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Russ Jones, a former narcotics detective and speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition presented to a Galveston College Sociology class recently. Jones presented a discussion of how the racially biased drug laws have failed and why drugs should be treated as a medical issue as opposed to a law enforcement issue.
In 1996, Galveston College revived its concept of The Galveston College Foundation and formed a separate community-based nonprofit that "exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people's lives through lifelong learning." A flagship feature of that effort was the creation of a program called Universal Access that was designed to reduce local high school dropout rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level.
The Universal Access program, implemented in the fall of 2001, has gone through many good transitions, received state and national media recognition and awards and has remained a valuable gift to the residents of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach since its inception.
The Galveston College Universal Access program can be a benefit to all high school, home schooled or GED graduates, and it has already assisted in the education of more than 2,000 individuals with funds exceeding $3 million.
This reminder comes at a time when Galveston College celebrates its 40th anniversary and recruits students for its 2008 summer sessions and fall semester.
If you or members of your family have chosen to leave Galveston Island to attend a four-year college or university, we invite you to consider the Universal Access option in case your plans change or if you return to the island, during the summer months.
The Universal Access Guidelines have been adjusted in the last few years to provide even greater access for local residents to take advantage of their local community college.
For example, Universal Access recipients may now take as few as two courses during the fall and spring semesters and only one course is required during the summer months. This adjustment has allowed for students to work and attend college at the same time, and recipients now have up to five years to use their award.
The Universal Access program also allows for non-credit work force programs to be funded so students may pursue short-term training programs like dental assisting, pharmacy technician, nurse assistant and welding.
The Universal Access program is an exceptional feature of the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College that exists in part due to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and foundations.
The existing $3.1 million Universal Access endowment combined with federal Pell awards, creates a unique "free tuition" program to cover the rich or poor.
Galveston College in partnership with the Worksource and the Rotary Club of Galveston will be hosting a career fair scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Hermes Fitness Center. This is the perfect opportunity to meet potential employers, fill out applications and provide them with resumes. Some of the organizations attending are City of Galveston HR Department, Department of Assistive/Rehabilitative Services, Devereux Texas Treatment Network, Edgewater Retirement Community, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Eye Masters, Houston Police Department Recruiting Unit, Kelly Services, Manthra Health Care Staffing, Rainforest Café, Schlitterbahn Waterpark-Galveston Island, Sherwin-Williams Coastal District Office, Sodexho, Target, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Gas Service, Texas Orthopedic Hospital, The San Luis Resort, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Transitional Learning Center, U.S. Marines Recruiting Office, U.S. Navy
UTMB/Human Resources, Vista Community Medical Center, Vocational Guidance Services, Walgreen Drug Stores and Wyndham (Galvez) Hotels. The deadline for vendor registration is March 28, 2008. The career fair is free and open to the general public. For more information please call (409)944-1220.
Galveston College plans to sponsor a Spring Festival on April 3, 2008. The festival will be held on Beacon Square at 39th and Avenue Q on the Galveston College campus. Festival hours are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and many of the displays and performances will feature cultural enhancements for students and visitors. The general public is invited to attend.