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Massage Therapy program to begin this month

Galveston College will begin another class of its popular Massage Therapy program this month.

The program, which is offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, starts Aug. 31 and continues through Dec. 17.

Classes will be offered in a hybrid online and face-to-face format to allow for practical/laboratory education.

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.

Financial aid in the form of Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) grant funds may be available for those who qualify.

To apply for the Massage Therapy program, visit https://gc.edu/massage/.

For more information, contact the Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1344 or write to CE@gc.edu.

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College mourns passing of Regent Carl E. Kelly

It is with great sadness and profound respect that Galveston College announces the passing of longtime community leader and Galveston College Regent Carl E. Kelly, 84, of an apparent heart attack on Friday, July 31. Arrangements are pending.

A former chairman, Regent Kelly was appointed to the board in January 1998 and then elected the following May. He has served on the board for 22 years and is a current member of the Policies Committee and Finance Committee. A native of Galveston, Regent Kelly was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served on the Galveston City Council and many other community boards.

In recognition of his contributions to Galveston College, anonymous donors established an endowed scholarship with the Galveston College Foundation to honor Regent Kelly. The Carl Kelly Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Galveston College student each year.

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It’s time to meet with an advisor and register for fall classes

Early registration for the fall 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Aug. 31.

The fall 2020 schedule of classes went online last week and reflects necessary changes in course delivery based on the college’s Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations.

Students have 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),
• 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.

NOTE: Not all classes are offered in all five course delivery methods.

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To search for fall classes, go directly to the search tool here. For more information about the learning options, visit https://gc.edu/yourcollegeyourway.

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

Current and new students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number.

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 in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city of Galveston 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 fall 2020 classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31. All campus areas/offices will begin providing limited in-person services on Aug. 3.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

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.
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McGovern Foundation donates $40,000 to Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Scholarship programs

The John P. McGovern Foundation recently donated $40,000 to the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Scholarship Endowment and Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund programs. The contribution continues the McGovern Foundation’s long history of support for Galveston College students. John P. McGovern Foundation contributions since 1996 total almost $900,000 toward Universal Access Scholarship funding and health programs at Galveston College.

The generosity of the McGovern Foundation mirrors that of the man who started it. He was a co-founder of the American Osler Society and founder of the McGovern Allergy Clinic in Houston. He established his foundation in 1961 and focused his philanthropy on the Texas Medical Center and programs benefiting families and children.

The Universal Access and Universal Access Plus scholarships will continue to help eligible Galveston students into the future and arrive at their educational goals sooner. Universal Access fully funds tuition and fees for a 60-hour degree program at Galveston College. Universal Access Plus in 2019-2020 provided $500 towards textbooks, digital tools, access fees and laptops.

In spring 2020, 74 percent of Galveston College’s students attended college on a part-time basis. Twenty-four percent had dependent children at home. Seventy-six percent juggled the demands of working and higher education. It takes Galveston College students an average of 3.7 years to graduate without public or private financial assistance. Universal Access students graduate on average in 2.7 years.

The McGovern Foundation also benefits students in the health sciences through another scholarship program.

The John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences is a separate example of the impact the McGovern Foundation has had on the fabric of Galveston College. The McGovern Scholars are health sciences students with a 3.0 or better GPA and receive an $800 scholarship.

For the Galveston College community, the focus of McGovern Foundation’s generosity is helping its students pay for tuition, fees, books and digital resources. This allows them to focus on their studies, stay in college and graduate.


John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences recipients Joshua Bland (left) and Ashlay Lewis-Helton attend President’s Evening 2020, Galveston College’s donor recognition event.


Dr. John P. McGovern gets a hug at the Children’s Zoo that bears his name. The John P. McGovern Foundation has donated almost $900,000 since 1996 to Galveston College Universal Access, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Photo courtesy Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle

Updated fall 2020 class schedule goes online to reflect Your College, Your Way learning options

Early registration for the fall 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Aug. 31.

The updated fall 2020 schedule of classes went online July 20 and reflects necessary changes in course delivery based on the college’s Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations.

Students have 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),
• 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.

Some technical and professional programs, such as Nursing, have a prescribed course delivery system.

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To search for fall classes, go directly to the search tool here. For more information about the learning options, visit https://gc.edu/yourcollegeyourway.

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

Current and new students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number.

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 in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city of Galveston 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 fall 2020 classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31. All campus areas/offices will begin providing limited in-person services on Aug. 3.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing gift $5,000 to Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund


Vandy Anderson, beloved donor to Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy
Photo courtesy Galveston County Daily News

Earlier this spring, the Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing made a contribution of $5,000 to the Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund supports students attending the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy. Del Papa Distributing and the Del Papa family are stalwart supporters of Galveston College and determined to help students in the hospitality and culinary professions.

“Vandy Anderson served his community in numerous ways as a broadcaster, trustee, chair or adviser for organizations across Galveston until his passing in 2016,” said Paulie Gaido, a Galveston College Foundation director, restaurateur and author of “Entertaining at Home with Fresh American Seafood and Exceptional American Wine.” “He was a lover of local seafood made by local chefs; he is as synonymous with Galveston Island as oleanders, boat shoes and the first crisp chill that heralds the season’s oysters.”

The scholarship honors Anderson’s love of the Galveston gastronomic community. Gaido’s book helped raise $75,000 locally to honor the much-beloved man known as the “Voice of Galveston” during his long tenure at KGBC radio.

“The Del Papa donation is wonderful,” said the program director, Chef Paul Mendoza. “The Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Scholarship has taken off in the last couple of years thanks to the good works of people like Del Papa and Mr. Paulie Gaido.”

“Scholarships give people a chance who may not otherwise be able to afford culinary school,” said Mendoza. “I always encourage my new and returning students to apply. Scholarships pay for attendance costs when other sources of financial aid are not enough or unavailable. ”

Currently, the culinary program has four or more different scholarships available. Application information is available on the college website at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/available-aid/scholarships/ and from the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu.


Former Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy students (left to right) Ebony Smith, Justin Cahill, Wayman Crawford, Stephanie Bass, Pauline Browning, Francesca Romero, Angelica Ellsworth, Julie Ellis, Carltel Williams, Cheryl Washington, Whitney Ermis, Jennifer Lopez, Angela Lopez and Allyson Johnson

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NJCAA moves majority of sports to spring

Following the recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Following the Board of Regents’ vote on July 13, a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester.

“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA president and CEO. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”

For spring sports, including baseball and softball, competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. The fall practice schedule will include a maximum of 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages from Sept. 5 to Nov. 15. Baseball will be allowed a maximum of 15 fall scrimmages (not dates) against outside competition. Softball will be allowed a maximum of seven fall scrimmage dates against outside competition.

To view the updated NJCAA 2020-2021 plan of action, click here. To view all NJCAA COVID-19 updates, click here.

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.

TRIO Upward Bound Virtual Awards Ceremony

TRIO Upward Bound honors students, grads at 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Augie Melendez
Augie Melendez

The Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound program celebrated its 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony July 16 via GoToMeeting.

Priselda P. Perez, Upward Bound director, welcomed the audience and recognized guests and alumni.

“We have had some challenging times this past year, but looking back I believe all of our students have worked hard to continue to meet their academic and personal goals,” Perez said.

“I have seen a tremendous amount of resiliency and heartfelt commitment to making the best out of our current situation. I commend the students, parents, Upward Bound instructors, staff, alumni and many of those in our community at Galveston College and Ball High for their efforts in supporting academic and personal pursuits. We will continue to overcome any challenge put forward as a team and as a family.”

Perez introduced Galveston College and Upward Bound alumnus Agustin (Augie) Melendez, a certified/licensed athletic trainer at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, who gave an inspirational keynote presentation.

Melendez encouraged the students to set goals and to turn any setbacks into positive learning experiences.

“There are not enough mirrors for students of color in higher education, only windows,” Melendez said. “It’s easy to become a statistic. The hardest part is letting yourself fall into the negative.”

Following a slideshow presentation created by Gabriela Zepeda that honored the Class of 2020, graduates were recognized by Perez.

2020 Bridge program and early admissions students were recognized by Rosie Rios, Upward Bound academic coordinator.

Summer academic course awards were presented by Upward Bound instructors.

The Leadership Award, Service Award, Outstanding Bridge Student Award, Outstanding Senior Award and School/Work/Life Balance Awards were presented by Rios.

Closing remarks were made by Perez.

Class of 2020 members and their chosen colleges include Oswaldo Alonso, Galveston College; Jasmin Arcega, Stephen F. Austin University; Leslie Castillo, Galveston College; Geovon Evans, Galveston College; Anais Franco, Galveston College; Eliazar Garcia, Galveston College; MarcoAntonio Gomez, Galveston College; Amethyst Guerra, Galveston College; Marisol Gutierrez, Galveston College; Wai Kaung, University of Texas; Camryn Montoya, Galveston College; Daniel Ortiz, College of the Mainland; and Gatien Powell, Galveston College.

Also, Benjamin Pulido, Galveston College; Kate Ramos, Galveston College; Kyra Ramos, Galveston College; Donavan Reeder, Galveston College; Katherine Rivera, Galveston College; Kiara Ruiz, Galveston College; Amari Williams, Lamar University; and Leyha Williams, Howard University.

To view Melendez’s presentation, visit the Galveston College Facebook page.