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The Leadership Galveston program sponsored by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and Galveston College has graduated over 500 professional individuals since 1984. Graduates have gone on to become elected and appointed office holders, outstanding volunteers and exemplary civic minded neighbors in the Galveston community.  The current class of eleven pictured from left to right are: Barry Hailey, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church; Joe Huff, Leadership Galveston Coordinator for Galveston College; Terrie Farmer, The House Company; Lauren Suderman, Moody National Bank; Mary Ferris, Texas A&M University Galveston; Joe Hoff, Texas A&M University Galveston; Brandon Rogers, Hometown Bank; Erin Kay, Galveston Chamber of Commerce; Cristan Ortiz, Texas Gas Service; Christine Hayes, Galveston Insurance Associates and “Doc” Bob Nelson, retired anesthesiologist. Not pictured is Johnston Farrow, Galveston Independent School District Communications Officer.

Universal Access Helps Galveston Students

Universal Access is a nationally recognized program that the community of Galveston created to provide education and training opportunities for its citizens.

Since the Fall Semester of 2001, Universal Access has ensured that every eligible graduate of a Galveston high school, home school program, and/or GED recipient has the opportunity to attend Galveston College to pursue a two year associate degree, take university transfer classes and/or receive technical training through a workforce development program.

An applicant must be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district, which includes Galveston Island and Port Bolivar for a minimum of 12 months prior to graduation or GED completion, and continue to be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district  while enrolled at Galveston College and receiving Universal Access funds.

A recipient must be a resident of the state of Texas and a United States citizen or an alien who has filed with the proper federal immigration authorities a declaration of intention to become a citizen (Texas Education Code 54.057) allowing these students to qualify for resident tuition rates.

The maximum Universal Access grant is $2,400, to be used within five years. Complete Eligibility and Participation Guidelines for the program are available on request from the Financial Aid Office and online at For more information, contact the Galveston College Foundation at (409) 944-1302.

For Financial Aid assistance, contact the Galveston College Financial Aid Office at
(409) 944-1235.

Veterans Benefits Program

The Office of Admissions assists eligible student veterans and their dependents in obtaining veterans’ educational benefits in compliance with Veterans Administration procedures and regulations. To receive veterans benefits, students must be admitted to Galveston College, enroll in a degree-seeking or certificate-seeking program and apply for Veterans Educational Benefits. Current students should visit or contact the Financial Aid Office each semester after registering for classes to verify their eligibility of benefits. For more information regarding Veterans Administration education benefits, contact the Financial Aid Office at (409) 944-1235.

Leadership Galveston Fall 2012

The purpose of Leadership Galveston is to develop leaders by providing an educational program on the needs, challenges, and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston and to provide motivation for the leadership candidates to become involved in Galveston's future.

1. Acquaint participants with Galveston's history, government, economy and resources along with the problems and challenges facing the City.
2. Offer participants the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with current leaders and decision makers.
3. Encourage program participants to actively become involved in community leadership roles.

Acceptance in the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in community affairs and concern for the future of Galveston. As civic, business and government leaders tackle current issues, a new generation of leadership is training to overcome the obstacles that face Galveston and those that will arise in the coming years. Leadership Galveston is a training ground, providing participants with the necessary skills to meet those challenges.

The Leadership Galveston 2012-2013 dates are: September 28, October 26, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 22 and April 19. All sessions are on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On February 15 the class will take a bus trip to Austin, TX to meet with legislators. The cost is $500 per registrant.

For more information call Joe Huff, Director of Institutional Advancement and the Galveston College Foundation, at (409) 944-1302 or email

Last day to register: September 14, 2012 Complete the Leadership Galveston Application and the Employer’s Certification forms ( and mail to:
Galveston College
c/o Joe Huff
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550