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Galveston College Building Bridges to Success recently held a luncheon to honor graduates and students transferring to universities. Pictured are 2014 graduates back row: Erin Luper, David Luper, Dawn Molina, Nathaniel Sanders, Jarrod Young, Alex Fulton, Lisa Velez, and Dimesha Miles. Middle Row: Shala Hadnott, Ebony Jones, Lisa Owen-Rawls, Jasmine Lewis, Angela Phillips, Angie Imerito, Charmaine Shannon, Jeana Ruiz, Yanci Torres, and Ariel Thorn. Front Row: Jessica Hernandez, Angela Tamez, Alicia Benefield, Carlesha Johnson, Rebecca Westerman, Lavinia Darato, Marisa Rojas, Cynthia Snider, Erika Martinez, Asia McClain, and Asia McClain. Seated: Alec Garcia.


Galveston College’s recent commencement ceremonies in May 2014 saw 565 associate degrees and certificates awarded to 513 graduates. The number of graduates has risen from 289 in 2008 for a measured increase of 77.5%. The number of degrees and certificates awarded in 2008 was 304 meaning that this year’s graduate awards showed an 85.9% increase. The incredible thing is that the increases in the number of awards and in the number of graduates has come at a time of static enrollment growth or even during a slight enrollment decline at Galveston College. As state and national educational and political leaders stress the need for students to find a finish line to their educational goals and graduate with degrees, Galveston College is in the forefront of institutions of higher education with graduation measurements that look good.

Galveston College has also made significant improvements in graduating minority and male candidates. These improvements have been made even though nearly 75% of the total Galveston College student enrollment is made up of part time students. Hispanics completing a degree or certificate within a three year period has risen 9.6 percentage points from 19.1% for students entering in fall 2007 to 28.7 % for students entering in fall 2010. Galveston College has also performed well with African American students graduating a higher percentage than the percentage of African American students enrolled. The five year average for African Americans making up 19% of the total enrollment has a 19.6 % measurement of the total graduating class. Hispanic degrees and certificates have matched the percentage of enrollment over the three most recent academic years as Hispanics have comprised an average of 29.8% of the fall enrollments and measured at 29.9% of the degrees and certificates awarded. Male students, in general, who have completed in three years rose from 17.8% for 2007 to 28.7 % for those beginning in 2010 representing a 10.4% increase.

For more information contact Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs, at 409-944-1302 or email at

Galveston College ATC Plans Open House on July 2

The new Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center will hold an Open House for the public on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The open house event at 7626 Broadway on Galveston Island will feature faculty and staff connected to the Center’s programs of Cosmetology, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Electrical and Electronics Technology, Welding Technology and Medical Administration and Medical Coding.

Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and talk one on one with the faculty and counselors connected to the programs. Call 409-944-1401 for more information.