic year, the community chorale will begin its fall rehearsal schedule on Monday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Michael Gilbert, who served as choral director for the Galveston Independent School District for more than three decades, serves as director of the community chorale. Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt is accompanist.

The Galveston College Community Chorale was established in 1972 by Dr. Larry Patton, who directed the chorale for 27 years. The chorale was part of the newly formed music department at Galveston College to allow interested individuals the opportunity to participate in a performing organization.

The first year, the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the chorale averaged 65 singers.

“The chorale is a representative of the city of Galveston,” said Gilbert. “Many family members and friends of the chorale attend our concerts, as well as other choral music lovers from the community and surrounding area.”

The chorale performs all styles of music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance period of music, to Handel’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, patriotic music, American folk music, spirituals, the music of Broadway and popular music.

Music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Daniel Pinkham, Randall Thompson and Texas resident Dan Forrest has also been performed by the chorale.

The group has even performed at Carnegie Hall.

The chorale is a non-auditioned organization supported by Galveston College and is part of the Continuing Education department’s curriculum. It is open to all individuals who enjoy singing and performing.

“It’s a fun group of people to work with,” Gilbert said.

In 2018, the Galveston Art League recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale for making significant and valuable contributions to the arts in Galveston.

Gilbert said he welcomes back former members of the chorale and wants to attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The chorale will prepare for its holiday concert of traditional carols scheduled for Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Moody Memorial United Methodist Church in Galveston.

The chorale also presents a spring concert and is often involved in other special events and/or fundraisers.

Membership tuition in the Galveston College Community Chorale is $40 each semester. To register, please contact the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344 or https://gc.edu/continuing-education/about-ce/register/Galveston College Community Chorale.

For additional information, please contact Galveston College Community Chorale Director Michael Gilbert at mgilbert@gc.edu or the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344.

Quickstart+

Galveston College to offer free Quickstart+ training in HVAC and Electrical Technology

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart+ training programs in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology and Electrical Technology, beginning Sept. 15.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, 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. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

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.)
have access to a working computer and the internet.
have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

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

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Quickstart+ Grant Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

Massage Therapy Program

Galveston College Massage Therapy program starts in August

Galveston College will begin the next class of its popular Massage Therapy program in August.

The courses, which are offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, begin Aug. 30 and continue through Dec. 16.

Classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston, Texas.

Fall semester courses include Health and Hygiene, Massage Fundamentals I, Kinesiology, Pathology for Massage, and Reflexology and Chair Massage.

Spring semester courses include Massage Fundamentals II, Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, Therapeutic Modalities, and Business Practices and Ethics.

Students must also enroll in a summer internship program in June or July.

Upon completion of the three-semester program, students will be eligible to take the state board exam.

Download an application for the Massage Therapy program at //gc.edu/massage, or visit the Continuing Education department on the first floor of Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

For more information, call (409) 944-1344 or write to CE@gc.edu.

QuickStart +

Registration open for free Quickstart+ training programs

Registration is open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart+ training programs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical technology, beginning July 6.

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

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

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

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.)
-have access to a working computer and the internet.
-have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

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

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

April 2021 Quickstart+ Graduates

All 10 Spring Grads of Quickstart+ HVAC Helper Program Pass EPA Section 608 Universal Exam

Under the instructional leadership of Karen Alsept, all 10 graduates of the Galveston College Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Quickstart+ Helper program passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9.

Those receiving their certifications include Andrew Quintana, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Sharon Pagan, grant manager, said graduate Ronald Cokins was employed by SCR Services, and Flores Demetrio was hired by Miles Cooling and Heating of Pasadena. Efrain Garza is currently completing a five-week paid internship with Waffle House Restaurants, and Andre Perry was employed by R and L Remodeling in La Marque.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. 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. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

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.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

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

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at spagan@gc.edu.

Above: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) instructor Karen Alsept stands proudly with her 10 Quickstart+ HVAC Helper students who all passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9. Pictured left to right are Andrew Quintana, instructor Karen Alsept, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

Register now for Quickstart+ training in HVAC and Electrical Tech at Galveston College

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart+ training programs in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Electrical Technology, beginning Feb. 1.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, 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. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

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.)
  • have a working computer and internet access.
  • have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents. For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Quickstart+ Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

New Quickstart+ programs set to launch this fall

Galveston College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer new Quickstart+ training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The first cohort of the Electrical Helper program will begin Sept. 21.

Career Navigator Sharon Levy Pagan will be moving to the Continuing Education department to coordinate and serve as job placement navigator for the program. Her office will remain at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. 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. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

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

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.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

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

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.
Sharon Pagan