News Stories for the Week



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 in the back row are Theresa Martisek, Stella Jenkins, Briana Lane, Cletus Onwe, Krystal Greyberg, Kyle Utz, Kyle Wilcox and Daniel Ortiz. On the front row are Christina Ortiz Bergvall, Amy Halsell, May Wu, Ana Villanueva and Teresa Yang, Jarod Watson, Sue Ann Wang and Chase Waxler.

Area College Choirs to Present Joint Concerts

The Galveston College Choir, The Mainland Singers and The Mainland Chorale from College of the Mainland and the St. John’s United Methodist Chancel Bells Choir will join to present two concerts of Christmas Choral music on Monday, December 7. They will present a concert in the performing arts room (FA-207) of Galveston College at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The concert will feature a Christmas Cantata For Us a Child is Born by J.S. Bach sung by the combined choirs under the direction of Dr. Larry Patton and accompanied by Ron Wyatt. Mike Gilbert, Baritone, Leo Hock, Tenor and Pat Bumpus, Mezzo-Soprano will be soloists. The Mainland Singers, St. John’s United Methodist Chancel Bells Choir, and The Mainland Chorale, conducted by Dr. James Heffel, will also present several choral works. The Galveston College Choir, conducted by Dr. Larry Patton, will conclude the musical evening.

The concert will be repeated on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 517 18th Avenue North, in Texas City. Dr. James Heffel will conduct the Bach Cantata in this performance with Deb Lewis as accompanist and Mike Gilbert, Leo Hock and Pat Bumpus as soloists. This concert is also free of charge.

Galveston College Island Potters Guild Holiday Sale

The Galveston College Island Potters Guild will host their annual holiday sale on Wednesday, December 9th and Thursday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Galveston College Atrium located on the main campus at 4015 Avenue Q. For more information contact Beth Thomas at 409-944-1309.

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 is recruiting students for its 2010 spring semester.

If you or members of your family have chosen to attend a four-year college or university away from Galveston Island, 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 such as 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 students at any income level.

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.

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:

  • 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.

Registration for Spring Continues

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.