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Galveston College TRiO Upward Bound students were recently recognized for their academic performance at the Upward Bound Academic Bowl. Students participated in the UNT Upward Bound Math and Science Program and honored for Outstanding Performance and Leadership during the 2008-09 school year. Pictured left to right, front row are Tiffany Hampton, Beatriz Sanchez, Asia McClain, Jessica Flisowski, Cheronda Frank, Nikkos Harden, and Juan Galindo. Back row, left to right: Priselda Perez, Upward Bound Director; Tierrah Lee, Elizabeth Salinas, Ashley Fanklin, Elworth Wilcox, Kyle Jones and Adrian Crockett.

Galveston College Offers Pharmacy Tech Program

With the new school year quickly approaching, you may find yourself looking for a fresh start. The new Pharmacy Technician Program at Galveston College is your chance to have a new beginning and a brighter future. If you are struggling to find a new career, find it here! Go for the program that provides you with strong foundational knowledge needed in the field of pharmacy and healthcare. Go for the career that helps patients every day and earn certification after only two semesters of coursework. Go for the change that will connect you with professional men and women in the healthcare field.

Pharmacy Technicians can earn $11-$14/hr and the rate increases with experience. With many community pharmacy chains and institutions such as hospitals, benefits are almost always available. Also, the trend of 24-hour pharmacies increases flexibility for those who need to work afternoons and evenings. This is great for students who are continuing their education, and for technicians who have children.

Start your training now to become a Pharmacy Technician. Classes begin on August 31st, and require no prerequisites. The first semester will guide you through the Pharmaceutical Math and Pharmacology required for Pharmacy Technicians. There is a lab dedicated to the Community Pharmacy setting, and a clinical rotation through a Community Pharmacy. The second semester includes additional Pharmacy Math, and an IV Therapy course, which earns students a national certification in IV compounding. The final semester also includes a lab dedicated to an Institutional Pharmacy setting, and a clinical rotation through an Institutional Pharmacy.

If ever there was a time to achieve your goal, the time is now. The faculty and staff of Galveston College are committed to the success of our students. We offer tutoring, testing and mentoring, with an excellent faculty-student ratio. Child care and financial aid are also available for those who qualify. Come by to talk with the Program Coordinator, Christina Ortiz Bergvall, or call 409-944-1292 for more information. We are here for you; GO FOR IT!

Paralegal Courses

Galveston College is now offering courses to introduce students to the Paralegal profession. The first course beginning in Fall 2009 is Legal Research. This course is being offered from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 
course includes examination of law library techniques and computer assisted legal research.
By the end of the course, students will gain the ability to identify and locate primary and secondary legal authority; and implement effective research strategies. These include utilizing standard and electronic legal research tools with an emphasis on the paralegal's role and ethical considerations in legal research.

The second course is Introduction to Law & the Legal Profession. This course is offered from     11:00 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and provides an overview of the law and the legal professions. Topics include legal concepts, systems and terminology; ethical obligations and regulations; professional trends, and issues with an emphasis on the paralegal's role. At the end of the course, students will be able to utilize legal terminology, explain fundamental legal concepts, understand the judicial system, and explain the ethical obligations of the legal professional in various practice areas, with particular emphasis on the paralegal's role.

Classes begin August 31, 2009.  For more information contact Maria Eliaz at 409-944-1336 or by email at

Galveston College Music Department

The first rehearsal of the Fall semester for the Galveston College choir will be Monday, August 31st at 7pm in room Fine Arts room 207.  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. Call 944-1220 for more information.

Welding Technology Certificate

This 208 hour certificate program provides students, seeking a career in welding, the skills necessary to successfully enter the profession. Students will learn the basics of oxy-fuel burning, carbon steel metallurgy, basic industrial spool sheet drawing concepts, welding consumable nomenclature, shielding gas nomenclature, SMAW and GTAW welding. Once these fundamentals are acquired, students will have learned how to weld plate and pipe joint designs in all positions. Students must wear a long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots, cap and supply their own welder’s equipment. No textbook is required.

The following courses will be taught:

  • Introduction to Welding Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Pipe Welding
  • Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc

Classes begin September 21, 2009 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Classes are held at Ball High School.  Call 409-944-1345 for available class dates and times.

Conversational Spanish I

Galveston College is offering a Conversational Spanish course that is designed to develop conversational skills in Spanish and emphasize the active, practical use of Spanish through an interactive and personalized learning experience. Based on gradual acquisition of useful vocabulary and material related to everyday life, students will become familiar with the Spanish speaking world. A textbook is required.

The cost of the class is $180. The course is being offered on Thursdays from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. from September 22 through November 12. For more information contact Continuing Education at 409-944-1344.

NEW Ballroom Dance Course

So you want to ballroom dance?  Galveston College will let you enter a world of class, tradition and loads of fun. Students will learn basic Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and Rhumba steps and patterns.  Student participants must wear comfortable clothes and shoes. No textbook is required. The cost is $50 per student (partners register at $100 per couple) and the class is offered on Thursdays from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. from September 10 through October 8. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.

Country Western Dance - Introductory

Galveston College is offering a beginning Country and Western class for those who are new to dancing, have no experience with Country and Western dances or need a refresher. Students will learn the most popular Country & Western Dances: the two-step and polka. The class will concentrate on the two-step and dance fundamentals. A variety of fun patterns will be taught, including couple and underarm turns, conversation, wraps and side-by-side. Ladies will learn how to spin. No textbook is required.
The cost is $50, Class meets on Mondays, starting October 12 and ending November 9; from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.