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Galveston College to offer Hospitality certificate program at Ball High School

Galveston College will partner with the Galveston Independent School District to offer a new Hospitality certificate program designed to prepare graduates for in-demand positions in the hospitality industry.

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the Level 1 Hospitality certificate program, which will begin in fall 2022. Classes will be scheduled as face-to-face courses for dual-credit students at Ball High School and will include two internship opportunities at local hospitality employers.

In addition to the internships, courses included in the program are Introduction to Hospitality, Sanitation and Safety, Front Office Management, Hospitality Human Resources Management, and Hospitality Management and Leadership.

In other business on Wednesday, the board heard a report from Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, Shelly Downes, instructor of English, and Hong Mai, instructor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, on the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) consortium and the grant that Galveston College has received to implement projects focused on 1) improving inclusive pedagogy in the classroom and 2) improving intentional and meaningful interaction with students.

Downes said faculty are currently involved in professional development activities through the GPS projects that are designed to create a sense of belonging in the classroom for students. Mai said the projects are scheduled to be completed by June 2022.

In other action, board members

–approved a proposal to update the college’s data center core networking equipment at a cost of $294,434 with funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) grant.
–approved the purchase of equipment and professional services for virtualizing the college’s enterprise resource planning system, Colleague, at a cost of $167,310.
–approved a three-year agreement with Instructure for Canvas online learning management system support and maintenance at a cost of $160,977.96.
–approved an audio/visual refresh for distance learning on the main campus and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center at a cost of $65,177 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved the purchase of additional laptop computers to loan to students at a cost of $62,700 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved an update of the Cisco Identity Services Engine at a cost of $23,652 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved a change order to an existing contract with Ferrilli, the college’s technology services consultant, for Colleague customization at a cost of $7,000 with funding from the Title V grant.
–approved a proposal for an outdoor wireless network at a cost of $6,899 with funding from the HEERF III grant.
–approved several Policies Committee recommendations regarding the core curriculum, academic achievement, degrees and general graduation, admissions requirements and transfer of credit.
–approved an amendment to the interlocal governmental agreement for the school liaison officer program with Galveston County to include a new compensation schedule for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers on the Galveston College campus from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022.
–approved a proposal from American Mechanical Services for HVAC control system upgrades for the Mary Moody Northen Center at a cost of $88,092.32.
–approved a proposal for new landscaping at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center at a cost of $63,371.50.
–approved a Facilities Committee recommendation regarding asbestos abatement and structural demolition of a building at 4022 Avenue Q, which will enable the college to expand on-campus parking, at a cost of $14,555.
–heard a report on campus and legislative activities from President Dr. Myles Shelton.
–heard an update from Faculty Senate President Dr. Janene Davison.
–heard a Student Government Association update from Dora E. Martinez-Ruiz.
–heard an update on the college’s identity theft program by Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management.
–reviewed the unaudited year-end financial statements for fiscal year 2020-2021 and monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.