News Stories for the Week




Galveston College has offered a popular cake decorating course. Pictured are Beginning Cake Decorating students Lori Overton, Dennise Hefner, Beth Chavarria, Loretta Buddenhagen, Instructor Mirta Salinas, Mary Russo and Veronica French. Interested persons can call 409-944-1344 for information on a new class starting September 27.

Universal Access Enters First Decade

The Galveston College Foundation is entering its first decade of providing the Universal Access program.

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.

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 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.

Information Sessions for Career Training

Galveston College will hold two information sessions to discuss the new Welding, HVAC and Industrial Systems programs as well as Certified Nurse Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator, EKG Technician, and Medication Aid programs on Tuesday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 24 at 2:00pm and again at 5:30pm in room FA-207 of the Fine Arts Building, on the Galveston College campus, at 4015 Avenue Q. Funding may be available for eligible participants to take the classes. A representative from Workforce Solutions will be in attendance to explain the eligibility process.  For more information about the Industrial programs and/or funding contact Amanda Lozano at 409-944-1275. For information about the Health programs contact Carlisse Cager at 409-944-1344.

New Student Orientations

Galveston College is planning several student orientations for new students. New Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all first time, full-time students registering for credit classes. All students are encouraged to attend. Students may choose from one of the sessions listed below:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 1:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Orientation sessions provide students with information on the many services available at Galveston College. In addition, students are also 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 on the 2nd floor of Moody Hall. Visit for more information or call (409) 944-1228.