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Galveston College student is 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Oberndorf Scholar

 

Lakee Babineaux, a sophomore at Galveston College, has been named a 2017 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.

 

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. Babineaux is one of seven students selected internationally to receive the award.

 

The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf. Lou Oberndorf co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

 

Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year.

 

“Without a doubt, the Oberndorf Scholarship has a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We are grateful to the Oberndorf family for their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals.”

 

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Babineaux plans to transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work after completing her associate degree at Galveston College. She is currently vice president of the Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

 

“I would love to have a career in geriatric social work,” Babineaux said. “There are many programs for children and families; however, we don’t have as many programs for our elderly. I look forward to helping to make a difference.”

 

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

 

Students may apply now for the next round of Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships at https://www.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=3755.

 

Lakee Babineaux, pictured with Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, has been named a 2017 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.

 

2018 Culinary Arts Scholarship Luncheon

You are invited to the Galveston College 2018 Culinary Arts Scholarship Luncheon.

The students will present a garde manger buffet with a variety of appetizers and savory bites. The buffet project is the culmination of the students’ study of charcuterie products like sausages, pates and terrines, as well as smoking and curing of meats/fish, hors d’oeuvres, salads and condiments. There will be sweet items for dessert as well.

Tickets: $20

For reservations, contact Mari Macias at (409) 944-1404.

Culinary Arts students Stephen Limones and Shaylin Petteway

Galveston College Culinary Arts students to host luncheon

Student Thuy Ngo
Student Thuy Ngo works on a class project in the Culinary Arts lab at Galveston College.

Chef Paul Mendoza and his Culinary Arts students at Galveston College invite the public to join them for the spring scholarship lunch on Thursday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium of the Northen Building on the Galveston College main campus, at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

In a break from tradition, the students will present a garde manger buffet with a variety of appetizers and savory bites.

The buffet project is the culmination of the students’ study of charcuterie products like sausages, pates and terrines, as well as smoking and curing of meats/fish, hors d’oeuvres, salads and condiments.

There will be sweet items for dessert as well.

Tickets are $20, and reservations may be made by calling Mari Macias at (409) 944-1404. Proceeds help fund Culinary Arts scholarships for deserving students.

 

Galveston College Welding Program Works to Meet Demand for Skilled Labor

Victor Gomez
Victor Gomez, a third semester welding student at the Galveston College Applied Technical Center, prepares to cut stainless steel pipe in the welding lab. This is an advanced skill that requires additional practice and training, but is in high demand in the industry. Gomez is one of two Galveston College students to earn an advanced certification from the American Welding Society and earned the prestigious ExxonMobil Community College PetroChem Initiative Scholarship. A new night session of the Welding program will begin in January. To learn more call 409-944-1401.

Victor Gomez is a third semester welding technology student at Galveston College. In December he will earn his third certification, Advanced Level Two, and will begin his career as a welder.

Gomez, who is a graduate of Texas City High School, chose to pursue a technical degree at Galveston College in order to more quickly enter the workforce. “I was a good student in high school, but I wanted to find a good job fast. My uncle has been a pipefitter for almost a decade and he encouraged me to look into welding.”

Like many Galveston College students, Gomez has embraced his training and excelled at mastering the skills and curriculum taught in the Welding program. In addition to maintaining a 3.7 GPA, he earned the prestigious ExxonMobil Community College PetroChem Scholarship, and he is one of two people in his class to earn an advanced certification from the American Welding Society.

Gomez is just one of many students who have chosen to seek training in a high-demand technical field. Recently, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launched the 60x30Tx program with the goal of having 60 percent of Texans, ages 25-34, earn a certificate or college degree by 2030. In 2015, only 38 percent of young Texans earned a college degree or certificate. A 2012 report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation found that the skilled labor force in Texas could not keep up with the demand.

In Texas and nationally the need for trained welders is high. According to the National Welding Society, by 2024 the United States will need 12,870 new welders per year to keep up with demand.

“The average welder is 57 years old and the need for new, trained workers in this industry is great,” said Vera Lewis Jasper, Dean of Technical and Professional Education at Galveston College. “The goals set by 60x30Tx will help Galveston continue to build a highly skilled workforce and meet the changing needs of our community.”

“I chose welding because it is hands-on and there are lots of job opportunities out there,” said Gomez. “I have a new baby and wanted to find a career where I could earn enough to make a better life for him.”

To help students meet their academic goals, Galveston College offers a variety of services to professional and technical education students. Free tutoring and preparation for the Texas Success Initiative placement exam are available for all students as well as assistance creating a resume and looking for a job.

“I’ve already started looking for a job for when I graduate in December. I didn’t have a resume so I was really relieved that there was someone to help me make one while I was on campus every day,” said Gomez.

The Galveston College Welding Technology program will launch a new, beginners night session in January. If successful, students in the night program will earn a level one certificate by May and will have the opportunity to continue the program to earn more advanced certificates and an associate’s degree.

To learn more about the Galveston College night welding class call 409-944-1401 or go to www.gc.edu/programs-and-courses/workforce-programs/welding-technology.

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TRio Upward Bound Scholarship Recipients

TRIO Upward Bound Participants Awarded Scholarships

Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound participants Alicea Rice, Makia Golliday, and Victoria Weade were recently recognized as scholarship recipients.

TRio Upward Bound Scholarship Recipients
Pictured from Left to Right: Andrea Wiste, TRIO Upward Bound Academic Coordinator; Alicea Rice, Makia Golliday, Victoria Weade, and Priselda Perez, TRIO Upward Bound Director.

Alicea Rice received the Ashlyn Shoemaker Scholarship. Makia Golliday received the Galveston County NAACP #6180 Scholarship, Ashlyn Leigh Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship, Ivy Isle Foundation of Texas Scholarship, Marcus Joseph Netherly Memorial Scholarship, Ball High Class of 1990 Scholarship, and the Ricky Roa Memorial Scholarship. Victoria Weade received the UT Dallas Academic Excellence Scholarship, Moody Foundation Scholarship, Nick Gary Foundation Scholarship, and the Ashlyn Shoemaker Scholarship.

Each of the students have been participants in the TRIO Upward Bound program since the summer before their 9th grade year at Ball High School. They are graduating this June and will be attending various universities this Fall. Each of the students have earned dual credit hours at Galveston College and will have the opportunity to reverse articulate the courses from the university and earn an Associate degree from Galveston College prior to earning their Bachelor’s degree from the University. Alicea will be attending University of Texas- San Antonio. Makia will be attending Texas State University, and Victoria will be attending University of Texas- Dallas.

About TRiO Upward Bound Program

The Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound program is a federally funded college preparation program serving 59 first generation college students per year. It provides students with the opportunity to receive supplemental instruction, tutoring, academic, and personal advising. Students are challenged by enrolling in rigorous courses that will prepare them for college. They visit university campuses, participate in educational, cultural, social enrichment activities, and are exposed to various career opportunities.