News Stories for the Week


 The Galveston College Hispanic Student Organization recently held a raffle to raise funds for future conference trips.  The top prize, a Sony Portable Playstation, was awarded to Paul Mendoza.  Pictured left to right are Paul Mendoza, Galveston College Culinary Arts Instructor and Hispanic Student Organization members, Albert Lopez, Elizabeth Juarez, Rose Rodriguez, and Monique Medina.

Galveston College Island Steel Drum Band Performs

 The Galveston College Choir and the Island Steel Drum Band, both conducted by Eric D. Sharp, are presenting a musical evening of a large variety of music pieces.  The choral music will include a sacred piece by William Billings, romantic music by Brahms, gospels, pieces from Romanian and Israel and music from the musical “Music Man.” This will also be the first concert of Galveston College’s Island Steel Drum Band.  The concert will be on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 7:30p in the performing arts room (FA-207) at Galveston College. The concert is free.  For more information or questions about the music department contact Eric D. Sharp at (409) 944-1258.
Galveston College Student Art Exhibit
 The 26th Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition is currently on view in the third floor Fine Arts Gallery at 4105 Avenue Q.  Featured works will include Ceramics, Photography, Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures.  The Exhibition runs through July 7, 2006.

Galveston College Graduates Largest Class Ever

Galveston College will hold its annual commencement exercises on Thursday May 18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Hall Convention Center Expo C with plans to have 290 students in the largest graduating class in the College’s 39 year history.
 Students, Faculty, staff, family and public guests will be greeted with a welcome by Dr. Phyllis Pepin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.  Galveston College President Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc will introduce platform guests and greetings will be made by Carl Kelly, Chairman of the Galveston College Board of Regents.
 The 2006 Commencement speaker is the Honorable Kyle Janek, M. D., a Texas State Senator of District 17 made up of parts of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Jefferson and Harris Counties.  Janek was born and raised on Galveston Island attending Ball High and Galveston College before going on the Texas A & M to study zoology and returning to UTMB to attend medical school.

Nursing Program Reaccredited

Galveston College’s Director of Nursing, Lillian Barron has announced the reaccreditations of Galveston College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.  The two year degree has previously been recognized nationally and provides a steady stream of licensed registered nurses to the regional healthcare workplace that includes Galveston, Clear Lake and Houston area hospitals and clinics.
 Galveston College provides a host of career ladder opportunities in healthcare including programs in Nurse Assistant, Medication Aide, Dental Assistant, EKG Technician, Medical Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Radiological Health Science, Phlebotomy, Licensed Vocational Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing.  Call (409) 944-GCGC for more information.

Summer Session Starts May 30

Galveston College’s Summer Session I classes start Tuesday, May 30, 2006.  Open Registration will be held May 23, 24 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Galveston College main campus at 4015 Avenue Q on Galveston Island.
 Galveston College is introducing its new Campus Online registration system as part of a pilot program during the 2006 Summer Sessions.  The Campus Online system allows students to register for credit courses at the College’s website.  Campus Online will be fully operational for Fall 2006.

Beacon Square Bricks Deadline June 1, 2006

Galveston College is selling bricks or pavers for the new Beacon Square Development. The deadline for brick purchases is June 1, 2006. The College’s Vision Statement-“Galveston College, a beacon of light guiding lifelong learning”-has inspired the development of Beacon Square. Beacon Square will provide a walkway entry featuring the South Jetty Lighthouse cupola at 39th Street and Avenue Q. You have an opportunity to be a lasting part of the front entrance of Galveston College, near an important piece of Galveston History. The South Jetty Lighthouse was located two miles from Galveston Island from 1916 to 2000 until a storm toppled it. Through a lease with the U.S. Coast Guard, the restored lighthouse cupola will soon be part of the Galveston College campus. As part of the College’s expansion project, bricks will be placed around the cupola and at the entrance of 39th Street and Avenue Q that will have names inscribed by laser. The bricks may also be used to honor or remember friends and family, businesses or other organizations. Walkway pavers are available for individual, organization or corporate sponsors from $100 to $800. For more information contact Joe Huff at (409) 944-1302 or

Announcing Leadership Galveston Fall 2006

The Leadership Galveston program was revived during 1995 as a project of Galveston College's Leadership Institute in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership Galveston members now boast over 300 former graduates of diverse backgrounds and experi¬ences that studied the social and economic aspects of Galveston in previous leadership classes between 1984-1990 and 1995 - 2005.
The purpose of Leadership Galveston is to develop leaders by providing an educational pro¬gram on the needs, challenges, and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston and to provide motivation for the leadership candidates to become involved in Galveston's future.
 Its objectives are to: (1) acquaint participants with Galveston's history, government, economy and resources along with the problems and challenges facing the City; (2) offer participants the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with current leaders and decision makers; and (3) encourage program participants to actively become involved in community leadership roles.
Acceptance in the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in commu¬nity affairs and concern for the future of Galveston. As civic, business and government leaders tackle current issues, a new generation of leadership is training to overcome the obstacles that face Galveston and those that will arise in the coming years. Leadership Galveston is a training ground, providing participants with the necessary skills to meet the challenges.

The Leadership Galveston Fall 2006 dates are Fridays:
September 8, September 22, October 6, October 20, November 3, November 17
The cost is $325.00 per registrant.

For more information call Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation at (409) 944-1302
or email

Pharmacy Technician Certification

This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospital, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. Textbooks are included in the tuition Prerequisites: Students should have taken math and science in high school. High School Diploma or GED is required.  Hours: 50, Cost: $999, Room: N-347, June 6-July 27, 6:00-9:30 pm.

Nurse Assistant Clinical

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Students must enroll concurrently in Nurse Aide (NURA 1001) to complete the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Students MUST wear burgundy scrubs to clinicals.  Hours: 24, Cost: $125, July 13-18, M-F, 7:00 am-3:00 pm.

Introduction to Hospitality Industry

An introduction to the elements of the hospitality industry, current issues facing food service; discussion on current guest needs; and explanation of general hotel/motel operations.  Hours: 32, Cost: $140, Sept 12-Nov 2, TR, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Introduction to Welding Fundamentals

An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding, including welding and cutting safety, basic oxy-fuel welding processes and basics metallurgy. Students must wear long sleeve shirt, steel-toed boots and cap. No textbook required.  Hours: 64, Cost: $350, Sept 11-Oct 16, MTW, 6:00-10:00 pm.

Dental Assisting Program

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The Dental Assisting program will cover key areas and topics exposing the student to both classroom and laboratory hands-on instruction. The classroom instruction reviews the necessary anatomy, terminology, legal and ethical issues as well as the policy and guidelines necessary to understanding the scope of practice and the practical aspects of dental assisting. Topics include instrument identification, equipment maintenance, tooth structure and oral cavity anatomy, dental anesthesia, sterilization and charting. The laboratory instruction allows the student to experience the “feel” of working in a dental suite. The student will learn the steps necessary to assisting the dentist while providing quality dental care within the community. Practical experience includes tooth charting, restorations, bridge implants, bitewing, panograph, and periapical x-ray and the mixing of dental cements.
 Additionally, this 100 contact hour course includes and 8 hour Health Care Provider CPR certification course and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the 3 State of Texas “Registered Dental Assistant (RDT)” Exams I, II & III.  Textbooks are included in the tuition.  Prerequisites: Students should have taken math and science in high school. High School Diploma or GED is required. Background check is required.  Hours: 60, Cost: $ 1199, Oct 17-Dec 14, TR, 6:00-9:30 pm.