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Students participating in the new Pharmacy Technician Certification program can expect to learn how to read and interpret prescriptions as well as how to dispense prescriptions.

Three new health care programs to be offered this fall at Galveston College

In partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, Inc. (CCI), the Galveston College Division of Continuing Education is offering a variety of Health Care Professional Certification training programs this fall designed for both working adults interested in a new career and current health care professionals. For more information about programs offered by the Continuing Education Division, call 409.944.1344, or visit on line at <>

Dental Assisting Program –prepares students for entry level positions and includes both classroom and laboratory instruction. The lab sessions will give the student the “feel” of working in a dental suite in addition to learning practical procedures required to assist the dentist. This class will be offered October 17-December 14, from 6.00-9.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
EKG Technician – This comprehensive 50-hour EGK Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to be prepared to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other national certification exams. This class will be offered October 16 –December 7, from 6.00-9.30pm, Monday and Thursday.
Pharmacy Technician Certification - prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing, and reimbursement.  This class will be offered October 17- December 7, from 6.00-9.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday.

Police Academy orientation tomorrow, August 8

An orientation will be held this Tuesday, August 8, at 6.30pm. This informative meeting is for anyone who has already completed an application or is interested in enrolling in the upcoming 20th Police Academy at Galveston College.  The orientation session will be held in Room FA 321 (Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q.)   For more information, call Gladys Jones at 409.944.1263 or visit online at

Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez to be special guest at TRIO –Upward Bound Program, August 12

Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez, a former TRIO – Upward Bound Program participant from California, will be the special guest speaker at the Galveston College TRIO –Upward Bound Program banquet on Saturday, August 12.  In addition to honoring Hernandez, many of the fifty 9th-12th grade Ball High School students enrolled in this program will also be honored. Starting its fourth year this fall at Galveston College, this Department of Education federally-funded program helps to prepare students to successfully enter and graduate from college with a four-year degree.  Priselda Perez, is the Director of the Upward Bound at Galveston College.  For information, call 409.944.1254 or email

Galveston College Radiation Therapy Program recognized for its success

Over the past three years, Galveston College’s Radiation Therapy Program has enjoyed multiple levels of success and made its presence known throughout Texas. In 2003, the College’s radiation therapy students entered the student technical manuscript competition sponsored by the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists and placed first, second, and third in the competition – a feat never before accomplished. In 2004, students entered the first-ever Student Leadership competition and placed second.  In 2005, Galveston College students entered the Society’s technical manuscript writing competition and won second place. In addition since 2003, graduates of the radiation program have achieved a 100% pass rate in the American Registry of Radiologic Technology national certification exam, have collectively scored higher than the national average, and have found employment within 90 days of graduation. Director of the program is Hubert Callahan.  The Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College consists of two components: Associates of Applied Science degree and a Certificate Program for Registered Radiographers.  The program is approved and credited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology - the national regulatory agency for programs in radiation therapy and diagnostic radiography programs. Students from throughout the United States come to Galveston College for this program.  For more information about the Radiation Therapy program, contact Callahan at 409.944.1492 or visit online at

Galveston College president highlights accomplishments over past five years

Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Galveston meeting, highlighted the College’s growth and development over the past five years. Most significant, LeBlanc noted, was the transformation of Galveston College into a “Learning Community” – i.e. a college that puts “students as its first priority” and strives to be an institution that meets and exceed the needs of the 21st century learner. Combined with the goal of providing its students the opportunity of “learning a living”, Galveston College, LeBlanc continued, has increased coursework and programs available to students through the Virtual College of Texas (i.e. Internet coursework), continues to partner with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Economic Development Partnership, and the City of Galveston to create and implement course work that these entities have identified as needed in the community. Clearly, she concluded, “Galveston Island is in the middle of a transformation and Galveston College is playing an important role in that process.”