News Stories for the Week


Galveston College, The WorkSource and the Rotary Club of Galveston are partnering to present Career Fair 2006 on Wednesday, April 19 in the Galveston College Gym. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, Galveston College Vice President for Administration; Jason Wilson, Galveston College Counselor and WorkSource representative Terri Simpton.

Galveston College GED Testing Center

   Galveston College has made progressive strides in continued education by re-instating a General Educational Development (GED) Testing Center.

   Since November 1, 2005, Galveston College has tested over 100 examinees, resulting in 630 administered batteries, and entered a contract with Seaborne Challenge Corp. that will guarantee a supply of 200 students a year. There has also been a 75% increase in GED participation and a countless number of inquiries due to an increase of public awareness.

   Galveston College is also promoting the Ability to Benefit (ATB) program that allows students to register for one semester of college before taking the GED test. Providing developmental courses for students will help them prepare and succeed in the GED classes and tests, said Michelle Mackey, assessment coordinator.

   Twelve percent of former GED examinees are now enrolled at Galveston College.

   The GED Testing Center provides an alternative that helps bridge the gap of economic displacement due to juvenile decisions, said Mackey. The high school drop out rate in GISD was between five and six percent in 2003 and 2004 and only 55% of students passed the TAKS test in 2005.

    “We offer new beginnings in an effort to help stabilize individuals who were unable to conform to regular school environments,” said Mackey.

   GED costs are set at a minimum across the country and are not created to make money. The purpose of GED testing is to give people a chance to positively impact their life and create further opportunities. For more information call (409) 944-1397.

Galveston College Foundation Hosts Seminars on Scholarships and Universal Access

   The Galveston College Foundation will hosts seminars on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m. in Room M-220 on the 4015 Avenue Q campus to inform prospective and current students about the availability of scholarships through the named scholarship program and the Universal Access free tuition program.

   For the 2006-2007 college year, the Galveston College Foundation will award nearly $60,000 in named scholarships and approximately $400,000 in Universal Access awards from the federally funded Pell grants or the Universal Access Endowment fund.

   Galveston College’s named scholarships are the result of donations in the form of memorials or donations or the result of special event fundraising. Two such scholarships are the Marionette Beyah Memorial Scholarship that was set up to honor the memory of a former faculty member and the Jean Thompson and Dr. Barbara Thompson to benefit students taking Psychology classes. Each of these scholarships offer one scholarship of $500 for a year. The Rudy Tomjanovich Scholarship, raised by an annual golf tournament and celebrity events each fall, offer 10 annual scholarships at $1,100 each. Two new scholarships found in 2005 are the Janice Stanton Endowed Scholarship, offering one scholarship at $500 and honoring former Board of Regents member and civic leader Janice Stanton, and the Emergency Medical Services Scholarship offering seven scholarships at $1,700 each.

   At the March 7 seminar, Galveston College Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation, Joe Huff, will pass out scholarship and universal access information and provide assistance to students with questions about the guidelines for the scholarship and Universal Access awards.

   All students who graduate from Galveston high school, are home schooled or receive their GED and live on Galveston Island are eligible for Universal Access Endowment awards if they are first determined not eligible for federal Pell grants.

   Graduating High School Seniors are urged to attend the March 7 seminars so that they can apply and use the Summer Sessions even if they plan to go to a major university in the Fall of 2006. For more information call Joe Huff at (409) 944-1302.

Beacon Square Bricks Deadline June 1, 2006

   Galveston College is selling bricks or pavers for the new Beacon Square Development. The deadline for brick purchases is June 1, 2006. The College’s Vision Statement-“Galveston College, a beacon of light guiding lifelong learning”-has inspired the development of Beacon Square. Beacon Square will provide a walkway entry featuring the South Jetty Lighthouse cupola at 39th Street and Avenue Q. You have an opportunity to be a lasting part of the front entrance of Galveston College, near an important piece of Galveston History. The South Jetty Lighthouse was located two miles from Galveston Island from 1916 to 2000 until a storm toppled it. Through a lease with the U.S. Coast Guard, the restored lighthouse cupola will soon be part of the Galveston College campus. As part of the College’s expansion project, bricks will be placed around the cupola and at the entrance of 39th Street and Avenue Q that will have names inscribed by laser. The bricks may also be used to honor or remember friends and family, businesses or other organizations. Walkway pavers are available for individual, organization or corporate sponsors from $100 to $800. For more information contact Joe Huff at (409) 944-1302 or

Gallery Hosts Photography Exhibition

   The Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery currently features the photography exhibition, Found, then Lost: Photographs of the Misplaced through March 31, 2006. The Fine Arts Gallery of Galveston College is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts building at the 4015 Avenue Q main campus. The artists were selected for their use of found objects in the creation of their photographs for uncommon depictions of surreal, fantastic, and scientific narratives.

   The artists, who teach art in various Texas university art programs, include Robin Germany, Leighton McWilliams, Dick Lane and Irma Sizer. The Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Steps to Starting a Small Business

   Learn what must be considered and steps that need to be taken to start a business in the State of Texas. This class will help you increase your chances of success and profit in a new business venture. During the class prospective business owners will have a chance to discuss their business ideas and ask questions. Preparation is the key to success in the business world. Course number: 3003; Hours: 3; Cost: $35; Room: TBA; March 9; Thursday; 6:00-9:00 pm Gordon. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

Photoshop 6.0 - Intro to Desktop Publishing (GRPH 1002)

   Adobe Photoshop 6.0 software introduces the next generation of image editing with powerful new features that offer something for every user. Learn image editing software, graphic and website design, photography and collage, pre-press, and more. Easily combine crisp, resolution independent type with pixel-based images. Photoshop's time-saving features help you break new ground and still beat your deadlines. Course number: 3070; Hours: 16; Cost: $70; Room: TBA; March 25 through April 22; Saturday; 8:00 am-12:00 pm; Staff. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals

   An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding, including welding and cutting safety, basic oxy-fuel welding processes and basics metallurgy. Students must wear long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots and cap. No textbook required. Course number: 3010; Hours: 64; Cost: $200; Room: Ball High School; March 20 through April 24; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 6:00 10:00 pm; Staff. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

   This course is an introduction to the principles of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), setup/use of GTAW equipment, and safe use of tools and equipment. Welding instruction in various positions on joint designs. Students must wear long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots and cap. No textbook required. Course number: 3011; Hours: 64; Cost: $200; Room: Ball High School; March 20 through April 24; Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; 6:00 10:00 pm; Staff. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding

   A study of the principles of gas metal arc welding, setup and use of gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment, and safe use of tools/equipment. Instruction in various joint designs. Students must wear long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots and cap. No textbook required. Course number 3012; Hours: 64; Cost: $200; Room: Ball High School; March 20 through April 24; Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; 6:00 to 10:00 pm; Vargas. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344. 

Preparation for Hurricanes (Minimizing Damage)

   This course will identify the destructive forces that can severely damage residential and commercial structures. Learn steps to take before a storm enters the Gulf and measures to take if a storm approaches the upper Texas gulf coast. Understand that it may be too late to obtain building materials days before a possible hurricane strike. Doors, windows, garage doors and roofs have a better chance of surviving if proper precautions are implemented. Investing now may save a bundle later. Course number: 3054; Hours: 3; Cost: $ 25; Room: TBA; May 25; Wednesday; 6:00-9:00 pm; Clement. For more information call Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

Galveston College to Host Career Fair 2006

    Galveston College, in partnership with The WorkSource and the Rotary Club of Galveston, will present “Career Fair 2006” on Wednesday, April 19 in the Galveston College Gym from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Galveston College Gym is located at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston.

    The “Career Fair 2006” event is open to the general public and area students. Fifty employers are expected to be in attendance to talk with students and community residents about potential employment with their respective organizations or to provide information on student’s fields of study. Coordinators of the event are Galveston College Vice President for Administration Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, Galveston College Counselor Jason Wilson and WorkSource representative Terri Simpton.