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Galveston College faculty and staff welcomed their new President, Dr. Myles Shelton, center, at a reception on July 2, 2007 at the Avenue Q campus. Pictured are Galveston College Student Government President Geoff Lingard, at left; Dr. Myles Shelton, center and Faculty Senate President Don Davison.
The motorcycle is an increasingly popular form of transportation and recreation in Texas. Our climate and extensive roadways contribute to Texas having one of the nation’s largest motorcycling populations. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, more than 700,000 Texans are licensed to operate a motorcycle. Prospective and current motorcycle riders should also do their part to enhance motorcycle safety and awareness on Texas roadways. The Texas Department of Public Safety has specific requirements regarding driving a motorcycle and the Continuing Education Division of Galveston College offers a motorcycle safety course that addresses these requirements. In this hands-on course for motorcycle riders, students ride; they don’t just talk about it.
The classes offered at Galveston College teach basic riding techniques that non-riders or new riders need for safe, enjoyable street riding. A person who is 15 years old but is less than 18 years old may not enroll into a basic motorcycle operator training course unless he or she has a Class C instructional permit or an unrestricted Class C, or higher, driver license. The class is required for this age group to apply for a motorcycle license. For other students, completing the course will waive the state's requirement for a motorcycle road test, but those students must have some class of a Texas operator's license. Most insurance companies give a discount for those who complete the course. The course is approximately 20 hours long, with the first part of the course being classroom instruction and the remainder involving training on a motorcycle driving range. Motorcycles are provided. Students must wear protective clothing (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear and rain gear if inclement weather is anticipated). Students may bring their own helmet; loaner helmets are available if needed. Helmets must be DOT approved and are subject to inspection by the instructors. Students must attend 100% of the course, pass the written knowledge test and range skill test. Since 75% of the course is outside; if you have a medical condition or are adversely affected by the summer heat, you may want to consider registering for a class in cooler months. Information on motorcycle safety and approved classes can be found at the following websites:
Texas Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Unit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Galveston College has recently added the new 5 hour Experienced Rider Course for experienced cyclists who want the latest information and tips on safe motorcycle riding.
Classes are scheduled every month. For information or to register, please contact the Galveston College Continuing Education Division by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-944-1344.
Galveston College will offer summer session II six week classes beginning July 16. Open registration will be held Thursday, July 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Summer session II class offerings include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, English, German, Government, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Reading and Vocational Nursing.
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 www.gc.edu for a complete listing of days and times for the new courses. For more information call 409-944-4242.