Galveston College officially kicked off the construction phase of the new 64,000-square-foot, three-story Health Sciences Education Center on June 16, 2022 during a groundbreaking ceremony at the College’s Main Campus.


“Galveston College’s new Health Sciences Education Center will benefit our students by enriching their learning experience and the quality of their education,” said Galveston College President W. Myles Shelton. “With this new facility, Galveston College will be able to better train a highly skilled nursing and health care workforce for Galveston Island and Texas.”


Galveston College’s current health care programs include Nursing, Computerized Tomography (CT), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Healthcare Management.


“Over the past 30 years, the health care industry has been greatly changed by technological advances,” said Galveston College Board of Regents Chair, Karen Flowers. “After years of planning and assessment, the Galveston College Board of Regents determined that a new Health Sciences Education Center is vital for faculty, students, and today’s essential instructional technology.”


The construction phase of Galveston College’s Health Sciences Education Center is scheduled to be completed in fall 2023. The total cost of the project is $31 million.


“Leaders from the Board of Regents and the Galveston College Foundation Board are committed to fundraising to off-set the expense of the new construction on campus,” said Galveston College Foundation Chair, Keith McFatridge. “To achieve this project, the support of the entire community is needed. Philanthropic support will ensure that the burden of the costs do not fall squarely on the shoulders of either the Galveston taxpayer or the Galveston College student.”


McFatridge and his wife, Marilyn, announced they have pledged to donate $50,000, in honor of their parents, to the new Health Sciences Education Center.


“This ceremony is a symbol of how this building will help Galveston thrive and grow by training a skilled, educated workforce,” said McFatridge. “I am proud to be a part of this effort, and I look forward to the day when the new building is open and students walk through its doors.”