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Galveston College Whitecaps baseball recently signed Ball High graduate Parker Montalbano. Pictured left to right are Whitecaps Head Coach Gary Key, Paul Montalbano, Parker’s father; Parker Montalbano, Peggy Montalbano, Parker’s mother and Whitecaps Athletic Director Ken Delcambre.

Leadership Galveston Class Offered at Galveston College

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 membership now boasts over 500 former graduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences, all of whom 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 develop leaders by providing an educational program on the needs, challenges, and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston and to provide motivation for the leadership candidates to become involved in Galveston's future.  Leadership Galveston objectives are to acquaint participants with Galveston's history, government, economy and resources along with the problems and challenges facing the City; offer participants the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with current leaders and decision makers; and to 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 training to overcome the obstacles that face Galveston and those that will arise in the coming years. Leadership Galveston is a training ground, providing participants with the necessary skills to meet the challenges.  The Leadership Galveston Fall 2009 class will meet on October 2, October 16, October 30, November 6, November 20, and December 4.  The cost is $350 per registrant.  To join the next Leadership Galveston class, complete the Leadership Galveston Application and the Employer’s Certification forms ( and mail to Galveston College Leadership Institute, c/o Joe Huff, Leadership Galveston Coordinator, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX  77550.  For additional information please call Mr. Joe Huff at (409)944-1302.


Galveston College is offering an introductory course in watercolor painting for adult beginners. Color theory will be stressed as well as style. Exploration of ideas using water-based painting media and techniques will also be reviewed. No textbook is required. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. beginning July 27 and ending August 12. The course costs $65 for registration. Call 944-1344 for more information.

Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding

Galveston College is offering a class in the introduction to the principles of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), setup/use of GTAW equipment, welding consumable nomenclature, shielding gas nomenclature, grinding tool usage and safety. Welding instruction will be provided in various positions, on carbon steel plate and pipe joint designs. Students must wear a long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots and a cap. No textbook is required. The classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 27 through August 25 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The cost is $500 for registration.

Pet First Aid & CPR 

Pet Tech, Inc. is the first national training center dedicated to first aid and care for dogs and cats.  Knowing the life saving skills and techniques of pet first aid is an important part of being a responsible pet owner.  Our pets depend on us for everything, including knowing what to do in the event of a medical emergency.  By following a simple routine of health assessments, you can add years to your pet’s life!  Be prepared and sign up for one of our pet first aid classes today!  Skills you will learn in this course:  Primary Pet Assessment, Restraining & Muzzling, Rescue Breathing, Canine & Feline CPR, Choking Management, Bleeding & Shock Management, Insect Bites & Stings and Snakebite, Heat & Cold Injuries, Assessing the Pet’s Vitals, Pet First Aid Kit contents and much more. The materials and training are a supplement and NOT a substitute for proper veterinarian care. The course has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 29, 2009 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm.  For more information contact 409-944-1344.

Regents Support New Vocational-Technical Center

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District has approved a major resolution in support of the City of Galveston allocating funds from the Community Development Block Grant, for use in purchasing a building to house a new Vocational-Technical Center.

The establishment of a Vocational-Technical Center by Galveston College will be dedicated to providing excellence in technical training and excellence in teaching. By offering quality vocational-technical educational experiences to high school students, college students, and non-traditional students, individuals may reach their full potential and be prepared for 21st Century employment opportunities and lifelong learning through study and preparation in a technical program area, professional employment behaviors, and positive work ethics.

The City of Galveston applied for and expects to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds (non-housing). The portion dedicated to the Vocational-Technical center is $1.5 million.

Regents passed a resolution declaring that Galveston College is prepared to establish a new Vocational-Technical Center to meet the current and future education and workforce needs of our citizens, and to work towards the economic recovery of Galveston.