News Stories for the Week
Galveston College returned to the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston to defend its 2008 first place title at the 2009 TAMUG Chili Cook-off, held February 25th. Unfortunately the delicious chili mix prepared by Galveston College Culinary students did not win, but servers Laury Beth Huff, Joe Huff, Michelle Phillips and Sylvia Ojeda of Public Affairs happily served it up to their Aggie colleagues.
Galveston College, in partnership with Workforce Solutions and the Rotary Club of Galveston, is offering a career fair and transfer day under the theme “Navigating Toward the Future”. The event is scheduled for Wednesday April 8, 2009 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and is open to the public, as well as to all college and high school students. Over 50 employers, Colleges, and Universities will be on the Galveston College campus located at 4015 Avenue Q. Participants seeking employement should bring a current resume. For more information call 944-1221.
Galveston College plans to sponsor a Spring Festival on April 16, 2009. The festival will be held on Beacon Square at 39th and Avenue Q on the Galveston College campus. Festival hours will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The festival will feature Cajun food, fun and Zydeco music by LT and the Zydeco Mob. The general public is invited to attend and admissions is free.
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.
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.
Therefore if any Galveston Island graduate who relocated after the storm (to attend a college or university elsewhere) now has plans to return to the Island, Galveston College invites them to consider the Universal Access program for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters.
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