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 Galveston College Continuing Education offers on-site contract training programs tailored to meet business or professional needs. Pictured above are a group of employees from American National Insurance Company who took part in a recent Intermediate Excel course taught by instructor Myrna Bond in right foreground. For more information about offering on-site training at your business contact Sheryle L. Jackson, Customer Account Executive, 409-944-1342 or


Galveston College classes for the 2010 Spring Semester begin Tuesday January 19, 2010.   Late registration continues January 19 through January 25.  Come and visit the 4015 Avenue campus soon or check out available credit and non-credit classes at searching for the credit schedule and continuing education guide.

Tuition Assistance for Vocational Programs Available

The Galveston County Community Action Council has announced a tuition assistance program for students enrolled in educational/vocational and high-demand career programs at Galveston College.  Interested applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Please come with a current photo ID and your High School diploma or GED.  Call (409) 765-7878 for more information.

Funding may be available for the following classes:

Diesel Engine Testing and Repair I

This course is an introduction to testing and repairing diesel engines including related systems and specialized tools.  Students will learn shop and personnel safety, understand the use of engine measuring tools, and learn major engine components and principles of operation.  Diesel engine cooling systems, air intake and exhaust system, turbo-chargers and diesel engine emissions are reviewed.  Basic diesel engine trouble shooting and preventive maintenance are addressed.  A High School Diploma or GED is required.  Tuition is $780, and textbooks are required.  Class will meet Monday-Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m, January 25-March 30, 2010.  

Health Unit Coordinator

The Health Unit Coordinator program provides the skills and knowledge necessary to work as administrative support in a health care facility, clinic or doctor’s office.  The course will include instruction in medical terminology, communication skills, and department procedures and functions. Other topics include instruction in medical charts and forms, medical law and ethics, safety/risk management, and physician order transcription for unit clerk in health care facilities. A High School Diploma or GED is required.  Tuition is $650, and textbooks are required.   Class will meet Monday-Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. February 1-May 3, 2010.

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 become 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.  There are six classes that make up the Computer Support Specialist Certificate.  A High School Diploma or GED is required.  Tuition is $1,512.00, and textbooks are required for all courses.   Classes start January 25, 2010; class days and time vary.

Guest Service Certificate

This certificate is designed for the student who seeks employment in the “Front of the House” with a hotel, restaurant or other hospitality companies.  Upon completion, the student will have the basic skills needed to interact positively with guests and coworkers.  There are six classes that make up the Guest Service Certificate. A High School Diploma or GED is required. Tuition is $1,344.00, and a textbook is required for all courses.  Classes start January 19, 2010; class days and time vary.

Join the College Choir

Do you like singing in a group?  Can you rehearse on Monday evenings?  Then you are invited to join the Galveston College Choir, a community-wide group meeting each Monday (beginning on January 25th) from 7:00 until 9:00 pm in room FA 207 the Fine Arts Performance Room, for some fun and challenging rehearsals and performances.

Dr. Larry Patton directs the group and Ron Wyatt is the accompanist.  Reading music and being a confident soloist are NOT required.  You may choose to register for credit or you may join as a non-credit member for $35 at the January 25th rehearsal.  Music is provided – you do the singing.  Call Dr. Patton at (409) 744-6122 or (409) 771-6386 for more information or just attend the rehearsal on January 25th.

Special Event Luncheon Class

Learn how to prepare a luncheon for a baby shower, bridal shower or any special event. In this class students will prepare a menu for a special event, discuss best types of food to serve, plan the layout of the food table and plate food in an appetizing and appealing flow. Tuition is $50; no textbook is required. Class will meet on Friday, April 9th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Call 944-1344 for more information.