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Sharon Pagan and Joseph Terrell

Workforce Programs Career Fair is May 30

The Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair is set for Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

To date, 22 employers from the region are scheduled to participate in the event, which focuses on career opportunities for students in career-technical programs. Employers include the following:

  • Action Personnel
  • UTMB Health
  • Moody Gardens
  • The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
  • The Meridian Retirement Community
  • Orchard Park at Victory Lakes
  • Bayou Pines Care Center
  • Port of Galveston
  • TRC
  • PeopleReady
  • Turner Industries
  • Broome Welding
  • CBRE
  • Hotel Galvez and Spa
  • Advanced Refrigeration
  • Lulu’s
  • Industrial Material Corporation
  • South Coast Fabrication
  • Daikin
  • Galveston Electrical-Local Union 527

The career fair allows candidates and employers to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

Sharon Levy Pagan, Galveston College career navigator at the Applied Technology Center, is available to assist students in creating resumes by appointment.

For more information about the career fair or to schedule a resume review appointment,

call her at (409) 944-1410 or email spagan@gc.edu.

Water Plant Operator Course at Galveston College

Basic Water Works class set for June 18-22

Have you ever considered a career as a water or wastewater operator for a treatment plant?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for operators are expected to grow at a rate of 8 percent through 2022, with a wage of $16 to $22 per hour, depending on the municipality.

Many operators are nearing retirement and there is a shortage of workers to meet the demand, said Dr. Rebecca Stout, director of continuing education at Galveston College.

“If you are looking for steady work with good pay and benefits and good economic stability, this is a great opportunity to start a new career,” Stout said. “After working in the industry for two years, you can progress to additional levels of certification.”

To begin their careers, individuals must first obtain a D license. Requirements include the following:

  • high school diploma or GED and
  • completion of one of the following core classes:
    • Basic Water Works Operation or
    • Basic Wastewater Operation.

No work experience is needed, as on-the-job training is typically provided by most employers.

Basic Water Works will be offered from June 18-22 from 6-10 p.m. at Galveston College.  Selected individuals may qualify for funding at Workforce Solutions.

Under certain circumstances, individuals with criminal records may be excluded. For more information, visit https://www.tceq.texas.gov/.

Electronics Program near me

Galveston College Welcomes New Electronics Instructor

Tyree Bearden is the new program director for the Electrical and Electronics program at Galveston College.  He has a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.  He began his career as a design engineer at Intel Corporation and Motorola, Inc in the semiconductor industry where he designed semiconductors for cellular phones.  He then became an applications engineer in the electronic design automation industry where he found the passion he had for teaching, as he conducted 5-day trainings on the latest design software tool at customer sites nationwide.

After relocating to the Houston area, Bearden followed his passion of teaching by becoming a full time faculty at several institutions. He managed the demands of students and faculty, implemented curriculum changes and ensured that students received awesome customer service.  He has taught several engineering courses – such as Digital Systems, DC/AC Electronics, Integrated Circuits, Programmable Logic Controllers, C, C++, HC11 Assembly Language, HC12 Assembly Language, PIC16 Assembly Language, x86 assembly language, Capstone Project, Power Systems, and Electronic Circuit Analysis.

Bearden is a certified NCCER instructor and he is excited about serving the Galveston College students. The Electrical, Electronics and Instrumentation program at Galveston College will prepare students with the skills to install and maintain electrical devices, wiring in homes, factories and offices. The average hourly wage for graduates of the full program is over $32. For more information call 409-944-1403.