News Stories for the Week



Jeff Sjostrom, president of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership, was a keynote speaker at the recent Galveston College General Assembly. Visiting with Sjostrom (middle) at the Assembly were (from left) Dr. Alan Uyehara, Wendy Allen, Dr. Phyllis Pepin, and Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, President of Galveston College.

G.E.D.P. and Galveston College establish partnership

The Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP) and Galveston College recently joined forces to enhance and create more effective ways to improve workforce issues in Galveston.  To accomplish this goal, the College has assigned Wendy Allen, Continuing Education Division, Customized Workforce Training Account Executive, to coordinate the program with the GEDP. Customized Workforce Training can be offered and taught on-site at any local Galveston company.  It can be tailored to the creation of a new class or to enhance and/or improve the existing workforce skills of a company’s employees. Examples of training presently offered to the GEDP include ED-101 workshops. For more information about the program and curriculum, contact Allen at 409-944-1339, email to, or visit

Galveston College and City of Galveston announce new partnership

The City of Galveston and Galveston College have just announced a new partnership that will provide Computer Training for City of Galveston employees. For the past several months, the College and the City have been working together to finalize this partnership and it was approved September 1.  As such, City employees are now eligible to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Basic Computer Skills. These classes, offered through the Continuing Education Division at Galveston College, began September 5 and will run through November 15. This training opportunity was coordinated by Sheryle Jackson, Customer Account Executive with the College’s Continuing Education Division; Carolyn Cox, City of Galveston Human Resources Director; and Jose Sanchez, Employee Relations Specialist.  Prior to implementation of this training, these three individuals first identified and established that Computer Training was the priority educational need to be addressed.   For more information about on-site training instruction, contact the C.E. Division at 409-944.1344 or online at .

Galveston Chamber of Commerce and Galveston College partner on class offerings

Through a newly-formed partnership between the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and Galveston College, Chamber members can now take classes at the College at a special price. Classes available this fall semester include Introduction to Accounting for the Non- Accountant, Introduction to Microcomputers and Windows, Introduction to Excel XP, QuickBooks, and Introduction to Public Speaking.  For more information call 409-944-1344 or visit online at

Each of these partnerships has been established in support of the Mayor’s Work Force Development Challenge – “Galveston Works!”

Continuing Education classes available to improve your business

For business owners eager to upgrade and improve their business, Galveston College’s Continuing Education Division is offering such timely courses as QuickBooks accounting software. This program would be ideal for a small to medium-sized business that wants to achieve a more hands-on approach to handling their company’s finances. A sequel of classes is suggested that include Introduction to Accounting for the Non- Accountant and Introduction to Excel XP, as well as other important courses.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education Division at 409-944-1344 or on line at