Category: Student Services

Mae Francis

Virtual Student Success Seminar on ‘Progressing During Difficulty’ is Thursday

Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will kick off its spring Student Success Seminars series on Thursday, March 4, at 9 a.m. with a presentation titled “Progressing During Difficulty” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.
The seminar is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. The Zoom link to the seminar is as follows:
The seminar will focus on three ideas to help students and other participants progress in troubled times:
1) Mindset about difficulty,
2) Making room for resilience and
3) Building a personal mission statement.
Francis, known best for inspiring and transferring positivity to whomever she comes in contact with, is currently the president and owner of Lookin’ Up Consulting, a training and development company that builds interactive programs, speeches and mentorships that educate and inspire professionals, as well as programs that support the emotional and social development of youth.
With more than 25 years in the field of teaching and training, Francis believes that her purpose on earth is to enhance the lives of others. She spent 19 years in the chemical industry, including five years selling plasticizers for Sterling Chemicals and 14 years as the training and development leader for Ashland Chemicals.
Francis has been certified as a trainer and coach by the Association of Training and Development and is a United States Army veteran. She studied Bible and Theology, as well as Business Administration, at St. Leo University and College of the Mainland.
Francis is an active member of the Texas City/La Marque, League City and Galveston chambers of commerce, the Association for Talent Development, and the advisory board for the College of the Mainland Petrochemical Process Technology program. She also is an active big sister for Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is the mother of one, Whitnie, and is married to Merlin.
For more information about the Student Success Seminars series, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at the Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, at mcrichlow@gc.edu.
Food for Thought

Free drive-through Food for Thought distribution for students is Feb. 17

Galveston College has announced spring 2021 distribution dates for its free drive-through Food for Thought mobile food markets for students.

Upcoming distribution dates are as follows:

· Wednesday, Feb. 17

· Wednesday, March 3

· Wednesday, March 24

· Wednesday, April 7

· Wednesday, April 21

· Wednesday, May 5

All food distributions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street.

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 all Galveston College 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.

Here are the steps to receive food:

· Bring client ID card and current student ID for the spring 2021 semester.

· Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)

· Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.

· Drive off safely after receiving food.

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 at the office at the Applied Technology Center. Students enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution 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.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or 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 Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

2021 Spring Registration at Galveston College

Spring registration is Jan. 11-13

General registration for the spring 2021 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 11 -13, in Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Returning students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu. To view the spring 2021 schedule of classes, please visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/

Students have five course-delivery options that fit their preferred learning styles and comfort levels: 

  • 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 internet instruction, or
  • a combination of the options.

 Not all classes are offered in all course-delivery methods. 

To meet with an adviser, contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or schedule an appointment on the QLess app on a mobile phone or on the kiosks in Moody Hall to avoid the wait. 

Financial aid and Galveston College scholarships are available. Contact the Galveston College Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu or visit gc.edu/financial-aid for information. 

For more information on admission to Galveston College, write to admissions@gc.edu. For information on registration, call (409) 944-4242 or email advising@gc.edu.

College Foundation announces endowment of Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts

The Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors has announced the creation of the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts endowment at Galveston College.

The new scholarship will foster the development of aspiring culinary arts professionals enrolled at Galveston College. The first recipients of the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts will be announced in spring 2021.

“The Vandy I knew loved good food. You could frequently find him along with his food enthusiast friends enjoying the culinary achievements of all his favorite restaurants. This scholarship honors Vandy’s love for Galveston’s culinary gastronomic community and those that chose to take up that life’s work. The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy scholarship means that students will be able to pursue their dreams and our local hospitality industry will have a skilled workforce,” said Jeri Kinnear, chair of the Galveston College Foundation.

Ann Anderson, Vandy Anderson’s sister, said she is thrilled and grateful to everyone in the community who supported the family in establishing the endowed scholarship.
“We are so honored by the establishment of this scholarship that lovingly will be named after Vandy, to whom education, history and the island were so very important,” Anderson said. “By supporting culinary student talent, this scholarship will celebrate our Vandy’s passion for life, support for education, and love of family and community – not to mention a fine meal!”

Vandy Anderson passed away on April 16, 2016. He was 73. He started his radio career at KILE radio and would become the owner/manager of KGBC for more than 30 years. Broadcasters inducted him into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.
“Vandy served his community in numerous ways as a broadcaster, trustee, chair or adviser for organizations across Galveston until his passing,” said Paulie Gaido, retired Galveston restaurateur. “The scholarship honors his legacy in the Galveston community and his love for the people of the island.”

Gaido’s book, “Entertaining at Home with Fresh American Seafood and Exceptional American Wine,” which he wrote with his wife Mary Kay, helped raise funds locally to honor the much-beloved man known as the “Voice of Galveston” during his long tenure at KGBC.

“On behalf of our culinary arts program and our culinary students, I want to thank all of those who made this endowment possible for their generous and thoughtful gifts,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “This scholarship will honor Vandy’s memory and celebrate his passion for life, the joy of cooking and the importance of the culinary arts. We are grateful for and humbled by the Anderson family’s decision to honor Vandy in this way.”

Currently, there are several scholarships available for those interested in the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy. 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.

To make a gift to the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts or for more information about the Galveston College Foundation, please contact Dr. Van Patterson at (409) 944-1205 or vpatterson@gc.edu.

Apply now for spring 2021 graduation

Galveston College students who plan to graduate in spring 2021 can apply now in Admissions and Records by visiting their whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu.

General graduation requirements can be found in the Graduation section of the Galveston College catalog. Additional program requirements for graduation can be found under the Degree Plans and Programs of Study section of the catalog.

In addition to general course requirements, students must also meet the following requirements to be eligible to graduate from Galveston College:

  • Grade-point average must be 2.00 or higher.
  • At least 25 percent of certificate/degree requirements must be completed in residence at Galveston College.

In addition, any outstanding financial or other obligations to Galveston College will prevent the student from receiving a copy of his/her diploma. All students are strongly encouraged to visit with an advisor in the Counseling and Advising Center prior to applying for graduation to ensure all graduation requirements have been met. To make an appointment, contact advising@gc.edu. In-person, telephone and email appointments are available.

Food for Thought

Final fall Food for Thought distribution draws 79 cars to Charlie Thomas Family ATC

The last free drive-through Food for Thought food distribution for the fall semester on Nov. 17 at Galveston College drew 79 cars to the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

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.

Over the course of the semester, the program served hundreds of Galveston College students and their families by providing them with 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. All currently enrolled Galveston College students are eligible to participate.

A very special thanks to the volunteers from the Texas Army National Guard, Galveston College faculty, staff and students, and friends of the college who assisted in distributing the food this semester.

For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Galveston College Beacon

Early registration underway at Galveston College

Early registration for the spring 2021 semester is underway at Galveston College. Students are encouraged to register early to get the classes they need – when they need them. The spring semester begins Jan. 19.

Registration hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Halllll. Returning students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu.

To view the spring 2021 schedule of classes, https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/.

Students have five course-delivery options that fit their preferred learning styles and comfort levels:

  • 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 internet instruction, or
  • a combination of the options.

Not all classes are offered in all five course-delivery methods.

To meet with an advisor, contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or schedule an appointment on the QLess app on a mobile phone or on the kiosks in Moody Hall to avoid the wait.

Financial aid and Galveston College scholarships are available. Contact the Galveston College Financial Aid office at gc.edu/financial-aid for information.

Students registering now also have access to a new FACTS monthly payment plan option. Payments may be made via e-Cashier by automatic bank payment or credit card. Additional information is on the Whitecaps portal.

For more information, call (409) 944-4242 or email advising@gc.edu for details.

Why wait for spring? Register now for fall 2020

Registration underway for fall 2020 second eight weeks classes

Why wait for spring? It’s not too late to register for the fall 2020 semester at Galveston College.

Registration is open for the fall 2020 second eight weeks session, which starts Oct. 26.
General education course offerings include the following:


ARTS-1301-3700 – Art Appreciation – Stovall – Main Campus
PSYC-2301-3100 – General Psychology – Culver – Main Campus
SPCH-1315-3710 – Public Speaking – J. Davison – Main Campus

REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

In order to plan coursework, new and current students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu. Students may also visit the Counseling and Advising Center located on the first floor of Moody Hall. New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

FINANCIAL AID

Students who have not applied for financial aid for 2020-2021 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Assistance in completing the FAFSA is available at finaid@gc.edu or at the one-stop Student Services center on the first floor of Moody Hall.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

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, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.


For a copy of Galveston College’s “Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit gc.edu/coronavirus.

Register for Fall 2020 Second Start Classes

Registration underway for fall 2020 second start classes

It’s not too late to begin classes this fall at Galveston College. Registration is open for the fall 2020 second start session. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 5.

Galveston College will host Facebook Live information sessions about fall 2020 second start classes on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Visit the Galveston College Facebook page to view a session.

Admission and Registration

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

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

To search for classes, click here and select Fall 2020 and FL 2nd Start: 10/5-12/17 in the top menus.

New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

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, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.

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.  For a copy of Galveston College’s “Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit gc.edu/coronavirus.

The Beacon of Galveston College

Galveston College fall 2020 registration is Aug. 24-29

General registration for the fall 2020 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24-27, on the first floor of Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Students have five course-delivery 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.

Not all classes are offered in all five course-delivery methods.

Students can review lists of classes for each learning option at the “Your College, Your Way” site on the Galveston College website at https://gc.edu/yourcollegeyourway.

The fall course schedule includes classes in accounting, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computed tomography, cosmetology, computer and network administration, computer science, criminal justice, culinary arts, developmental studies, diagnostic medical sonography, drama, economics, education, electrical and electronics technology, emergency medical services, engineering, English, environmental science, government, health information and healthcare management.

Also, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), history, humanities, instrumentation technology, kinesiology/physical education, law enforcement, learning framework, magnetic resonance imaging, mathematics, medical administration, music, nuclear medicine, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, radiation therapy, radiography, sociology, Spanish, speech, surgical technology, vocational nursing and welding technology.

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

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

All campus areas/offices have reopened to provide in-person services.

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, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.

New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

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.

For a copy of Galveston College’s Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit gc.edu/coronavirus.