News Stories for the week



Galveston College hosted an Ike Relief Event on Saturday, November 8 where faculty, students and staff could look through clothing, shoes and furnishings and take what they needed as a result of losses during the hurricane. The items were donated to Galveston College by the generous citizens of Granbury, Texas.

Early Registration for Spring 2009 Begins Today

Early registration for the 2009 spring semester starts today at Galveston College. Galveston College registration office hours will be 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays through Fridays registration hours are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Early registration continues through Friday, December 5, 2008. Online registration via campus online at will be available during the winter break from December 20th through January 5th. Spring semester classes start January 12, 2009.

Legal Updates Resume

The Legal Update Program sponsored by Galveston College and the Galveston Bar Association will resume December 10, with a session on “Understanding Small Business Administration Loans”.  The sessions continue in 2009 with a January 21 session on “Real Estate Liens and Mechanic’s Liens” and a February 18 session on “Probate Laws”.
The sessions are held on the Galveston College campus in the Cyber Café at 6:00 p.m.

Hurricane Ike Storm Stories

Following the recent storm, opportunity for business entrepreneurs surfaced in many ways on Galveston Island.  One was that of a couple who invested in a large trailer for storm related trash hauling on the island.  The trailer was attached to their truck and they were in business picking up discarded debris left on Galveston street curbs.  All was going to plan until they encountered piles of heavy water soaked wallboard that subsequently caused the trailer’s rear door hinges to break.  This rendered the trailer unusable and income for hauling storm debris came to a halt.  One of Galveston College’s welding students overheard the couple talking about the need for a welder to repair the trailer’s broken door hinges and the comment, “I do not think there are any welders left in Galveston.”  Student, James Dillman who had purchased a welding machine shortly after starting welding classes at Galveston College spoke up and offered assistance.  The trio went to James’ house where he successfully completed the needed welding repairs to the trailer’s door hinges.  When asked about the charge, James said it was his first welding job so he would charge a dollar if the couple signed his first earned welding dollar.  The couple complied, gave him the signed dollar and also included a $40 tip. For more information on Galveston College’s welding program call 944-1344.       

Leadership Galveston 2009

The Leadership Galveston program was revived during 1995 as a project of Galveston College's Leadership Institute in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership Galveston now boasts over 300 former graduates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. These graduates studied the social and economic aspects of Galveston in previous leadership classes between 1984-1990 and 1995 - 2008.

The purpose of Leadership Galveston is to provide an educational program on the needs, challenges, and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston. The instructor’s goal is to motivate the participants to become involved in Galveston's future.

Its objectives are to: (1) acquaint participants with Galveston's history, government, economy and resources (2) address the problems and challenges facing the city; (3) offer participants the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with current leaders and decision makers; (4) encourage program participants to actively become involved in community leadership roles.

Acceptance in the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in community affairs and concern for the future of Galveston. As civic, business and government leaders tackle current issues, a new generation of leadership is being trained to overcome the obstacles that now face Galveston and those that will arise in the coming years. Leadership Galveston is providing participants with the necessary skills to meet these challenges.

Dates: Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.- January 30th, February 13th, February 27th, March 13th, March 27th and April 17th. The cost is $350 per registrant.  For more information call Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation at (409) 944-1302.