Category: Workforce Program

Galveston College celebrates 7th full-time Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the five graduates of Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 7D filed into the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Wednesday, Dec. 15, to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement pledge.

Crystal Robinson, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies.

Following the presentation of the colors by the Galveston Police Department Honor Guard and the National Anthem, Robinson introduced Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Guest speaker Sheriff Henry Trochesset of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office commended the cadets for choosing a career in law enforcement.

“This is not just a job; this is a career,” Sheriff Trochesset shared with the graduates. “If you don’t have the heart to make tough decisions … to do what’s right … it’s going to be tough to wake up in the morning to want to come to work. You have to have the heart to want to do it.”

Graduates included Jovani Herrera, Jackson Krueger, William Osteen, Kyle Post and Ernesto Ramos.

Graduating Cadet Jackson Krueger was named class valedictorian for top academic achievement. The presentation of special awards also included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Kyle Post.

Cadet Class 3D instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Atkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Director Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Officer Brandon Bonhert, Galveston Police Department; Officer Patrick Brosch, Galveston Police Department; Assistant District Attorney Shawn Connally, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Cpl. J. Creech, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Mark Davis, Galveston Police Department; Officer Geoffrey Gainer, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Ashton Gill, Galveston Police Department; Chief Chris Harrison, Galveston Fire Department; Officer Josh Henderson, Galveston Police Department; Lt. Margo Idhe, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Officer K. Mach, Port of Galveston; Lt. Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Det. Geovanny Martinez, Galveston Police Department; Det. Thomas Murdock, Galveston Police Department; Officer James O’Donnell, Galveston Police Department; Officer Leroy Puga, Galveston Police Department; Officer Vincent Ramirez, Port of Galveston; Assistant District Attorney William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; District Attorney Jack Roady, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Agent S. Saldivar, Texas ABC; Det. Michelle Sollenberger, Galveston Police Department; and Officer Miguel Zapata, Texas A&M University Police Department.

More than 430 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officer certification.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy day and evening programs, contact Crystal Robinson, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or crobinson@gc.edu.

Above: Galveston College on Dec. 15 celebrated its latest full-time Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony. Top photo: Graduates Jovani Herrera, Jackson Krueger, William Osteen, Kyle Post and Ernesto Ramos are pictured with Law Enforcement Academy instructor Bart Stephenson.

Doreen Bridges

Doreen Bridges is new Quickstart+ grant navigator at Galveston College

Galveston College recently named Doreen Bridges as grant navigator for the Galveston College Quickstart+ program, a position that provides mentorship and assists students in connecting their academic, personal and professional goals to achieve the ultimate objective of employment.

Bridges started her career in higher education as a student worker while earning an Associate of Arts in Education degree. She continued to the University of Houston-Clear Lake for a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She then completed her Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Education from Grand Canyon University. Her original plan was to teach middle school, but she found her niche in advising. She said it was an opportunity for her to make a difference in helping others achieve academic and professional success.

As grant navigator for the Quickstart+ program, Bridges has already developed relationships with the local community and businesses for both student employment and outreach.

“We are excited to have Doreen on our Continuing Education team here at Galveston College,” said Dr. Rebecca Stout, director of Continuing Education. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience in working with students to our Quickstart+ program, and will be a great asset to the college in mentoring students and networking with businesses and community organizations in our region.”

Bridges is available to guide students through the process of completing the Quickstart+ program and to speak with community organizations, corporations and church groups about the free training program.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, 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 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 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 grant navigator and bring the required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/cefree/ and contact Bridges at dbridges@gc.edu.

Mae Francis

Student success seminar on ‘Communicating with Tact and Diplomacy’ is Nov. 12

Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will continue its fall Student Success Seminars series on Friday, Nov. 12, at 12 p.m. with a presentation titled “Communicating with Tact and Diplomacy” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.

The seminar will be located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the main campus and is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public.

“At a recent event, Crystal Lovelady-Jackson, workforce development advisor for Royal Dutch Shell Company, explained the ability to communicate is the most critical skill when considering the success of Shell’s current and new employees,” said Sharon Pagan, Galveston College student success advisor. “Mae Francis will teach students the do’s and don’ts of professional communication essential in today’s world of work.”

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 Sharon Pagan at 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.

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.

Galveston College workforce programs career fair postponed

Out of an abundance of caution and for the well-being of the campus community, a decision has been made to postpone the Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair originally scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

College officials were notified today that a faculty member and a student at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center tested positive for COVID-19. The college is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for institutions of higher education, as well as state and local health and safety recommendations, in its decision making.

The career fair will be rescheduled for a date to be announced in the future.

For more information about the Workforce Programs Career Fair, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at (409) 944-1401 or mchrichlow@gc.edu.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy accepts applications through July 21

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy will accept applications for admission for 2021-2022 through July 21.

The college’s seventh full-time day program will run Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one semester. Classes begin July 26. Graduation will be in December 2021.

The academy’s 35th evening program will run Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 2. The program runs for two semesters. Graduation is set for May 2022.

More than 450 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join county law enforcement agencies and police departments across Texas.

The 740-hour law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking certification as a Texas peace officer from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE.)

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Crystal Robinson, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or crobinson@gc.edu or instructor Bart Stephenson at (409) 944-1263 or bstephenson@gc.edu.

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northen Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at https://gc.edu/criminal-justice-law-enforcement.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Graduates of Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 6D include (front row from left) Wesley Divine, Britnni Love, Meghan Bilbrey and Felicia Barrienties, (back row from left) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andy Duhon, Zachary Williams, Sam Kayal and Crystal Robinson, program director of the Law Enforcement Academy.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 34

Graduates of Class 34 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row from left) Benjamen Cohan, Keren Chapman, Reynol Lopez, Kevin Anderson, Shamael Ruiz, Law Enforcement Academy Program Director Crystal Robinson, (back row) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andrew Moffet, Alyssa Dale, Geria Brown, Johnathan Aucoin, John Perry, Wesley Hurt and instructor Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Galveston College Logistics program information session is July 13

Are you interested in being part of one of the largest employment sectors in Texas? Is a career in logistics and supply chain management right for you? Would you like more information about the new associate degree and certificates in logistics at Galveston College?

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend an information session hosted by Galveston College Logistics Program Director John Rydlund on Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in the Galveston College Cheney Student Center Seibel Wing, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Rydland will discuss the job outlook for logistics careers, highlight the program offered at Galveston College and go over important steps to enroll. He also will discuss the dual-credit program offered at Ball High School, share information on important industry certifications and provide insight on career advancement opportunities for those already in the field.

Crucial to the supply chain of any business, logistics involves the timely delivery of freight and goods from one place to another, as well as the unloading and unpacking of this cargo. Whether by land, air or sea, Galveston, Houston and the Gulf Coast region offer an impressive array of logistical and distribution channels to move goods around the country and the world. Houston is also home to the No. 1 foreign trading port in the U.S. by tonnage and the largest container port on the Gulf Coast making this a capital of global trade.

The Galveston College Logistics program covers the foundational areas of logistics and supply chain and develops students’ abilities to think critically and solve real-world problems. Students learn negotiation tactics and receive exposure to supply chain analytics, both desirable skills for employers.

A two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced certificates are available.

For more information, contact Rydlund at (409) 944-1318 or jrydlund@gc.edu.

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

Galveston College ADN program celebrates National Nurses Month with research presentations

Since the founder of modern nursing and social reformer Florence Nightingale appeared in the spotlight, nurses have been celebrated in many different ways during the month of May.

First-year Associate Degree Nursing students at Galveston College once again excelled in the annual research presentation competition during National Nurses Month.

Groups were assigned a topic that allowed for the use of material from class lectures, labs, study resources and nursing research within the last five years.

The students studied evidence-based practice in regard to nutrition and patient-centered care, and they worked in teams to enhance specific skills. This included fostering oral and written communication skills that will be used upon completion of the program and in the real world of nursing.

Those placing in the research competition and their topics included the following:

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

First Place​: “Electrolytes” by Brittany Moran, Jasmin Hernandez Garcia and Priscilla Becerril.

Nursing 
Research Presentation - Second Place

Second Place: “DASH-ing Your Way to a Healthy Heart” by Laura Guerrero and Sarah Cano.

Nursing Research Presentation - Third Place

Third Place: “Cancer Diet” by Preston Huff, Kristina Harclerode and Cheronda Freeman.

Honorable​ Mentions:

Honorable Mention 1

“Eating Disorders” by Margaret Bishop and Megan Minesinger.

Honorable Mention 2

“Tube Feeding” by Mariah Ruiz, Mikaela Vasquez and Imerie Kelley.

Honorable Mention 3

“American Diabetes Association” by Carmen Kiosk, Kinara Gibson Nunes, Brijha Gibson Nunes and Pamela Nigh.

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.