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Skills Development Fund Grant Award Announcement by the Texas Workforce Commission at Galveston College on Monday, Aug. 20

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions partners with Galveston College for $60,926 job-training grant


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions has partnered with Galveston College to provide job training using a $60,926 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

“The partnership between Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Galveston College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 34 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on transportation and warehousing. Trainees will include accessory installers, body shop supervisors and inspectors. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $19.58.

“We are fortunate to have a state-supported Skills Development Fund that provides local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and their workers to increase skill levels and wages,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “We are so excited to be one of the 2018 grantees for this initiative to provide training opportunities for our partner WWS right here in Galveston.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Texas Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium.

Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.


Above: Julian Alvarez (fourth from left), commissioner representing labor with the Texas Workforce Commission, presents Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Galveston College with a check for $60,926 Monday for skills development training. Present for the ceremony were (from left) Regent Ray Lewis, JoeAnn Nicholas and Dr. Rebecca Stout of Galveston College Continuing Education, Elise Noordam and Tracy Murillo with WWS, President Dr. Myles Shelton with Galveston College, Kristina DeWitty with Texas Workforce Solutions and Regent Armin Cantini. Galveston College is currently working with WWS to help upskill 34 people in jobs in logistics in the Port of Galveston. Employees are working to receive their MSSC certification in logistics, along with technical training for handling BMW’s cars, OSHA safety and business leadership training.  Funding for this program was awarded by TWC and the Skills Development Fund.

Saltwater Fishing Club Bake Sale

The Saltwater Fishing Club at Galveston College will have a bake sale on Thursday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Moody Hall.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit club activities.

welding project at galveston college

Welding project showcases layout and fabrication skills

Galveston College Welding program director James Love has a challenging assignment for students enrolled in his second semester class, Introduction to Layout and Fabrication.

Students are required to construct a 4-inch by 4-inch carbon steel cube with a precise 2-inch cutout on all six sides.

Love explained this intricate project gives him the opportunity to teach students how to create a layout plan with detailed measurements on paper, followed by transferring the layout from paper to the actual material.

Students learn about tolerances, which are the amount of error permitted on a project. On the cube project, a one-eighth-inch tolerance is accepted.

Students also learn how to make allowances for kerf lines, which are the amount of material taken off during the cutting process.

Take-offs are another critical factor where students are expected to accurately deduct the thickness of the materials in their calculations.

Students learn three different types of cutting processes and are given the choice of what cutting process to use.

Grinding follows to ensure a smooth finish and then pieces are assembled.

Students weld up all seams of the cube using one of four processes: shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding or gas metal arc welding.

UnGala II Cabaret Au Lapin Agile – No Regrets Paris

Galveston College’s UnGala II Cabaret Au Lapin Agile-No Regrets Paris will thrill Islanders and near-Islanders alike on Saturday, October 14 at Galveston College. The event is planned for the College’s main campus in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m.

The magnificent Music Box Theater-Houston, professional performing arts troupe will perform custom-tailored music and comedy for the lucky 200 ticket holders who purchase tickets.  It will be a “Port of Possibilities” songfest in almost every language ever spoken on Galveston Island and a few bawdy sea shanties for good measure.

The troupe will entertain with songs from the powerful contemporary musical Hamilton and other great American theatrical scores. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, inarguably the most romantic haute cuisine on the Island, at renowned Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will provide this year’s unequaled dining experience. Galveston College Culinary Arts students will work closely with master chefs for the College event. The UnGala Planning Group holds secrets close but there is a Cityscape and Country Day venue starting along about dusk plus entertainment and great food. And maybe a live auction trip or two to places that Francophiles love! Quebec? Montreal? New Orleans? Or even a Mediterranean cruise?

UnGala II is dedicated in memory of Galveston College Regent, George Black. Black was a powerful champion for the College’s upcoming Nursing and Health Sciences Building. This fundraiser is being held in honor of his generous heart and loving spirit.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please call the Development Office at 409-944-1303 or 409-944-1306. You may also call the College’s Business Office at 409-944-1362.

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"No Regrets" Level5000.00 USDIncludes seating for 8 at table.  Includes 2 bottles of wine.  Organization featured on and linked to Development/Foundation & Grants website.  Featured on social media sites.  Mentioned in UnGala-related communication with Chamber of Commerce and all media outlets.  Full-Page Column in Program
"Agile Rabbit" Level2500.00 USDIncludes seating for 8 at table.  Includes bottle of wine.  Organization featured on and linked to Development/Foundation & Grants website.  Featured on social media sites.  Mentioned in UnGala-related communication with Chamber of Commerce and all media outlets.  Half-Page Mention in Program