News Stories for the Week



The Galveston College Women’s Volleyball team is in its 18th season. Pictured from left to right are student athletes: Misty Hajecate, Shelby Henrichs, Maranda Andersson, Angela Kelly, Audrey Myers, Denise Dix, Kensey Mims, Kelly Hairell, Shannon Coursen, Rachael Blunt, Courtney Craft, Kayla Fullerton, Amber Quick, Shayna Sheppard, and Kali Gibson.

Fall Renaissance Festival October 30 at Galveston College

Galveston College’s annual fall festival has taken on a Renaissance Festival theme for 2009. The Friday, October 30 event is planned for Beacon Square at 39th Street and Avenue Q. The festival starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. Games, entertainment, smoked turkey legs and root beer will be available along with many booths handing out Halloween candy to all who attend. The event is being coordinated by the Galveston College Student Government Association and it is open to the general public.

Whitecaps Volleyball

The Galveston College Whitecaps Volleyball team traveled to Beeville, Texas on Friday September 25 to play Coastal Bend College at 6:00 p.m.  The Whitecaps won in four games after dropping the first game to the Cougars.  The scores were:  25-27, 25-8, 25-11, 25-10.  After the first game, Shannon Coursen went on a serving spree with 17 jump serves in a row.  The rest of the team made sure that anything that came back across was put down quickly.  After an 18-0 lead, the Cougars never recovered from the shift in momentum, and the Whitecaps dominated the rest of the match with large margin wins.  Statistic leaders were as follows:  Rachael Blunt had 17 kills and a .517 hitting percentage, Kinsey Mims had 13 kills and a .636 percentage and Audrey Myers had 11 kills and a .389 percentage; Rachael Blunt had 6 blocks and Kinsey Mims and Kelly Hairell each had 3; Shelby Henrichs led in digs with 20 for the match and Amber Quick led with 33 assists.

The team got back on the road after the Coastal Bend match and headed to Laredo, Texas to play the Palominos of Laredo Community College. The Whitecaps put up a great fight in game 1, leading most of the game, but the #2 ranked Palominos proved to be too tough for the Whitecaps at their home.  The Whitecaps could never regain the energy and momentum they had in game 1.  The final scores were 21-25, 12-25, and 15-25.  Statistic leaders include Audrey Myers and Rachael Blunt with 6 kills each, Denise Dix and Audrey Myers each had 2 blocks.

EKG Technician

The comprehensive 50-hour Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) - Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams.  This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography.  Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, and the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead.  Textbooks are included in the tuition. 

Prerequisites are: students should have taken math and science in high school, and possess a High School Diploma or GED. A Criminal background check is also required. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 until 9:30 p.m. from October 6 through November 24. The tuition is $999. Call 409-944-1344.

 Excel XP  Introduction

Galveston College is offering an Excel XP Introduction course. The course provides instruction in the use of an electronic spreadsheet.  Students learn fundamentals such as: terminology, machine use, program parameters, display characteristics, formatting features, mathematical functions, and printing.  No textbook is required. The class tuition is $80 and the class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. starting October 6 and ending October 29. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.

Bank Teller

Galveston College is offering a Bank Teller course than can put students in high demand at regional banking institutions. In this course, students will develop the necessary skills to operate a teller window.  The course includes customer service, bank security, practical knowledge of teller equipment, and bank regulations.  No textbook is required. The course costs $110 and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. from October 13 through November 5. Call 944-1344 for more information.

Motorcycle Engine Repair

 Galveston College is offering a course in overhaul procedures for Four Stroke motorcycle engines and transmissions.  Emphasis is on proper shop procedures for servicing the piston, cylinder, valve train, crankshaft assembly, and transmission during the course of an overhaul. The prerequisite is a High School Diploma or GED.  The class is taught at Ball High School on Mondays through Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The tuition is $170 and the course runs October 19 through November 11. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.

Star Gazing for Beginners

Galveston College will help students see real planets, moons and stars in the nighttime sky. In this class students will explore the heavens, learn about constellations, and actually view these objects through various types of telescopes. The first class of two hours is followed by a four hour evening observation class under the stars. No textbook is required and no senior discount is available. The cost is $30 and the class will be offered on Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Quick & Easy Appetizers

For those who want to add some class to their holiday or game day appetizers, without spending a lot of time preparing them, Galveston College is offering a Quick and Easy Appetizer course. This class will introduce creative appetizers that are bound to impress any guests. You will also taste what you make. The cost is $60 and no text is required. The course will be offered on Friday, October 16 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.