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The Galveston College Pharmacy Technology program recently held a workshop for students who want to explore career paths as Pharmacy Technicians and featured guest speakers from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy program. Pictured are (back row) Theresa Martisek, Stella Jenkins, Briana Lane, Cletus Onwe, Krystal Greyberg, Kyle Utz, Kyle Wilcox and Daniel Ortiz. Front row, Christina Ortiz Bergvall, Amy Halsell, May Wu, Ana Villanueva and Teresa Yang, Jarod Watson, Sue Ann Wang and Chase Waxler.

Advancing Community College Education for Student Success

If you read the title above you can get a pretty good idea what Galveston College supporters mean by ACCESS – Advancing Community College Education for Student Success.  

In 1996, Galveston College revived its concept of The Galveston College Foundation and formed a separate community-based nonprofit that "exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people's lives through lifelong learning."

A flagship feature of that effort was the creation of a program called Universal Access that was designed to reduce local high school dropout rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level.

The Universal Access program, implemented in the fall of 2001, has gone through many good transitions, received state and national media recognition and awards and has remained a valuable gift to the residents of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach since its inception.

The Galveston College Universal Access program can be a benefit to all high school, home schooled or GED graduates, and it has already assisted in the education of more than 3,000 individuals with funds exceeding $4.2 million.

This reminder comes at a time when Galveston College celebrates its 42nd anniversary and recruits students for its 2010 spring semester.

If you or members of your family have chosen to leave Galveston Island to attend a four-year college or university, we invite you to consider the Universal Access option in case your plans change or if you return to the island, during the summer months.

The Universal Access Guidelines have been adjusted in the last few years to provide even greater access for local residents to take advantage of their local community college.

For example, Universal Access recipients may now take as few as two courses during the fall and spring semesters and only one course is required during the summer months.

This adjustment has allowed for students to work and attend college at the same time, and recipients now have up to five years to use their award.

The Universal Access program also allows for non-credit work force programs to be funded so students may pursue short-term training programs like dental assisting, pharmacy technician, nurse assistant and welding.

The Universal Access program is an exceptional feature of the Galveston College
Foundation and Galveston College that exists in part due to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and foundations.

The existing $3.1 million Universal Access endowment combined with federal Pell awards, creates a unique "free tuition" program to cover the rich or poor.

Mini Semester Registration

Early registration for the 2010 Winter Mini Semester is now in full swing at Galveston College.  All Winter Mini-Semester courses are online courses starting Friday, December 18, 2009 and ending Friday, January 15, 2010. The Winter Mini Semester courses offered are Hospitality Management, English Composition, United States History II, Introduction to Humanities, College Algebra, Beginning Keyboarding and Introduction to Philosophy. Contact your Instructor and purchase books before 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009 as the Galveston College campus will be closed at 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009 through Monday, January 4, 2010.

Spring Preview

The Galveston College Spring Semester Preview will be held in the Moody Building Lobby at from 10am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. The Recruitment Team and the Recruitment, Retention and Student Success Committee will be available to familiarize prospective and current students with programs and degrees, as well as encourage early registration. 

Galveston College Art Faculty Exhibition

Galveston College’s Art faculty exhibit is in progress and will run through January 29, 2010.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am until 9:00pm and Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.   For more information contact the Galveston College Fine Arts Coordinator, Beth Thomas, at 409-944-1309 or

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all first time, fulltime entering students registered for credit classes; however all students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Students may choose from any of the following Orientation sessions:

 Thursday, December 3rd 3pm
 Wednesday, December 9th 10am
 Tuesday, January 12th  12pm
 Thursday, January 21st 5pm

Orientation sessions provide students with information on the many services available at Galveston College. In addition, students attending orientation will be able to register early for courses and take the Compass® placement examination free of charge at the conclusion of each session.  All orientation sessions will be held in Room M-220 of Moody Hall.  Visit our website for more information or call (409) 944-1228.

Early Registration for Spring Continues

Early registration for classes in the 2010 Spring Semester continues through Dec 4, 2009.  General registration begins January 11 and classes start Tuesday January 19, 2010. For more information call (409) 944-1220.

The 2010 Spring Schedule of Classes and Continuing Education Guide is now available online at and in hard copy form at the 4015 Avenue Q campus in Galveston.