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Galveston College $3 Movie Night: “It: Chapter 2”

The Office of Student Activities at Galveston College will host a $3 Movie Night for students, faculty and staff featuring “It: Chapter 2” on Friday, Sept. 13, at Premiere Cinemas, 8902 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas. Showtime is 8:15 p.m. Students, faculty and staff should arrive by 7:45 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in the Student Affairs office in Room 110 of the Student Center by 4 p.m. the day of the show.

Pre-sale tickets are $3 for students, faculty and staff with a limit of four tickets per person with valid Galveston College student or employee ID.

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra in Student Activities at (409) 944-1234 or cparra@gc.edu.

Fall 2019 Week of Welcome

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 26 to 29 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

On Monday, Aug. 26, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Later that day, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, there will be a Game Truck Video Game Party from 3-5 p.m. in the parking area at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street. The game truck is loaded with video consoles and a massive library of video games.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Student organizations, departments, programs and community organizations will host informational tables. Come to learn more about the many ways to get involved at Galveston College. Free pizza will be served.

For more information, email activities@gc.edu, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

See you at WOW!

Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab

Galveston College joins Houston Guided Pathways to Success

Galveston College and Alvin Community College are the latest institutions to join the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) consortium, a regional collaboration of colleges and universities established in 2015 to increase college completion rates and streamline student transfer between two- and four-year institutions. The initiative helps students makes informed choices by providing academic maps, default course pathways, meta-majors, intrusive advising and more.

“I am thrilled that so many institutions see the value in partnering together to achieve student success,” said Paula Myrick Short, UHS senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I think that Houston GPS has really transformed the way we think about how students approach college, and what is the best fit for them. With each new institution that joins our ranks, there are new opportunities to learn from each other, and truly work together to tailor experiences and pathways that will work for today’s students.”

Just 40 miles south of Houston, Galveston College opened its doors in 1967 as a comprehensive community college. It currently serves approximately 2,300 students each semester in credit programs and almost 1,300 students annually in continuing education programs. It offers over 21 associate degrees and 17 certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses in English, reading, mathematics and study skills to prepare a wide discipline of students. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College, focused on the benefits to the region.

“The necessity of more individuals holding appropriate degrees or certificates is an absolute for the well-being of our regional economy. Houston GPS provides a means for achieving long-term economic health of our region,” he said. “Our primary goal for Galveston College is to help students achieve their goal of earning a degree or certificate with successful career placement or transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. This is about helping every student succeed. Houston GPS is an outstanding and efficient tool to help students reach their goals and succeed.”

Alvin Community College was established as part of the Alvin Independent School District in 1948, and remained under that jurisdiction until 1971, when it became the Alvin Junior College District. In 2016, the college was named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, and during the same year, was one of 67 in the U.S. named as part of the Second Chance Pell program, which offers scholarship assistance for incarcerated students. Its enrollment has grown from 134 students in 1949 to almost 6,000, and currently offers over 40 associate degrees, with three fully online degrees and numerous certificate programs.

“The partnership with Houston GPS has the potential to be the community college – university transfer blueprint for the state, making this region the gold standard for transfer partnerships. In addition, this partnership will help ensure that our region meets its 60×30 target goals,” said Christal M. Albrecht, president of Alvin Community College (ACC). “This partnership will provide the foundational work that ACC has accomplished in terms of transferability of courses and assure students that ACC course work will always transfer. It’s a partnership that helps to build trust between the institutions and the students.”

With the addition of these two community colleges, thirteen institutions encompassing more than 300,000 students make up the Houston GPS consortium: Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College District, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Galveston College Upward Bound at MIT

TRIO Upward Bound students visit Boston

Students in the Galveston College Upward Bound program recently visited Boston, Massachusetts, to participate in a variety of cultural and educational enrichment field trips and college tours.

While in Boston, the students toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Science.

They also attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, participated in an educational and historical harbor tour, learned the Boston subway, ate at Wahlburgers and more.

Galveston College Upward Bound, a TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, is a college preparatory program designed to serve 60 ninth through 12th grade students at Ball High School.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education by increasing the academic performance and motivation of participants.

For more information on the TRIO Upward Bound program at Galveston College, call (409) 944-1253.

Above:  Galveston College Upward Bound program students and staff members tour the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus during a recent cultural and educational enrichment field trip to Boston. For more photo highlights of the trip, click here.

Regent Armin Cantini

Galveston College Regent Armin Cantini elected to Community College Association of Texas Trustees Board of Directors

Armin Cantini was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

CCATT is a premier source of community college trustee development that provides professional education programs and governance training through regional meetings, webinars and an annual conference. The organization focuses on delivering the latest information and research on exemplary community college practices and programs.

Regent Cantini currently serves as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community College Leadership Council. He is also a past chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents where he is now serving a second six-year term.

He was a founding member of the Galveston College Foundation and its Universal Access Community Endowment almost two decades ago. In addition, Regent Cantini and his wife Gail have been ardent supporters of the Galveston College Nursing program and have endowed the Lynn Levin Cantini Nursing Assistance Fund.

In his remarks at the CCATT annual conference, Regent Cantini said he has followed the progression of the organization and is proud that working in concert with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the Association of Community College Trustees and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board everyone has come together to speak with one voice regarding community college issues in Austin and in Washington.

Galveston College Quickstart Graduates

Galveston College sets free Quickstart training programs

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning July 29 and Aug 26.

Register online at https://gc.edu/quickstart-programs.

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, 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.

In addition to job training, GalvestonCollege offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

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.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or mpowers@gc.edu. (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Recent graduates of the Galveston College Quickstart Electrical Helper training program include (standing, left to right) Quency Adams, Jenson Brunner, Collin Sempe, teacher Horace Williams IV, Keilan Navarro, D’Asia Scranton, Zulemie Perez and (kneeling, left to right) Eduardo Vazquez and Jamall Williams. Not pictured is LaMarc Graves.

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 2 (D)

2nd full-time Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 2 of its full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy May 30 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the nine graduates of Class 2 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College Vice President for Instruction, Cissy Matthews, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Matthews commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating Cadet Tait Cooper, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker District Attorney Jack Roady of Galveston County encouraged the graduates to be bold in their pursuits.

“We are the communities that you have pledged to serve and protect,” Roady said. “We are going to be looking to you on the worst days of our lives to be our strength … to be bold.”

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Sanjay Soodeen. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Tait Cooper

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Garrett Alby, Dakota Burrows, Elena Colon, Tait Cooper, Elizabeth Dobson, Mandy Hendrick, Brian Rawls, Sanjay Soodeen and Andrew Vences.

Cadet Class 2 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Sgt. Jeffrey Banks, Galveston Police Department; Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Patrick Broash, Galveston Police Department; Vancessa Cadena, Galveston Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Det. Derek Gaspark, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Susan Gibbs, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Brent Haynes, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, Jones Creek Marshal’s Office; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Kris Pompa, Galveston Police Department; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; Jackie Sanford, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; John Siverand, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villarreal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.

More than 400 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.

Above: Nine cadets graduated May 30 from Class 2 of Galveston College’s full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy. The cadets had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam. For more Law Enforcement Academy graduation photos, click here.

Dr. Tirizia York

Galveston College accepts applications for new bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management

Galveston College has begun accepting applications for admission to its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management (BAS-HCM) degree program, which will start in fall 2019.

Dr. Tirizia York, director of the program, said the purpose of the BAS-HCM program is to prepare students who already possess associate degrees in allied health fields for entry- to mid-level management positions in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, emergency medical services, public health agencies or similar organizations. The upper-level courses in the program will be delivered primarily via distance education with some face-to-face meetings each semester.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, there will be an average of 275 openings each year in the Gulf Coast Workforce Area for healthcare managers. This represents a 32 percent increase from 2014 to 2024.

Statewide predictions indicate there will be 1,070 annual job openings in this career field, which is a 29 percent increase from 2014 to 2024. All of these healthcare management positions will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The admissions criteria and program application are available on the Galveston College website at https://gc.edu/healthcare-management/. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the summer, but the priority review will begin on June 3.

32nd Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 32 of Law Enforcement Academy cadets May 15 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the eight graduates of Class 32 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and 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.

Graduating cadet Erin Shaw, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker Chief Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department asked those in attendance to observe a moment of silent in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is celebrated throughout the nation on May 15, and encouraged the graduates to continue to serve with integrity in honor of those who gave their lives in service to their communities.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Calixto Lopez. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Erin Shaw.

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Luis Camino, Michael Gonzalez, Shane Hubbard, Lindsy Jackson, Calixto Lopez, Julia Pina, Mark Posey and Erin Shaw.

Cadet Class 32 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Kara Harrison, City of Galveston; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Andre Mitchell, Galveston County Constables, Precinct 2; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; and Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s part-time 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.

 

Above: Members and instructors of Class 32 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row) Erin Shaw, (middle row) faculty member Bart Stephenson, Shane Hubbard, Mark Posey, Julia Pina, Lindsy Jackson and faculty member Sgt. Khristen New, (back row) faculty member Sgt. William Kilburn, Michael Gonzalez, Luis Camino and Calixto Lopez. For more photos from the ceremony, click here.

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