News Stories for the Week


Galveston College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently inducted over 35 new students into the Sigma Gamma Chapter at Galveston College. Inductees were honored by the local chapter leadership and welcomed into a group of over 150 current student members.

Galveston College Offers Free College Preparation Program

Galveston College TRiO – Upward Bound is now accepting applications to their free College Preparation Program for potential first generation college attendees.  To be eligible students must be 9th or 10th grade Ball High School students or 8th grade planning to attend Ball High School and must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in the legal process of becoming a permanent resident.  Students must demonstrate academic potential for college with a desire and a need for academic support.  Financial need will be determined by the Department of Education. For more information contact Galveston College TRiO – Upward Bound at 409-944-1254 or

College Readies for Summer Semester

Galveston College will begin early registration starting April 19 and run through May 7 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Registration will continue May 17 through May 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. General registration for the Summer Semesters will be held June 1, June 2 and June 3 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Summer Semester classes start Monday June 7, 2010.

Galveston College Lecture Series Features “The Science and Technology of Brewing”

Galveston College 2010 Spring Lecture Series will feature its final presenter on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Room FA-207 of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building.  The series’ final speaker is Brock Wagner, Founder and CEO of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Mr. Wagner’s topic will be “The Science and Technology of Brewing”.

Wagner has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800's and opened Wagner's Beer Hall in San Francisco. Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world.

Then in college at Rice University, fate introduced him to home brewing. This love of beer and brewing was what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a microbrewery. Brock develops the recipes for the Saint Arnold beers based on his own home brewing experience coupled with a desire to create world class beers for local tastes. His preference is for beers with rich malty, creamy flavors and no shortage of hops. Brock also revived the old tradition of cask ales, a style of beer not seen distributed in Texas since probably prior to Prohibition. Several of the Saint Arnold beers have won awards, including from the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the Real Ale Festival, the Colorado State Fair and the World Beer Championships.

Universal Access Available to High School Seniors

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 3,300 individuals with funds exceeding $4.2 million.
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.