News Stories for the Week




Galveston College recently honored 4.0 Grade Point Average honorees from the 2010 graduating class.  Pictured from left to right are: Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton congratulating students Brian Cunningham, Dana Endicott, Andrew Engel, Eddie Ernst and Les Weidner. Not pictured is honoree Giuseppina Glover.

Galveston College Summer Session Two Starts July 12

Galveston College’s second Summer Session starts July 12, offering classroom and distance learning classes in subjects in Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Developmental Studies, Economics, English, Government, History, Humanities, Math, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Vocational Nursing. General Registration is July 6, 7 and 8 from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm. Late registration continues from 7:30am until 6:00pm on July 12 and 13.  Call 409-944-GCGC for more information.

Galveston College Hosts College Fair

Galveston College will host a Houston Area Recruiters Network College Fair on Tuesday June 22, 2010.   The event will be held in Moody and Regents Hall at 4015 Avenue Q from 10:00am until 1:00pm.  Colleges and Universities already committed to be present are: UT Dallas, Texas Chiropractic College, Texas A&M, Texas Woman’s University, University of Houston, Lamar, Galveston College, University of North Texas, University of St. Thomas, Prairie View A&M University, Ashford College, Texas State University, Texas State University - San Marcos, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UH Clear Lake and Stephen F. Austin.

Leadership Galveston 2010 Takes Shape at Galveston College

Galveston College has set its dates for the new Leadership Galveston 2010. Sessions will be held on Fridays: September 24, October 22, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 16, March 25 and April 29. The cost is $500 per registrant.  For information, call Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation, at 409-944-1302, or e-mail  The last day to register is September 3, 2010.

Prospective students must complete the college’s Leadership Galveston application and the Employer’s Certification forms, which are online at, and mail them to Galveston College Leadership Institute, c/o Joe Huff, at 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston.

Mystery Shopping

Galveston College is offering a Mystery Shopping course. Mystery Shopping is a great way to add extra income to your household without disrupting your daily routine. As a mystery shopper you will learn about the world of mystery shopping and how to find the perfect shopping assignment.  Tuition is $40. There are three sessions of Thursday classes to choose from: either June 17 & 24, July 15 & 22, or August 5 &12. All class times are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Nurse Aide For Health Care

Galveston College is offering a Nurse Aide course. The course will provide preparation for entry level nursing assistants to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include resident’s rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting, and assisting residents to maintain basic comfort and safety. Emphasis will be placed on effective interaction with members of the health care team. Students are required to attend a CPR Level C health care provider class to be scheduled by the instructor. Students must enroll concurrently in Nurse Aide Clinical (NURA 1060) to complete the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. The course fee includes certification exam, CPR/First Aid and insurance. Course Syllabus, Textbook, and Scrubs are required.  The tuition is $300. Classes will meet from 5:30pm until 9:00 pm on Monday through Thursday, June 14-July 26. Call 409- 944-1344 for more information.

Universal Access and Scholarships Make Galveston College Accessible

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 $4.5 million.

This reminder comes at a time when Galveston College 43 years of service to the community and recruits students for its 2010 summer sessions and fall 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 incase 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, 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.