News Stories for the Week


Student Day

Last year on February 17, 2005, a few thousand community college staff and students converged on Capital Hill in Austin, Texas, for an historic first—Texas Community College Student Day. Sponsored by the Texas Junior College Student Government Association, the Gulf Coast Consortium of Public Relations Directors and the Texas Association of Community College Presidents, the event was marked by a barbeque for thousands and visits by students and staff to the offices and chambers of state representatives and state senators.

The Purpose: to educate State Lawmakers on the importance of community colleges and to urge them to fund community colleges adequately.

This year, we continue the Texas Community College Student Day celebration on Tuesday, February 14, 2006, with a localized awareness effort on community college campuses. Additionally, the main representatives of the Texas Gulf Coast Consortium of Public Relations Directors have produced an insert in Texas Monthly magazine in February promoting community college students as Texas heroes.

Community College Facts:

  • Texas Community Colleges educate 45% of all Texans enrolled in college.
  • Community College transfer students are more successful than students who begin college at universities. Compared to students who enroll in universities their freshman year, community college students are more likely to graduate, and are more likely to graduate in less time.
  • 514,548 students took credit classes in the fall of 2003 compared to 472,818 at public Texas universities.
  • The average earnings for someone with an associate degree are $30,974 or 36% more than someone with just a high school diploma.
Young Culinarians Impress Clear Lake Crowd

Culinary Arts students at Galveston College helped entertain the 2,000+ patrons attending Epicurean Evening at Space Center Houston.  The annual event showcases the Clear Lake area’s finest restaurants, food and beverage related businesses and catering establishments in an “out of this world” venue.  The college’s spring 2006 International Cuisine class and the Basic Food Preparation class prepared the Austrian classic Linzertorte, a spiced dough filled with raspberry preserves.  Chef Paul Mendoza was joined by students Rebecca Felton, Michael Molina, Chris Mureno, and Kathy Perry to serve the torte and add a dollop of whipped cream.  The January 29 event, sponsored by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, provided partygoers samples of delicious foods and drinks from over 35 area restaurants and beverage distributors.  Several restaurant booths hosted live bands, others showcased dance troupes and one even featured mermaids.  No one left hungry, and many folks walked away with various gift packages from the silent auction.

Galveston College Hosts FCCLA Culinary Contest

The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy hosted a culinary arts contest on Friday, February 3, 2006, for Region V members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  A dozen three-student teams representing seven regional high schools prepared the same menu in hopes of garnering a spot to compete at the state level.  Student teams were issued a menu, provided time to prepare a plan of action, then given one hour to execute their plan.  Once the plates were displayed, student teams completed self-evaluations of their performance.  Galveston College Chef/Instructor Paul Mendoza was joined by Moody Gardens Hotel general manager Garvin O’Neil and Frederich Brown, executive chef at Holiday Inn Express, I-10 West, in Houston, to judge the all-day competition.  Teams were judged on a number of aspects related to the taste and appearance of the food, but also on proper sanitation practices and knife skills.  Three teams with the highest marks at the regional level will go on to compete at the state level.  The winner of that competition will then compete on the national level. 

The contest provided a great opportunity for students to test their culinary skills, along with their ability to organize and execute a plan in a limited time-frame.  The Culinary Arts lab proved a proficient host, providing each team with a work station consisting of a prep table, prep sink and a stove.  Students also had access to walk-in coolers and a commercial dishwashing machine.  Prior to the contest, many students had not seen the workings of a commercial kitchen and many enjoyed the opportunity to work in that setting.

Galveston College Whitecaps Softball

The 2006 Galveston College Whitecaps Softball team are ready for another successful season. Pictured from left to right, back row, Nicole Schoenberger, Elane Greer, Kimberly Smith, Roxy Meadows, Lacey Arms, Rachel King, Ann Reed, Amanda Alexander, Patricia O’Neill, Aimee Kowalski, and Dottie Williams. Front row: Destiny Mack, Laura Gallant,  Amber Scott, ToniiAnn Pigg, Cori Bram, and Cirby Ryan.

Click here to view the 2005 Softball Schedule

Real Estate Marketing

(RELE 1022) A study of real estate professionalism and ethics; characteristics of successful salespersons; time management; psychology of marketing; listing procedures; advertising; negotiating and closing financing; and the deceptive trade practice act, consumer protection act, and commercial code. Textbook is required. Course number: 3035; Hours: 30; Cost: $125; Room: TBA; Course number: 3035; February 28-March 30; Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00-10:00 pm; Instructor: McBride. Internet course number: 3036; February 28-March 30; Instructor: Goeters


Physical Education Classes

Our Lifetime Learner's classes are designed for people 65 years of age and older. Discounts are available for the classes listed below. If you have an idea for a class or would like to teach a class, please give us a call at (409) 944-1344 or 944-347.

*AEROBICS; Course number: 2089; Hours: 48; Cost: $219; Room: 4619 Ft. Crockett; January 18-May 3; MWF; 9:00-9:50 am; Instructor: Jackson. *Non-credit only

WEIGHT TRAINING; Course number: 2090; Hours: 48; Cost: $219; Room: H-106; January 18-May 3; MWF; 9:00-9:50 am; Staff. Course number: 2091; January 18-May 3; MWF; 10:00-10:50 am; Staff

 Dog Obedience - Basic

This course includes an overview of basic obedience (on lead), basic obedience commands, canine psychology, socialization, and solving behavior problems. The class will offer an individual approach to each dog/owner partnership, allowing participation of puppies (12 weeks+) to dogs of any age. Dogs must have all of their vaccinations and the vaccination record is required the first day of class. Only one dog per student is allowed. Dogs will not attend the first day of class. Course number: 3051; Hours: 9; Cost: $ 35; Room: TBA; February 25-Apri 1; Saturday; 9:00-10:30 am; Instructor: Olsen. Course number: 3072; April 22-May 27; Saturday;9:00-10:30 am; Instructor: Olsen.