News Stories for the week


Galveston College staff preparing for the Open House at the Learning Resource Center set for Thursday, August 31, are from left (standing) Dr. Alan Uyehara, Dean of Workforce and Learning Resources; Robert Taylor, Media Specialist; Hazel Ellis, Technical Services Librarian; Belinda Bales, Administrative Assistant; and Jennifer Willis-Opalenik, Instructional Designer.  Seated from left are Michelle Mackey, Assessment Coordinator and Gracie Otin, Reference Librarian.

Academic and support services available at Galveston College’s LRC

The mission of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is to “provide academic and support services to the student learner through instructional technology, resources, and outreach.” As such, the following facilities/services are available through the LRC:

  • David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library - Open to the public, the library has over 30,000 books – both hard copy and online. Special services include Library Instruction (LI) sessions and Student Library Workshops designed to acquaint students with the library’s resources needed for course work and research and to help students develop information literacy skills.
  • Computer Lab and Cyber Café - This area provides Galveston College students with access to multiple computer workstations, internet access, and printers.
  • Tutoring Center – Free tutoring to all Galveston College students is available on a drop-in basis at the Tutoring Center. Services provided include assistance with homework and developing good study habits.
  • Testing Center – Certification, licensure tests, make-up exams, and Virtual College of Texas, as well as Nursing Entrance exams are examples of services offered.
  • Distance Education – Available both online and through video telecourses, this program enables students to structure their education around their work and family schedules. Distance Education staff is available on site to assist as needed.
  • Continuing Education – This division showcases professional training programs that provide skills and knowledge that enhance one’s employment and career development.
  • Media Services – Audio/Visual, computer, and photography equipment, as well as related accessories are available for both students and faculty.

To highlight available services, a special expo and open house will be held Thursday, August 31 from 9a.m - 7p.m. in the LRC at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q. New and returning students can look forward to tours, refreshments, games and prizes throughout the day-long event.  For more information, call the Center at 409-944-1240, or visit on line at

Nursing career program set for Wednesday, September 6

The Galveston College Nursing Department is hosting an information program and anyone interested in learning about career opportunities in nursing is urged to attend. The meeting will be held at the College, 7p.m.,Wednesday, September 6 in Room M220, 4015 Avenue Q. Nursing faculty and staff will provide information about nursing as a career, as well as specifics on how to enroll in the programs – including RN, LVN, and Transition. Attendees can expect to learn the job description(s), different levels of nursing available, and application process. Presently, the College offers both an Associate Degree Nurse (RN) and certification – Certified Nurse Aid and Vocational Nurse – each providing the foundation for a Bachelors and post graduate degree. Noted Lillian Barron, Director Nursing Programs for Galveston College, “Nursing is one of the few programs that allow new graduates the  opportunity to walk right out of school and into a wide selection of job opportunities.  Once the graduate passes the nursing licensure test, their skills are transferable anywhere in the world.”    The nursing advisor is available now to answer questions of prospective students in Office R 268. Call 409-944-1379 for more information or visit online at .

New Student Success Center to provide enhanced assistance and services to students

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District (Galveston College) recently approved funds for the expansion, renovation, and relocation for a new Student Success Center. Once completed this fall, the facility will feature an “all-service” center large enough to service up to 50 students at one time who can take advantage of full-service tutoring, computer work stations for self-paced tutorials, and job skills and student success workshops. Explained Dr. Phyllis Mingus Pepin, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Student Services, “Through our partnership and commitment to the Mayor’s Work Force Development Challenge – “Galveston Works!”, we have identified that one of the most critical needs for our local students today is not only offering courses that lead to employment, but having the ability to provide the resources and needed assistance for our students to develop ‘life skills’.  This means we are providing workshops and faculty to teach students – young and old; now in the work force or getting ready to enter the workforce – basic work ethics and life skills –e.g. achieving a healthy lifestyle, learning organizational skills, and developing their motivation to work.” The Student Success Center, to be located across from the Atrium on the first floor in the main building, 4015 Avenue Q, was partially funded through a Department of Education Title V grant.

Filing deadline September 1 for Galveston College special election

Filing deadline is September 1 for the upcoming special election to fill the vacancy of Regent Phyllis Moore who has resigned. The election will be held in conjunction with the general election, November 7.  All interested persons may obtain an application at the College in Room M-202, 4015 Avenue Q, during regular business office hours - 8a.m.-5p.m., Monday-Friday.  Once completed, the applications must be returned to the same address no later than 5p.m. Friday, September 1.  For more information, call the Office of the President at 409-944-1200.