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Galveston College Continuing Education recently held a graduating ceremony honoring more than 30 City of Galveston’s Public Works Department employees that completed Basic Water Operations and Basic Wastewater Operations classes. These classes prepare students to become Certified Operators of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Completion of these classes provides eligibility to take the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s “D level” exam, which is an entry level license. Front row: Lloyd Baldwin; Atari Orphy; James Lundy; Gerardo Vega; Johnny Reyes; Gerold Woods; Miguel Jimenez; Michael Kovacs, City Manager. Second row: Kevin Otems; Terrance Howard; Josh Miller; Frank Ross; Ivanhoe Robidoux; Patrick Scott; Genny Kovacevich; Lewis Rosen, Mayor-City of Galveston; Dr. Myles Shelton, President of Galveston College; David Van Riper, Director of Municipal Utilities; and Nicholaus Miranda. Back row, Cynthia Diaz, Anthony Santana, Phillip Sonnier, Lionel Williams, Derreck Scott, Tarlene Cotton, Andrew Boyd, Jose Magana, MG Moore, Anthony Lee, Jesus Garza, Andrew Innouye, Keith Stovall Jr. and Anthony Edison.

Whitecaps, Marios Partner in Fundraiser-November 22

The Galveston College Whitecaps Baseball and Softball teams will partner with Mario’s Seawall Italian and Pizzeria for their Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner on Friday November 22, 2013. The Whitecaps Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Galveston College Gym at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Athletics Office or at the door on November 22. Checks should be made payable to Galveston College Athletics and proceeds will go to the College’s Athletic fund.

Johnny Smecca and his team of employees at Mario’s Seawall Italian and Pizzeria provide the food and support to Whitecaps baseball and softball players who serve the dishes to the public. For additional information call the Athletics Office of Galveston College at 409-944-1202.

Early Registration for the Winter Mini Semester and Spring Semester 2014 Begins Today

Early registration for the 2013 Winter Mini Semester and 2014 Spring Semester begins on November 18, and extends weekdays until December 14. Student Services office hours during Early Registration are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Payment for Early Registration must be made by noon on December 13, 2013 in order to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

Winter Mini semester classes begin December 16, 2013 and end January 10, 2014. Winter Mini Semester internet classes include: Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, English Composition II, College Algebra, Introduction to Ethics, Texas Government, and College Physics I.

Spring semester classes begin January 21, 2014. For more information, call 409-944-1220.

Leadership Galveston 2014

Galveston College, in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, has set dates for the new Leadership Galveston course for the Spring 2014 Semester. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4 and April 25.  The cost is $350 per registrant.  For information, contact Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs, at either 409-944-1302 or email at  The last day to register is January 10, 2014.

Acceptance into 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 will arise in the coming years.  Leadership Galveston is a training ground, providing participants with the necessary skills to meet those challenges.

Prospective students must complete the College’s Leadership Galveston application and the Employer’s Certification forms found online at, under the Schedule of Classes and the Public Affairs subsections. Please mail forms to: Galveston College Leadership Institute, c/o Joe Huff, at 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550.