Category: Continuing Education

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 and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or
Sharon Pagan

Galveston College VP graduates from Leadership Galveston

Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for administration and student services at Galveston College, recently graduated from the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Galveston Class of 2020.

Dr. Charles P. Mouton of UTMB Health, Leadership Galveston class president, gave an inspiring message to the graduates as they recounted their journeys through the program and explained how UTMB is working to treat and contain COVID-19.

“Leadership Galveston is an essential experience for anyone who is or could be a potential leader,” said Dr. Mouton. “It provides you with the skills and insight to make a meaningful contribution to the greater Galveston community. It also gives you the connections and relationships to ensure that the work you do builds a bright future for our beloved island.”

Founded in 1984, Leadership Galveston is a dynamic and interactive eight-month experience designed to provide the community with an enduring source of leaders who are prepared and committed to serving their region.

In 2018, the Chamber’s Leadership Advisory Board, comprised of the program’s pivotal partner, the Moody Foundation, as well as, representatives from UTMB Health, Galveston College and other consultants, worked diligently to structure the class curriculum to include an in-depth look at the critical issues and opportunities within the community. The program is overseen by Lorraine Grubbs, director of membership of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Carrie Davis, stage manager of The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Continuing Education – online pharmacy technician course


Online Pharmacy Technician Course

Workforce Continuing Education Program
for Online Pharmacy Technician Now Enrolling!

Classes are offered in the fall, spring  and summer semesters.
Please check our online courses available.

Become a Pharmacy Technician

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 – that equates to over 30,000 new jobs!

The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.


Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed.

Galveston College offers free training for Texas businesses in response to COVID-19

Galveston College has been awarded funds to help area businesses deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funds are available for training and retraining existing full-time employees, as well as furloughed and laid-off employees and new hires.

Examples of training that can be provided to large and small businesses include digital marketing and web design, sales and marketing in a digital world, health and safety in the workplace, software skills for new technology, customized training to aid with job reassignments, and more.

Galveston College Continuing Education staff will work with employers to evaluate their specific needs and develop a customized training plan to put them on the path to recovery.

For more information, contact Rick Segura in the Galveston College Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1292 or

Galveston College Quickstart program ignites student’s passion for electrical engineering

Before signing up for Galveston College’s Quickstart program in January 2018, Alexandria Reese had a high school diploma and had taken a few Galveston College courses, but was uncertain as to her career direction. Her two children were toddlers, and she was barely making it with minimum wage jobs.

Then she heard about Continuing Education’s Quickstart Electrical Helper classes, enrolled, and was accepted. Until the last two weeks of class, she had no car. She walked or took the bus from 53rd Street and Avenue S to class at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center four times each week and walked home each night.

Leaving class at 10:30 p.m. and walking home in January and February was really cold, she recalls, but even after the first night, “I had something to hope for, something I could use the next day. It was hard, but it was my piece of peace.”

Within about six weeks she developed enough electrical skills to get a part-time job at a hotel, bought a $500 car and finished the eight-week program. It also gave her direction in life. She realized that she wanted to work in the electrical field and eventually she decided on her career goal: to become an electrical engineer.

“Electricity is like me,” she says. “You look at a wire or a switch and think you know what it is, but you don’t really understand it until you sit down and really study it. People think they understand me by looking at me, but until they see what’s inside and analyze what they learn about me, they don’t really know me.”

She continued to work at the hotel and got promoted to head of maintenance, but she wasn’t quite ready mentally or financially to continue her studies in the Electrical and Electronics Technology degree program following a violent assault.

Now, stabilized at the Resource and Crisis Shelter of Galveston County, she finds that she cannot wallow in pain and is now completing the enrollment process.

“I had to get going to school. I need to support my children’s stability, no matter how down I am. If I give up, I provide ammunition to the children to give up. I can never give up. School is my safe haven. You can turn lemons into lemonade.”

Alexandria hopes to finish her Associate of Applied Science degree within a year and transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she will finish her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering by 2022.


Galveston College Continuing Education

Automotive Certificate

Taught at the Ball High Automotive Center this course pairs nicely with our Diesel Engine Testing and Repair courses.  Local employers have asked for training with will allow the student to Gain an understanding of Automotive Climate Control.  Our 2-part program will help you explore and familiarize yourself with the theories and systems of Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Systems.  Emphasis is given to the basic refrigeration cycle, diagnosis and repair of system malfunctions, manual and electronic climate control systems, and safety.  EPA guidelines for refrigerant handling, new refrigerant replacements are presented.  Classes are taught at the Ball high automotive shop.  A Certificate is awarded after the completion of course 1 & 2. 

Course 1 is typically offered in the Fall and 2 in the Spring.  Courses may be taken out of sequence.

Regular Hours

Monday & Tuesday 
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Start a family holiday tradition with Making Gingerbread Houses

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like a festive gingerbread house. Learn how to make one of your own during a four-evening class this December at Galveston College.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts program will host Making Gingerbread Houses on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 2-5, from 6-8 p.m. Start a fun family holiday tradition with the skills you’ll learn.

Instructor Chef Mirta Salinas will offer tips and tricks on making a great gingerbread house from scratch, complete with all of the festive decorations and gingerbread people.

Each participant will make and decorate his or her own gingerbread house. The class is open to students of all ages. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The cost for the class is $29 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

To reserve a spot and for registration information, call Linda Jenko in Galveston College Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

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.