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The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team has signed Alvin High School baseball standout Andrew Gross. Pictured are Andrew Gross seated and left to right, Alvin High School Head Baseball Coach Mike Rogers, Assistant Coach Craig McFarland and Whitecaps Head Coach Gary Key.

Galveston College Choir, Music Classes Planned

The first rehearsal of the Fall semester for the Galveston College choir will be Monday, August 31st at 7pm in room FA 207 (near the gymnasium).  Directing the choir will be retired Galveston College music professor, Dr. Larry Patton.   Dr. Patton was the choir organizer and director from 1972 until 1998.  Ronald Wyatt is the accompanist for the choir.  This is the best time to join the group as no audition is required.  Students may register for credit or non-credit. 

Dr. Patton will also be teaching private instruction (for credit) in voice, at times convenient to the individual student.

Dr. Stephen Duncan will be teaching Music Appreciation and a Guitar class.  Both classes will meet on Thursday evenings.

Dr. Cindy Kates will be teaching Music Appreciation on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and the History of Rock and Roll Music on Wednesday evenings.   Dr. Kates will also be teaching private instruction (for credit) in various woodwind and brass instruments, at times convenient to the individual student.  

Call 944-1220 for more information.

Leadership Galveston

The Leadership Galveston program develops leaders by providing an educational program on the needs, challenges and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston.  Acceptance into the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in community affairs and concern for the future of Galveston.   The Leadership Galveston Fall 2009 dates are Fridays from 9:00am until 4:00pm on October 2, October 16, October 30, November 6, November 20 and December 4.  The cost is $350 per registrant. The last day to register is September 18, 2009.  For more information call Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation at 944-1302 or email

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.

Digital Photography

Galveston College will offer a class in digital photography. The class provides an introduction to the digital darkroom, its tools (cameras, scanners, printers, etc.), and the techniques used to make digital images. No textbook is required. A supply list will be provided upon registration. The class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, November 10 through December 1. The cost is $65. For more information call 944-1344.

Empty Bowls Ceramics

Galveston College is offering a course designed to make functional soup bowls for the Empty Bowls Annual Fundraiser to help support the Jesse Tree community food bank and outreach programs. Students will learn to hand build and decorate ceramic bowls using various techniques. Each student will produce enough bowls to allow for several to be retained for their own use at the conclusion of the course. No textbook is required. The course will meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm beginning September 22 and concluding October 27. The cost is $65 plus a $20 materials fee. Call 944-1344 for more information.

Web Design I

Galveston College is offering instruction in web design and related graphic design issues, including: mark-up languages, web sites, and browsers. A textbook is required. The class meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm until 7:20 pm from September 1 through December 8. The cost is $250. Call 944-1344 for more information.

Computer Support Specialist Certificate

Almost every computer user encounters a problem occasionally, whether it is the disaster of a crashing hard drive or the annoyance of a forgotten password. The Computer Support Specialist Certificate enables students to be proficient in providing technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users. The student will be able to troubleshoot problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems. A prerequisite for the program is that students must have a high school diploma, or a GED. Courses include Introduction to Computers, Integrated Software, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to PC Operating Systems, Personal Computer Hardware, and Web Design. The program offers all six courses for $1,512. Contact Continuing Education at 944-1344 for more information.

Automotive Brake Certificate

This 128 hour certificate program provides students seeking to enter the automotive repair industry with the skills necessary to succeed in the profession. Students will learn the basics of automotive technology, as well as automotive history, safety practices, shop equipment and tools, vehicle subsystems, service publications, fasteners, professional responsibilities, and automotive maintenance. Emphasis is on automobile construction, major components, basic systems, and their repair and maintenance. Students will then learn the operation and repair of drum/disc type brake systems with an emphasis on safe use of modern equipment. Topics include brake theory, concepts related to design, diagnosis and repair of power assist systems, manual, anti-lock brake systems, scan tool diagnostics, and parking brakes. A long sleeve shirt and pants (appropriate for a shop environment) must be worn. Courses offered are Introduction to Automotive Technology, and Automotive Brake Systems. A prerequisite is a High School Diploma or GED. A textbook will also be required.  Classes will begin September 21, and are held Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Tuition is $1,000 for the Certificate. Classes will be held in the Ball High School Automotive Shop. Call 944-1344 for more information.