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Paul Mendoza, Coordinator, Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy, pictured next to the College’s booth at the recent Southwest Food Expo in Houston.
Galveston College will host the ERS Summer Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, August 2 from 10am-1pm in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Building – 4015 Avenue Q. Any ERS member residing in Galveston County is urged to attend this informative meeting. A 45-minute presentation will be given at 10.30am by an ERS representative discussing Summer Enrollment and Plan Year 2007 highlights. Representatives from Medco, CitiStreet, Aetna, and GEHA are scheduled to participate, as well as representatives from such health plans as HealthSelect and as appropriate, HMO’s. ERS members who need to make changes in their benefits are especially encouraged to attend.
The Culinary Arts Academy at Galveston College was a recent exhibitor in the Southwest Food Service Expo held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Over 300 food, beverage, and restaurant-supply companies, colleges, industry-related companies, and organizations participated including the Coca Cola Company, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Borden Milk Company, Pioneer (Baking Products), Texas Beef Council, Blue Bell Creameries, and colleges/universities including the Culinary Institute of America, Texas Tech, Art Institute of Houston, San Jacinto College, and Houston Community College. An estimated 27,000 attended the three-day Expo, June 25-27. Coordinator for the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy is Paul Mendoza. Mendoza noted that there was an incredible variety of vendors ranging from spice companies, bakeries, and coffee vendors, to linen, shoe, and uniform companies.
Galveston College attendees had the opportunity to attend educational sessions such as “Beef on the Modern Menu” and “Public Relations Versus Advertising” as well as the Culinary Showcase and Rising Stars competition that focused on the creativity and skills of both celebrity chefs and outstanding culinary students. “As an educator of future culinary professionals, this Expo provided us with a renewed enthusiasm and high expectations for this profession and for the incredible variety of career opportunities available to current - and future – students attending our Culinary Arts Academy. We learned first hand that the possibilities are endless for the culinary arts graduate. Not only do restaurants and hotels offer career opportunities, but we learned that cruise ships, airlines, casinos, resorts/spas, hospitals, assisted-living facilities, ball parks/sports arenas, and convention centers – all have career potential for the culinary graduate.”
Currently Mendoza stated he sees a cross section of career goals among his students: some aim to own their own restaurant while others prefer to work as chefs and bakers. “We are fortunate to not only have enthusiastic and very knowledgeable instructors in our academy with two full-time and two part-time staff, but we also enjoy a very good working relationship and partnership with the local hospitality industry – i.e. hotels and restaurants - in Galveston that allows our students to work on site and gain that essential on-the-job-training.”
For those interested in this career opportunity, contact Mendoza at 409.944.1304 or visit online at http://www.gc.edu/ . Galveston College offers one-year certificates in the Culinary Arts and Culinary/Hospitality Management program as well as a two-year Associates Degree in Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management. Students can continue their education at a four- year institution such as the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel/Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.
With the price of gasoline continuing to rise, it is not surprising that automobile owners are eager to find a more economical means of transportation to and from work. For many, motorcycles have suddenly become more than a means of fun weekend recreation, the motorcycle has now become a necessary and economical means of transportation.
In response to this increase in motorcyclists on city streets and highways, Galveston College is currently offering a Texas Department of Public Safety-approved motorcycle safety training course. Designed for new motor cyclists who need -and want- to learn and practice better defensive driving skills, the class provides basic riding techniques for both the driver and passenger to ensure a safe, enjoyable ride. Currently, most insurance companies offer a discount for those cyclists who have successfully completed this course.
Classes are held every other Saturday and Sunday from 8am-6pm. Classes fill quickly. For information and to register by phone using your credit card, contact the Galveston College Continuing Education Division at 409.944.1344 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit online at http://www.gc.edu/
Early registration for the upcoming Fall semester will be July 31 through August 3; August 7 through August 10, from 8am-6pm, with payment deadline for early registration – August 18. Open registration is August 22-24, from 8.30am-7pm; August 25 from 8.30am-1pm. Both early and open registration will be held in Moody Hall, main campus, 4015 Avenue Q. For information, contact the Counseling office at 409.944.1220 or visit the website at http://www.gc.edu/