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Galveston College student Jacinta Urps, center, is congratulated by newly appointed College President Dr. W. Myles Shelton, left, and Interim President Dr. William R. Auvenshine on receiving the University Federal Credit Union scholarship for the 2007-2008 college year.

Achieving the Dream Offers Free Senior Citizen Class

Galveston College Assistant Professor of Developmental English Erma Phillips is looking for ten senior citizens 65 years of age or older to take an English class during the Fall 2007 semester that will review the F. Scott Fitzgerald book The Great Gatsby.  The class is being offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis as an encouragement for senior citizens to explore leisure learning at the local community college. The class will include students of all ages.

The ten senior citizens will register to attend the class through Galveston College continuing Education with the expenses of tuition and fees and the cost of The Great Gatsby book to be covered by an Achieving the Dream mini grant provided through the Lumina Foundation.  The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. beginning Tuesday, August 28 2007.  Interested senior citizens should contact the Developmental Studies department at 409-944-1325.

New Courses Added for Summer II

Five new courses have been added to the second summer session. The new courses include Principles of Accounting, College Physics II, Sociology, Introduction to Nursing Process and EMT Basic Recertification. Visit the Galveston College website at for a complete listing of days and times for the new courses. For more information call 409-944-4242.

New Training Courses Offered

Physical Therapy Aide – This comprehensive 50-hour Physical Therapy Aide Program prepares students for the growing field of Physical Therapy.  The Physical Therapy Aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. 

Diesel engine Testing & Repair Certificate – This 200 hour certificate program provides students seeking a career in diesel technology the skills necessary to successfully enter the profession.  Upon completion, students will have learned basic diesel engine trouble shooting and preventive maintenance, testing and repairing diesel engines utilizing electrical test equipment, computer controls and computer system diagnostic tools and will be able to disassemble and assemble a diesel engine.  Students will also be prepared to take the ASE Test for Diesel Engines.  For more information regarding either class call (409)944-1344

Welding Technology Certificate Program - Although training students in the art of welding for a number of years, recent changes in industry needs prompted Galveston College to develop a new Welding Technology Certificate program.  Instructor Tom Hildenbrand created the new program after meeting with area employers to determine entry level needs for those seeking a career in welding.  Mr. Hildenbrand brings to the class over 30 years industry experience in welding, inspections and safety.  Students in this new program spend a total of 208 hours in three separate courses that include: Introduction to Welding Fundamentals, Introduction to Pipe Welding and Introduction to Gas Tungsten (GTAW) Welding.  Students learn about various processes and “practice, practice and practice” in what Mr. Hildenbrand refers to as a skilled art.  Under Mr. Hildenbrand’s watchful eye, student skills are developed and students are prepared for industry testing throughout the course.  At time of graduation, over half of the class had been hired by local industry.  An important partner in the job placement success of the program has been the local offices of The WorkSource.  Congratulations to Galveston residents and graduates of the program: Donnie Brown, Michael Pickney, Kenneth Temple, Maria Armandariz, Roberta Sukut, Dianna Tamez and Nicholas Einecke.