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Dr. Myles Shelton

Galveston College extends remote learning through Oct. 8

The following message was sent today via email from President Myles Shelton to Galveston College students, faculty and staff:

Campus Community:

As you are aware, Galveston College announced a shift to remote instruction for the first three weeks of classes of the fall 2021 semester because of a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County, the City of Galveston, and on the Galveston College campus. Since that time, COVID-19 cases in the United States have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter. Here in Galveston County, more students and staff members in our local school districts have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this semester than did during the entire first semester of 2020.

Extension of Remote Learning for Three Weeks
While we had hoped to have better news to share and to return to in-person learning here at Galveston College on Monday, Sept. 20, the continued surge in COVID-19 cases, coupled with a strain on our local healthcare resources, necessitates that we continue to scale back the number of students, classes, and employees on campus. This means that the majority of our on-campus classes will continue to operate remotely for at least three more weeks through Friday, Oct. 8. During the weeks ahead, we will continue to monitor and assess our operational plans and protocols. It remains our intention to return to on-campus learning this semester.

As they did during the first three weeks of classes, students enrolled in technical and professional programs that require hands-on instruction will continue to come to campus for in-person laboratories and instruction. These programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

Associate Degree Nursing
Certified Nurse Assistant (Continuing Education)
Computed Tomography
Computer Network System Administration
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Electrical & Electronics Technology
Emergency Medical Services
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Instrumentation Technology
Law Enforcement Academy
Logistics
LVN/EMT-P Transition to Associate Degree Nursing
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology
Medical Administration
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Patient Care Technology (CE)
Phlebotomy (CE)
Radiation Therapy Technology
Radiography
Surgical Technology
Vocational Nursing
Welding Technology

Specific information regarding laboratories and/or clinicals for technical programs requiring face-to-face, hands-on training will be provided by the individual program directors and/or instructors.

Dual-credit classes will continue to meet as scheduled and will follow all health and safety protocols as established by each school district.

Vaccinations and Vaccination Opportunity and Incentive Program
With the full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the FDA, we strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone in our campus community. The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents recently approved a vaccination opportunity and incentive program for current students, faculty, and staff at Galveston College. The program is being funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Participating students will receive a $200 gift certificate to the Galveston College Bookstore. Current full- and part-time employees as of Aug. 30 will receive a one-time incentive of $300, which will be included on the November payroll. Information concerning the vaccination opportunity and incentive program is available at https://gc.edu/vaccination-opportunity-and-incentive-program/.

We know that vaccination is the best way each of us can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community against the effects of COVID-19 and its Delta variant. We hope this incentive program will encourage students, faculty, and staff who haven’t been vaccinated to avail themselves of the opportunity.

Facial Coverings/Face Masks
For students, faculty, staff, and visitors coming to campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance and safety protocols to help us protect each other from COVID-19. The latest information from the CDC essentially states that due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals alike should wear facial coverings/face masks indoors in high-transmission areas. And all of Galveston County has been determined to be a high-transmission area. These recommendations are in addition to the recommendations concerning social distancing, hand washing, and other healthy hygiene habits.

Based on the Governor of Texas’s most recent Executive Order concerning COVID-19, we cannot currently require the wearing of masks on campus; however, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to accept personal responsibility and commit to wearing a mask or facial covering while on campus. In doing so, you are protecting yourself and others.

COVID-19 Reporting
As in previous months, students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19, who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive, or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are required to self-report. Additional information concerning COVID-19 and the form to self-report can be found at https://gc.edu/coronavirus-report/.

Thank you for your efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 within our campus community. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is paramount. We appreciate your patience, resilience, cooperation, and support, as we continue to respond to the pandemic and to fulfill the mission of Galveston College.

Sincerely,

W. Myles Shelton
President

News Update

Galveston College to keep COVID-19 precautions in place

After consulting with state and local health officials and reviewing Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommendations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety protocols, Galveston College has determined all current college COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of facial coverings/masks, temperature checks and health screenings, will remain in place at Galveston College for the time being.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order regarding the mask mandate and opening Texas businesses 100 percent, effective Wednesday, March 10, allows each business, as well as each college and university, to determine its best and safest path forward.

College officials have determined that the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while working to achieve the mission and purposes of the college will continue to be the highest priority during this pandemic. The college is dedicated to creating a campus environment that is as safe as possible and minimizes the spread of COVID-19.

And as the pandemic is not over, college officials, in accordance with Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order which stressed personal responsibility, encourage each person to continue to practice individual safety measures while on the Galveston College campus, including the wearing of a mask or facial covering, practicing social distancing and washing/sanitizing hands frequently. Those who are ill should stay home. And, when invited to do so, get the vaccine.

Please visit the Galveston College COVID-19 website for updates at https://gc.edu/coronavirus/.

Carmen Kosinski

Galveston College Nursing students volunteer at mass vaccination clinic

Galveston College Nursing students are obtaining extremely valuable clinical experience this semester assisting the Galveston County Health Department and UTMB Health in administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the county’s drive-through mass vaccination clinic coordinated by the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management and the Office of County Judge Mark Henry at Walter Hall Park in League City.

On Feb. 3, students in Associate Degree Nursing Instructor and Simulation Lab Coordinator Joan Moss, RN, MSN, CHSE’s class volunteered at the clinic.

On Feb. 5, students in Jeff Eubank, RN, MSN’s ADN class volunteered.

The students will continue to volunteer throughout the semester.

Above: Galveston College Nursing student Carmen Kosinski administers a vaccination at the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management mass vaccination clinic in League City.

Seibel Spring Flowers

Galveston College announces plans for summer classes

Galveston College President Myles Shelton announced today that all May mini-semester and summer credit and noncredit classes will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online but can be delivered face to face in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Examples of programs that may require hands-on or face-to-face instruction include shop, laboratory and clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, welding and other applied technology areas.

“During the rapidly changing circumstances of the last several weeks, our country, state and community took actions that were designed to protect us from COVID-19,” Dr. Shelton said. “It was no different at Galveston College, as we worked to create the opportunities for teaching and learning to continue while also working to keep students, faculty, staff and the community safe during this pandemic.”

On March 23, all classes at Galveston College moved online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Academic and student support services, such as the library, tutoring, counseling and advising, admissions, registration and financial aid, also are offered online, by telephone and by email.

“I want to commend our students, faculty and staff for their flexibility, adaptability and perseverance this semester,” Dr. Shelton said. “I am especially proud of our students, as they have continued in their studies and have committed to completing their programs of study even in the face of the hurdles and curves that they have encountered as a result of COVID-19. I commend their strength and their courage.”

The college will begin to reopen the campus on May 18 on a limited basis for students who need to complete clinical training and laboratory assignments in technical programs or technical courses.

“We will be working to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials,” Dr. Shelton said.

All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, as students, faculty, staff and visitors enter the buildings, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19.

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, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online throughout the summer. In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

On June 1, limited in-person admissions, financial aid and registration services will be available on campus. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online. Faculty and staff, where possible, will continue to work remotely until July 31.

“Although we are looking forward to August, the fall semester, and a return to the normal operations of the college, we know that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve and change on almost a daily basis,” Dr. Shelton said.

For Dr. Shelton’s complete update to the campus community, please visit the Galveston College website at gc.edu.

Galveston College Beacon at Sunset

Campus Update from President Myles Shelton

During the rapidly changing circumstances of the last several weeks, our country, state, and community took actions that were designed to protect us from COVID-19. And it was no different at Galveston College as we worked to create the opportunities for teaching and learning to continue while also working to keep you safe during this pandemic. Not that long ago, all classes at Galveston College moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. And now, as we approach the end of the spring semester and as we look forward to the summer and fall semesters, it is time for us to consider and make decisions about our next steps as we seek to continue to confront COVID-19 and to work to make sure that teaching and learning continue at Galveston College in the safest way possible.

 

However, before we talk about next steps, I first want to commend you, our students, our faculty, and our staff for your flexibility, your adaptability, and your perseverance this semester. I want you to know that I am proud of our faculty and staff as they have continued to work to help you, our students, succeed. And to our students, I am especially proud of you as you have continued in your studies and as you have committed yourselves to completing your programs of study even in the face of the hurdles and curves that you have encountered as a result of COVID-19. I commend your strength and your courage.   #GCStrong

 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with state and local directives, and out of our continuing concern for you, our students, faculty, and staff, we announce the following decisions for all May mini-semester and summer classes (credit and Continuing Education classes).

 

All May mini-semester and summer classes (both credit and noncredit) will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online, but can be delivered face to face in accordance with CDC guidelines. Examples include shop, laboratory, and/or clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and other applied technology areas.

 

Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online through May. Then, one week prior to the beginning of the first summer session, limited in person admissions, financial aid, and registration services will be available on campus. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online.

 

For the early part of the summer and continuing through July 31, employees where possible will continue to work remotely. For those individuals who must come to campus and/or work from campus, the College will allow flexible schedules and/or shifts, as approved by the immediate supervisor and the vice president responsible for that area of the College.

 

Beginning on Monday, May 18, as we begin to reopen the campus for students who need to complete clinicals and laboratory assignments in technical programs or technical courses, we will be working to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines as well as the directives of state and local officials. All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering, as appropriate. (See FAQs for additional information concerning facial masks or face coverings.) In addition, as students, faculty, staff, and visitors enter the facilities, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19. 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, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

Although we are looking forward to August, the fall semester, and a return to the normal operations of the College, we know that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve and change on almost a daily basis. Consequently, we must plan for classes as scheduled in the fall and for normal operations while at the same time planning for the hurdles and curves that COVID-19 might still throw at us.

 

As we begin the process of reopening the campus and before I close this letter, let me again say how proud I am of each of you. And, although this is just the first stage in the reopening process, I know the Galveston College family is strong and up to the challenges of these uncertain times. I know our faculty and staff are continuing to help you, our students, succeed. And I am confident that you, our students, will continue to be strong and courageous as you work to continue your studies.   #GCStrong

 

Regards,

 

Dr. W. Myles Shelton

President

Galveston College