News Stories for the Week


 The City of Galveston and Galveston College have partnered to offer special Basic Computer classes to City employees. The computer training was held recently at City Hall and each of the participants received 12 hours of instruction. Pictured from left are Katrina Griffith, Galveston College instructor; City employees Andre Owens, Albert Thornton, Joe Espinoza, Rosa Espinoza, Ray Short, and Walter Hawkins. Not pictured - Franco Malapitan.

Interim President introduced at special reception

Galveston College’s new Interim President, Dr. William Robert Auvenshine, was introduced to faculty and staff at a special reception in his honor on October 9 – his first day on campus. Retired as president of Hill College in Hillsboro, Auvenshine served there for 20 years. Prior to that appointment, he was Dean of Student Services at Ranger Junior College.  With fifty years experience as an educator, he holds a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Science degree from West Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University.  Dr. Auvenshine and his wife, Anna, have two grown children and four granddaughters. He was introduced to faculty and staff by Board of Regents chairman, Carl Kelly. Following a brief recap of his career, he said “I am pleased to be here and I’m excited to be here as your Interim President.”

City of Galveston and Galveston College: Partnerships that work!

In addition to just completing two special 12-hour training sessions for City of Galveston supervisors entitled “Basic Computer Training for Supervisors”, Galveston College and the City have partnered to provide even more customized classes for City Department and Division Heads.  At a recent seminar held at City Hall, Sheryle Jackson,  Customer Account Executive, Continuing Education Division at Galveston College, outlined an informative program of “Providing Positive Solutions to All Your Business Needs” that was designed to enhance supervisor training, customer service training, and diversity training. The seminar was presented by Angela Sessums, a Certified Facilitator Trainer/Consultant. For more information about these customized classes and seminars, contact Jackson at 409-944-1342, email to, or visit online at

Galveston College to offer continuing education classes for caregivers

As the area’s elderly population continues to grow, so does the need for qualified caregivers.  As such, Galveston College’s Continuing Education Division is offering a special Certified Nurse Assistant program that will run from 5.30p.m.-9.30 p.m., October 30-December 7. Students will receive 86 hours of lecture and lab, 24 hours of clinical on-job training (to be conducted at the Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston), and CPR training. This course will prepare the participant for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Nurse Aide Exam.  Additional training opportunities can include the Medication Aide program and the LVN program – both available at Galveston College.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education division at 409-944-1344, email to , or visit online

Galveston College partners with Chamber of Commerce and Galveston County Small Business Development Center to offer special classes for business community

Select classes are now being offered by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce through Galveston College as a service to Chamber members at discounted prices. For information on class offerings and registration procedure, call the Continuing Education Division at 409-944-1344 or visit online at   Upcoming classes scheduled for this fall include “Introduction to Excel XP” (October 17-November 9), “QuickBooks I” (November 28-December 7), and “Introduction to Public Speaking” (October 31-December 6.)  In addition, the College has joined forces with the Galveston County Small Business Development Center to offer the following programs: “Business Plan Pro” on October 26 and “Targeting your Market”, November 16. Contact Jeff Gordon in the Continuing Education Division at 409-944-1346, or visit online at