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The Galveston College Student Government Association recently sponsored a blood drive on campus. Licensed Vocational Nursing student Cynthia McNetty (seated) donates blood in the bloodmobile with the help of Christopher Harvey of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Fall Registration Underway at Galveston College

Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is underway at Galveston College.  Early registration continues through August 20.  Summer hours at Galveston College for early registration are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30am until 6:00pm.
General Registration is August 24 through August 29.  Registration hours are 8:00am until 7:00pm on August 24 through August 27.  Friday August 28 general registration is 8:00am until 5:00pm.  Registration will be held Saturday, August 29 from 9:00am until 2:00pm.   Classes start on Monday August 31, 2009.  Call (409) 944-1220 for more information.

Apply Now for Universal Access

Since the Fall of 2001 the Galveston College Foundation has made Universal Access “free tuition” awards to over 2, 700 students, awarding over $4 million to eligible individuals.

Universal Access scholarships are provided to ensure that every eligible high school graduate, or equivalent, who resides in the Galveston College taxing district, has the opportunity to attend college or receive technical training through a workforce development program.

The general requirements are that the student must be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district, which includes the City of Galveston, and the communities of Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach, for a minimum of 12 months prior to graduation from high school, or successful completion of GED, or home schooling, and must continue to be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district while enrolled at Galveston College (and receiving Universal Access funds).

New applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a Universal Access application, and an admissions application, or any other public/state scholarship funding applications that may become available. Second year Universal Access student applicants must complete a FAFSA, and a Universal Access renewal application.  The FAFSA is mailed to the federal processor; while other forms are turned in to the Financial Aid Office at Galveston College. Forms should be turned in by August 1 for Fall enrollment, December 5 for Spring enrollment, and May 10 for Summer enrollment. In some cases, the Foundation Director may waive these deadlines but in no case shall Universal Access eligibility be given if the student is not “packaged” for FASFA and UA endowment by the first day of class.

The maximum Universal Access Scholarship grant is $2,400 for tuition and fees and must be used within a five year period.  A one time book stipend of $200 will also be awarded to each eligible student. 
Call 944-1235 for more information.

Motorcycle Safety

Galveston College is offering a two-day course teaching basic motorcycle riding skills and proven techniques that riders need for safe, enjoyable street riding. The course is designed primarily for beginning riders but will address experienced bikers’ safety needs as well. Anyone who is at least 15 years old but younger that 18 years old may enroll in the course, only if he or she has a Class C instructional permit or an unrestricted Class C or higher driver’s license. The course will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8-9. The tuition fee is $195. For information, call 409-944-1344

Health Care Programs

In partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, Inc. (CCI), Galveston College’s Division of Continuing Education is offering a variety of Health Care Professional Certification training programs. Although the US economy and overall job market remain sluggish, the demand for health care staff and professionals is continuing to grow at a staggering rate. These factors have created enormous job opportunities for individuals trained in leading health care professions. Available to both working adults interested in a new career and current health care professionals, these exciting programs will help students prepare for the numerous jobs available to health care staff and professionals! Call Galveston College at 409-944-1344 to register or call 1-877-216-7750 to receive additional information.

Medication Aide

The Galveston College Medication Aide course offers instruction in preparation and administration of designated medications by non-licensed nursing personnel employed in licensed health care agencies. Participants will learn medical abbreviation, symbols, terminology and common equivalents (apothecary, metric, and household measurements. The course fees include the Licensing Exam. Textbooks are required. This program prepares you for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability services Medication Aide Licensing Exam. PREREQUISITE: A criminal background check and students must show proof of High School Diploma/Transcript or GED upon registration. Student must also be employed in a Long-Term Care Facility as a Certified Nurse Aide upon registration as well as throughout the program. The cost of the program is $500. The classes are offered from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. from August 18 through December 17, 2009.