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At far right Connie Gomez, Galveston College Engineering Instructor, discusses a science project titled “The Magnetic Windmill” with Ball High School students Hunter Carswell and Spencer Bartlett. Carswell and Bartlett participated in the 32nd annual Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair held February 8 at the Texas A and M campus in Galveston.
Galveston College’s Dual Credit Program has given hundreds of Ball High and O’Connell Preparatory students a jump start on their college careers. The dual credit tradition offered by Galveston College has had some recent improvements in providing simultaneous high school and college credit.
The courses now taught in the Galveston College and Ball High School collaboration are taught by Galveston College faculty on the Ball High campus and now several of these courses are provided tuition free to students by grant funding. English 1301 and 1302 and History 1301 and 1302 are offered to high school students at Ball high free of charge. Other courses offered at minimum tuition and fee costs are Environmental Science, Government and Mathematics.
When a high school student passes a dual credit course he/she receives credit on both their high school and college transcripts without requiring them to pass a separate mastery test in order to earn college credit. Many local high school students can complete 15 to 30 semester hours of college credit by the time they graduate from high school, saving thousands of tuition dollars they might otherwise spend in their first year on a college or university campus. These advantages of the Galveston College Dual Credit program coupled with the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Awards available to local high school graduates that reside in the Galveston College District helps create a sizable reduction in the cost of a college education when students start here at home.
Galveston College staff and faculty will join the staff of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, The Workforce Solutions, Congressman Randy Weber’s office, UTMB and the City of Galveston in organizing the Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center located at 5600 Seawall Boulevard in Galveston. Galveston College will operate a booth that has information on current job opportunities and workforce training programs in areas that offer employment after completion. Galveston College will also host a “Speaker’s Platform” that will host twelve faculty and staff presenters on subjects covering Work-study programs, Workforce programs and Social Media use in the job search.
The March 19, 2014 Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair is the 9th annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce together with the District 14 Congressman’s office , the City of Galveston and Workforce Solutions. Last year over 1,200 job seekers attended the event. For more information contact James Patterson III, Business Consultant, Workforce Solutions at 409-359-0086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.