News Stories for the Week
Early registration for the regular Spring 2007 semester begins Monday, November 27 and continues through Friday, December 1. The Counseling Center will be open from 8.00a.m.-7:00p.m. November 27-28; 8:00am-5:00 p.m. November 29-30; and 8:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Continuing students can register using Campus Online at http://www.gc.edu/ or by calling 409-944-4242. The regular 2007 Spring semester begins Tuesday, January 16.
Graduates of Galveston College’s recent inaugural Wastewater class are (back row from left) Ryan Aagesen, Tommy Biddy, Jr.; Paul Brown, Harvey Burnett. (Front row, from left) Galveston College Account Executive, Wendy Allen; Franco Malipatan, Christopher Mejia, Joe Moffit, John Tassin, and Ray Gooden, Galveston College Water/Wastewater instructor.
As a result of a joint partnership between Galveston College and the City of Galveston, a second series of water and wastewater training will be offered. Upcoming classes include Water Utilities Safety classes –set for December 7-8 from 7:00a.m-6:00p.m.; Water (or Wastewater) Utilities Calculations training December 12-13, from 7:00a.m.-6.00p.m.; and Valve and Hydrant Maintenance –Water or Wastewater classes will be held December 14-15, from 7:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. This second series of classes are also TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) approved. This state-run agency has stringent rules and regulations and Galveston College met all of the requirements to be approved as a “trainer for the Wastewater Occupational Licensing as governed by the State of Texas.” TCEQ requirements state that “certified operators must accumulate TCEQ approved hours for renewal of their water and wastewater certifications.” For more information about dual credit on select classes, fees, and procedure for registering, contact the Continuing Education Division at 409-944-1344 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit http://www.gc.edu/
Galveston College’s Biotechnology program is designed to prepare graduates to work as lab assistants/technicians in research or biotechnology companies. Fortunately, Galveston College students have the opportunity to intern and work for one of the top biotech companies in the United States – NeuroBioTex, Inc. that is based in Galveston.
“We enjoy a very good working relationship with Galveston College”, noted Dr. Chris Frederickson, CEO, who with his wife, Cathy as company president, oversee all operations for NeuroBioTex ( a medical research and technology development firm specializing in matters pertaining to zinc and health). “We both have been very impressed with the quality of Dr. James Salazar’s program and with the GC interns who have worked for us. They have been very valuable to us and they have been trained to know how to get the job done.”
Frederickson believes that Galveston College graduates should first and foremost get into the biotech work force and see what they like and then decide to either further their education with a four-year or advanced degree, or continue to work and progress within a company. “Job opportunities in the biotech field can progress from entry-level technician to lab director and manager, to inventor and/or company president. It’s a wide-open field. And the more these smart, technically-savvy GC interns and graduates interact with the biotech profession – the better their opportunities are.” “This is one of the most exciting and challenging new industries” Frederickson concluded, “And we are very fortunate in Galveston to have this successful partnership between college and private industry where students can truly ‘learn a living.’” For more information about the BioTech program at Galveston College, contact Dr. James Salazar at 409-944-1278 or online at http://www.gc.edu/ For more information about NeuroBioTex, Inc., call 409-762-0678, or online at http://www.neurobiotex.com/
Grand opening and Galveston Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremonies for Galveston College’s new Student Success Center will begin at 10:00a.m Wednesday, November 29 in the Northen Building, Room N-119, 4015 Avenue Q. Light refreshments served in the Atrium will follow the ribbon cutting. The grand opening celebration will continue till 4:00p.m. For more information, visit http://www.gc.edu/