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The Galveston College Vocational Nursing students recently held a food drive benefitting the Jesse Tree. Pictured from left to right are Joe Compian with the Parish and Social Ministries for Holy Rosary Church; students Mindy Culp and Katrina Hudson; Vocational Nursing Coordinator, Donna Wallace; students Crystal Roque, Sheena Estell-Kerley, Jeana Ruiz, Megan Spencer, Tanisha Simpson, Donna Arevalo, Tonia Spikes, Amy McMahan, Amanda Long, Sherlonda Hampton, Patty Stetar, Amanda Wilson and Renee Nash.
Galveston College’s Dreamkeepers fund has received a $63,302 grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The Greater Houston Community Foundation began operations in 1995 and ended 2006 with over $230 million in assets in more than 500 funds. GHCF participates in a community-wide strategic dialogue on developing innovative and collaborative solutions to meet community challenges. The Dreamkeepers fund was created in 2005 through a grant the Galveston College Foundation wrote to the Lumina Foundation of Indianapolis, Indiana. The fund was designed to help community college students to overcome obstacles to educational success.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation grant brings the total to over $160,000 during the last four years. In 2005, just before hurricane Rita, one hundred and ninety nine students on financial aid received a $150 grant for gas money to leave Galveston Island. To date, approximately 386 students at Galveston College have benefitted from the Dreamkeepers fund in its inception in 2005. Grants have been made from $100 to $1,000 for things such as childcare, medical expenses, transportation expenses and rental payments.
After hurricane Ike, Galveston College President Myles Shelton directed the Dreamkeepers fund to be limited to $250 to aid students returning to the Island and to Galveston College. Donations made by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and matching funds from Galveston College Foundation have aided many students to overcome financial difficulties and stay in college.
Galveston College will offer an exclusive Magnetic Resonance Imaging program online beginning in fall 2009. Courses offered online will include Principles of MRI, Tomographic Anatomy and Pathology, Advanced MRI Physics, MRI Equipment and Methodology and Clinical Practices. Students will be able to learn at their own pace and take the exams online. All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program should contact the Galveston College Allied Health Office at (409)944-1252.
Galveston College will hold open registration for the 2009 spring semester beginning January 6th through January 10th. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday. A Saturday registration will be held on January 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Classes begin on Monday, January 12, 2009.